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Makes me feel more aussie: Ethnic identity and vocative mate in Australia

Alimoradian, Kiya


A ‘quintessentially Australian’ feature of English, vocative mate has been said to carry a special connection with Australian identity and culture However, precisely how this can be measured is yet to be established. This paper analyses the reported use of vocative mate by Australians of a Non-English Speaking Background (NESB) and its relation to self-perceived ethnic identity. Data collected from 101 participants demonstrate that overall, usage patterns for NESB Australians are similar to...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Linguistics
DOI: 10.1080/07268602.2014.929083


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