The Sounds Of Aus

About the Show

About the Show

How can you tell if somebody is Australian? By what they look like? By what they do for a living? By how they think? Hardly. But when an Australian opens their mouth, there's no mistaking what country they're from. The cultural DNA in this country is most definitely in the way Australians speak! But what is the Australian accent? How do you do it? Where did it come from? Is the broad ocker accent how most Australians speak? Are there regional accents? Could the accent be under threat from the forces of globalisation? Is it even worth preserving? Where is it going from here? Hosted by John Clarke, and told through an array of illuminating interviews with linguists, historians, social and political commentators, comedians, actors, and plenty of opinionated people with genuinely hilarious anecdotes, The Sounds of Aus is a humorous, informative and uplifting documentary that tells the story of the Australian accent. It tells us how we got it, how to do it, how it has evolved over the two centuries since the First Fleeters first transported the English language to our shores, and what is happening to the accent now.


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