MELBOURNE, Oct 28, 2015:
Drunken slurring could have contributed to the evolution of the Australian accent, according to research done by an Aussie speech expert.
The Australian accent is the product of colonial settlers getting heavily drunk, according to Dean Frenkel, a tutor and lecturer at Victoria Unviersity in Melbourne.
He said that as well as having origins in Aboriginal, English, Irish and German, the Australian accent was also a result of their ancestor’s love of alcohol.
Mr Frenkel said: “The Australian alphabet cocktail was spiked by alcohol. Our forefathers regularly got drunk together and through their frequent interactions unknowingly added an alcoholic slur to our national speech patterns.
“For the past two centuries, from generation to generation, drunken Aussie-speak continues to be taught by sober parents to children,” he was quoted as saying in a report in the Independent
Mr Frenkel says “poor communication is evident among all sectors of Australian society” and says the average Australian speaks to two-thirds of his capacity.
He is calling for rhetoric lessons to be included in the education curriculum as he believes this would “raise” the country’s “standards of communication”.
Despite Mr Frenkel’s concerns, the Australian accent seems to be popular with people across the world, according to the report in the Independent.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/australian-accent-is-a-product-of-early-settlers-heavy-drinking-claims-academic-a6711486.html