Definition of Australian language in English:

Australian language


mass nounthe Australian language
NZ, Australian
  • 1The variety of English spoken in Australia; Australian English.

    ‘there are some similar examples to be found in the Australian language’
    • ‘But I love colloquial, I love the Australian language, and I love using it in my poetry.’
    • ‘The euphemisms of the frontier, laconic and sharp, entered the Australian language.’
    • ‘The relative size of the American cultural industry makes it increasingly part of Australian language and the way we describe ourselves.’
    • ‘The Australian language is a very different animal and while many would suggest that this is simply the result of isolation and a weird ethnic mix, I would disagree.’
    • ‘The Australian language developed during the 19th century, first mainly in the penal settlements.’
    • ‘If you take every swearword out of that Australian language, you're creating a vacuum that something else has got to flow into.’
    • ‘I have been making a careful study of the Australian language.’
    • ‘A new Australian language, based on a unique colonial society seeking to define itself, was thus slowly developing in these decades.’
    • ‘Jargon has enriched the Australian language.’
    • ‘The Australian language has its compehension difficulties, so they abbreviate everything longer than two syllables.’
    1. 1.1count noun An Aboriginal language.
      ‘Australian languages are important for understanding the continent's human past’
      • ‘The search has to be fast because most Australian languages are dying.’
      • ‘For a classical illustration, let us take a look at Dyirbal, an aboriginal Australian language spoken in North Queensland.’
      • ‘It is quite a common feature of indigenous Australian languages for words denoting country and/or spirit to move from one or the other meaning over time.’
      • ‘The one major family, Pama-Nyungan, includes all the Australian languages outside the northwest.’
      • ‘Switch-reference can be marked by independent morphemes, as is found in a number of Australian languages.’
      • ‘All Australian languages are ultimately related, with the single exception of Miriam Mer, the language of the eastern Torres Strait.’
      • ‘Furthermore, what we have seen here in Australian languages can also be observed in American languages.’
      • ‘Luritja, which is related to other central Australian languages such as Pintupi, can be understood by approximately 3,000 speakers.’
      • ‘Through genocide, discrimination, and policies of linguistic assimilation, many Australian languages are no longer spoken, or spoken only by a few old people.’
      • ‘Two Australian languages utilize different sets of markers for implicated clauses, imperfective relative clauses and perfective relative clauses.’