Kate Burridge Articles on ‘The Conversation’


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*** VERY USEFUL Articles By Kate Burridge! ***

Hey guys,
 
I was doing a casual search on Google News for the term ‘Australianisms’ and this article came up: http://theconversation.com/slanguage-and-dinky-di-aussie-talk-in-elections-59967 (PLEASE READ THIS ARTICLE FIRST BEFORE CONTINUING).
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I started reading this and realised this article is full of GOLD peculiar to Unit 4 AOS 1 – a lot of the examples referenced in this article are great for your essays.
 
I then realised it was written by Burridge and I also noticed she has a few more articles on the site (all dated 2016). You can find them all here: http://theconversation.com/profiles/kate-burridge-130136/articles
 
Perfect resources for your quotes list. But back to that first article, I linked as that’s what I’ll be focusing on today. 
To give a bit of context, you are probably aware that the federal elections were only a short time ago – and in the lead up to Election Day, Australian politicians were constantly trying to ‘relate’ and ‘connect socially’ to the Australian public. In fact, according to the article, ANU researcher Evan Kidd recently set out empirically something Australians have intuitively known for a long time – “using Australian slang increases your likeability amongst other Australians”.
However, with that being said, I am sure you can recall that some politicians are better at using Australian slang than others. Some seem inauthentic while others seem genuine. It depends on the person really and their authenticity. As quoted in the article:
“For instance, Barnaby Joyce caused a stir when he said the Johnny Depp apology video was “going off like a frog in a sock”. People get quite excited about pollies using Australian slang, especially in reference to an international incident. Yet, people weren’t that surprised to hear frog in a sock coming from Joyce – he’s a bit of a larrikin.
Rudd and his use of Australian slang offer a stark contrast to Joyce. Rudd’s a dork (this was part of his appeal in 2007), and he didn’t start using Australian expressions (at least publically) until things started to go badly in the polls.
And when Rudd did begin using these expressions, he did so awkwardly and conspicuously. His use (three times) of “fair shake of the sauce bottle” was reported and criticised far and wide – “Antiquated Australian slang, recently deployed by the country’s prime minister” (The New York Times, June 17, 2009). More so, it muddled the earlier idiom (“fair suck of the sauce bottle”), a possible or even likely reference to booze.”
In the above paragraphs, take note of what I have underlined. This is an important point to make – how using language can help influence your perception of someone. As stated above, when Rudd began to perform badly in the polls, he consciously increased his usage of Australian colloquialisms such as ‘fair shake of the sauce bottle’ to appeal to the Australian cultural value of mateship (which coincidentally is an Australianism!).
Furthermore, “pollies use Australian slang to draw “fairness”, “honesty” and “authenticity” (e.g. fair go, fair dinkum) into public discussions. Recall when Tony Abbott promised a “fair dinkum paid parental leave scheme” in his 2010 and 2013 election speeches – and in every budget reply speech from 2010 to 2012.”
Note: ignoring the actual content in this piece, HOW can you tell that this is an Australian author? Firstly, the author colloquially refers to politicians as ‘pollies’ on numerous occasions. Secondly, he also refers to other quintessential terms such as ‘mateship’ and ‘battler’. The term ‘pollie’ itself says something quite interesting about our views towards politicians.
I hope this helps with your essays and understanding! Remember that the assessors look for modern examples and also not just copying what everyone else does. This does require work and effort (I need to be honest!).

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Kate Burridge Articles on ‘The Conversation’

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