Are Australians losing their distinctive accent?

Are Australians losing their distinctive accent?

Listen Professor Roland Sussex on the decline of 'broad' Australian (3 mins 17 secs)

The 'broad' Australian accent is in decline, according to new research.

Australian farmer

The traditional Australian accent is fading

The strong Australian accent has its origins in the cockney English spoken by many of the earliest migrants and was at its most pronounced in the 19th century.

Now a new study has found that the accent is fading and Australians are moving towards a standardised accent. Why?

Roland Sussex is Professor of Applied Language Studies at the University of Queensland.

First broadcast 6 October 2008