Why some Aussies sound 'bogan'

 

There's now an explanation why some Australians sound more “bogan” than others.

Just like there are different accents in the US and the UK, there are actually three different accents in Australia.

Our three different accents are broad, general and cultivated.

Kath and Kim are said to have a 'broad' accent. Source: AAP

An easier way to determine which accent you might have is going by celebrities.

People that resemble the accents of Kath and Kim or Steve Irwin have a broad accent while those that might sound like Hugh Jackman have general accents.

Anyone that might sound like Nicole Kidman or Kylie Minogue are said to have a cultivated accent.

Unlike the UK and US where an accent can easily show where you hail from, Australia often uses accents to determine social class.

“If you hear a broad accent, it’s likely to be someone who comes from country Australia, a tradie, people less likely to live in urban areas, less likely to complete university education and less affected by norms in cities,” Professor John Hajek, from University of Melbourne’s School of Languages and Linguistics, told news.com.au.

Nicole Kidman has a cultivated accent. Source: AAP

Professor Hajek added there were still ways you could tell a Melburnian from a “When companies advertise swimwear they always avoid words of regional origin by using the word ‘swimwear’ and similar,” Professor Hajek said.

“They won’t advertise swimmers or bathers. People from southern states of Australia say bathers — swimmers definitely from NSW.

“Queenslanders think they are the only ones to say togs but it is common in Victoria too.

There are other terms that differ by geography, such as divide between “potato cake” and “potato scallop”.

Steve Irwin has a 'broad' accent. Source: AAP

Professor Hajek said another common term is sausage in bread verses sausage sandwich, the latter correlating with NSW, and sausage in bread from south of the border.

His research also found Melbourne has a tiny difference in their accent with around one third unable to distinguish between salary and celery and the names Ally and Elly.

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