Americanization and Australia by Philip Bell, Roger Bell

By Philip Bell, Roger Bell

Americanization and Australia is a set of essays exploring the negotiation of effect and gear interested by Americanization overseas. supplying a various reaction via experts in different fields, this booklet is an research of identification politics.

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51 Such minds were not fully formed and self-responsible but were susceptible to suggestion and to malign influence. Over and over again in the anti-Americanisation literature, the spectre of damage done to children and youth was raised, and more specially the risk to Aborigines and the ‘subject races’52 of the East. There were also other groups who, for a variety of reasons, were more open to suggestion and corruption. 53 A secular version is found in a speech by the long-serving Sydney Censor, W.

Thus any such advancement of stress in Australian AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH 35 pronunciation cannot be exclusively attributed to American influence. The question of adding secondary stress to polysyllables like secretary and primarily is more intricate. The slightly elongated American vowels mean that the ‘weak’ syllables are not all reduced, either to the indeterminate vowel (like the second syllable in butter) or to zero, and they thus lose a syllable, as in British and Australian pronunciation of words like se-cre-try, (going from four to three syllables).

Costello’s report in particular pinpoints this division of the national entity ‘Australia’, although he, as an American official, reversed the values of the binary. For him, there was the good majority–the populace as a whole, the general public, the people–and the bad minority–politicians, newspaper editors, church leaders, social reformers, manufacturers: a collection that would seem to fulfil most of the usual criteria for a social elite or the leaders of society. It was a collection, too, that was almost directly analogous with the American Americanisers of the decade before.

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