Expert argues Australian accent is influenced by alcohol
Australians have a distinctive drawl that one communications expert has attributed, at least in part, to alcohol consumption.
Dean Frenkel, a lecturer at Victoria University in Australia, recently made this assertion in a piece he authored for The Age.
He begins by writing that the native accent "developed in the early days of colonial settlement from a cocktail of English, Irish, Aboriginal and German."
But he then goes on to say, "Our forefathers regularly got drunk together and through their frequent interactions unknowingly added an alcoholic slur to our national speech patterns."
And because this style of language has been passed down through the generations, he estimates that "the average Australian speaks to just two thirds capacity."
His main point is that Australians should learn how to communicate better in order to improve individual lives as well as society in general.
While some support Frenkel's campaign, critics have pointed out flaws in his argument and the absence of facts to support it.
He has since acknowledged that his theory about alcohol is not based on historical or linguistic proof but on parallels he has observed.
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