STRINE. A non-technical word coined by Alistair Morrison, to represent an alleged Australian pronunciation of Australian. Writing under the pseudonym Afferbeck Lauder (‘alphabetical order’) and as Professor of Strine Studies at the University of Sinny (Sydney), Morrison published a series of humorous articles in the Sydney Morning Herald, some of which were later collected under the title Let Stalk Strine (Sydney, 1965). The series made much of such features as ELISION, ASSIMILATION, and METANALYSIS, as characteristic of Broad Australian: Emma Chisit How much is it?; money Monday; ass prad house proud; tan cancel town council. The term has had some local and international acceptance as a name for a stereotype of pronunciation and syntax (the ‘style’ of AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH). Examples like Gloria Soame (glorious home) indicate the importance of EYE DIALECT in achieving the desired effect.
Strine the English language as spoken by Australians; the Australian accent, especially when considered pronounced or uneducated. The name represents an alleged Australian pronunciation of Australian, coined by A. A. Morrison (1911– ) in 1964.
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