Plothiker Of Identity

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In Australia, accent can be an important marker of identity. Users may adapt their accent in order to modify the way that others perceive them. Clothier supports this suggesting that individuals may change the way they speak, depending on the context, ‘to emphasise different identities.’ Historically, the cultivated accent has been given higher prestige than the broad accent. Users may therefore modify their accent to present a more prestigious identity in formal situations such as a job interview or whilst in court. For example, a broad speaker may modify their pronunication of the word ‘bite’ from the broad [ɒɪ] to the cultivated [aɪ], or ensure they avoid the deletion of [h] in lexemes such as ‘helmet’ and ‘happen.’ However, in more recent
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