Been in the bin?

Ted   Thu Mar 02, 2006 8:25 am GMT
Interesting about Miz Vanstone, as the "bin" pronunciation is common in the UK, and South Aust is probably the state with the greatest proportion of people with >solely< English ancestry. However SA has only a small population, about 1.6m or 8% of the total Australian population, so perhaps it won't catch on..
Guest   Thu Mar 02, 2006 9:03 am GMT
Well I think it's more common in the rest of Australia than people realise but we don't really pay attention to these things in the ordinary flow of speech. At least I often say "bin" though I'm not SAian and I think it's just a natural part of articulation, without trying to sound posh or anything.

Recently there was a survey done on the speech and pronunciation, albeit a simple one, of natively born Australians. Well I supose it was substantial enough to induce surprise from those who analysed their fellow compriots in detail. Some found exotic features, like a certain undescribable British quality, even in others who had grown up in the same city.