Americanization and Australia by Philip Bell, Roger Bell

By Philip Bell, Roger Bell

Americanization and Australia is a suite of essays exploring the negotiation of impression and gear interested in Americanization overseas. providing a various reaction via experts in different fields, this e-book is an research of id politics.

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Take movie for example, the American word for a feature film, which now helps to distinguish the fictional from the documentary type of celluloid stimulation. The word ‘film’ has become superordinate of an enlarged semantic domain, with movie as one of its hyponyms, and in the restructuring process its American connotations have swiftly evaporated. Likewise vacation, the ordinary American word for a person’s holiday. In Australian English it sits alongside holiday as the word for a luxury escape to far north Queensland ...

This is certainly the story of twentieth century borrowings from American English. At regular intervals from the 1930s on, Australian observers comment on Americanisms impacting on antipodean English, but each decade the list consists of an almost entirely fresh set of expressions (see Appendix I). 11 I wonder how many would feel it still had American connotations. Colloquial Americanisms such as to chip in, hitched (‘married’), tough luck were among those listed in the Sydney Telegraph newspaper in July 1936 as a force to reckon with.

C. Downs, Commercial Attache, Melbourne, to Dr. E. E. Pratt, Chief, Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, Department of Commerce, 15 July 1915; Report 16; Australia – Reports 1915; Records relating to Commercial Attaches Reports, Australia (Sydney) 1915–1931; Records of the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, Record Group 151; National Archives 2, Washington, DC. 7 Editorial, the Age, 14 July 1915, attached with ibid. 8 ibid. 9 ibid. 10 W. T. Costello, American Vice Consul, Melbourne, to the Department of State, ‘Report on Agitation Against American Films in Australia’, 12 August 1926; (microfilm T1190, roll 6); American Consulate General, Melbourne, 1910–29; Records of the Department of State relating to Internal Affairs of Australia, 1910– 44, Record Group 84: National Archives 2, Washington, DC 11 ‘Opinions on the Foreign Outlook’, Film Year Book, 1926, p.

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