Languages of Australia

Languages of Australia

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Although Australia has no official language, it is largely monolingual with English being the de facto national language. Australian English has a distinctive accent and vocabulary. According to the 2001 census, English is the only language spoken in the home for around 80% of the population. The next most common languages spoken at home are Chinese, Italian, Vietnamese and Greek. A considerable proportion of first- and second-generation migrants are bilingual. It is believed that there were between 200 and 300 Australian Aboriginal languages at the time of first European contact. Only about 70 of these languages have survived and all but 30 of these are now endangered. An indigenous language remains the main language for about 50,000 people. Australia has a sign language known as Auslan, which is the main language of about 6,500 deaf people.show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 141g
  • Aud Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6136767546
  • 9786136767543