AGM: Professor Roly Sussex to lead Prestige English discussion, en table ronde
The guest speaker for the 2013 AGM is Honorary Member, IPEd patron and language scholar, Professor Roland (Roly) Sussex.
At the AGM, following the formal agenda, voting and appointment of the Management Committee, Roly will lead a discussion, en table ronde, about prestige English in Australia.
Who is the best speaker of English in Australia, and why? This will be the kick-off question. Each language Roly is familiar with has a prestige variant: a way of speaking and writing that has special status, one that is used by the powerful or influential - politically, socially and culturally. A monolithic language such as French has a clearly defined prestige variant, blessed by the Académie Française and propagated by powerful people, the media, and educational and public institutions. Does English compare?