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Torres Strait English is a dialect of the English language spoken by the Torres Strait Islanders of north Queensland, Australia. It is distinct from Torres Strait Creole, though most Islanders can speak both the creole and English.[1] Image File history File links Wiki_letter_w. ... A dialect (from the Greek word διάλεκτος, dialektos) is a variety of a language characteristic of a particular group of the languages speakers. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The Torres Strait Islander Flag. ... Capital Brisbane Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Quentin Bryce Premier Peter Beattie (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 28  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product ($m)  $158,506 (3rd)  - Product per capita  $40,170/person (6th) Population (End of September 2006)  - Population  4,070,400 (3rd)  - Density  2. ... Torres Strait Creole (also Torres Strait Pidgin, Torres Strait Broken, Cape York Creole, Lockhart Creole) is a creole language spoken on several Torres Strait Islands (Queensland, Australia). ...

It's main phonological characteristic is the retention of English i: and u: where Asutralian English has əi and əu (for example, wheel wi:l vs wəil, fool fu:l vs fəul), while where grammar and the like are concerned, Torres Strait English shows a certain amount of post-Creole characteristics, such as the phrase You for tired for the Englsh You look really tired, and the almost mandatory use of second personal pronouns in the imperative. This a non-rhotic accent, like Australian and New Zealand accents. English pronunciation is divided into two main accent groups, the rhotic and non-rhotic, depending on when the phoneme (the letter r) is pronounced. ...


  1. ^ Shnukal (2001): pp. 182–183.


  • Shnukal, Anna (2001). "Torres Strait English", in David Blair and Peter Collins (eds.): English in Australia. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, pp. 181–199. ISBN 90 272 4884 2 (Eur.) / ISBN 1 55619 729 2 (US). 

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