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Title: Speaking Our Language
Subtitle: The Story of Australian English
Written By: Bruce Moore
Description:

For the first time ever the story of Australian English is about to be told
in full. As part of our Centernary celebrations Oxford University Press
Australia is proud to be publishing this significant contribution to the
national landscape.

"Speaking Our Language" is written for people who want to know where
Australian English came from, what the forces were that moulded it, why it
takes its present form, and where it is going. The sub-title of this book,
"The Story of Australian English," derives in part from the chronological
story that the book traces: the story begins with Joseph Banks and Captain
James Cook collecting indigenous words such as kangaroo and quoll in
northern Queensland in 1770, and it continues from there right up to the
present day, when Australian English is firmly established as the natural
and national language of Australia. It is a 'story' in another sense as
well: the story of the development of Australian English is inextricably
intertwined with the stories of Australian history and culture, and of the
development of Australian identity. Of all the markers of identity, is not
however, a unifaceted thing. It is, as the Australian identity: in
important ways, we are "what" we speak, and we are "how" we speak.

"Speaking Our Language" grew out of the research of the Australian National
Dictionary Centre (ANDC) at the Australian National University. The Centre
is named after the Australian National Dictionary, which was the first
published in 1988, and which includes some 10,000 Australian words and
meanings. Since 1988, the "Australian National Dictionary," and expects to
add about 4500 new words and meanings.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0195565789
ISBN-13: 9780195565782
Pages: 260
Prices: U.S. $ 29.95