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Title: Colonial Voices
Subtitle: A Cultural History of English in Australia, 1840–1940
Written By: Joy Damousi
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/uk/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521516310
Series Title: Cambridge Social and Cultural Histories (No. 15)
Description:

Colonial Voices explores the role of language in the greater 'civilising' project
of the British Empire through the dissemination and reception of, and
challenge to, British English in Australia during the period from the 1840s to
the 1940s. This was a period in which the art of oratory, eloquence and
elocution was of great importance in the empire and Joy Damousi offers an
innovative study of the relationship between language and empire. She shows
the ways in which this relationship moved from dependency to independence
and how, during that transition, definitions of the meaning and place of
oratory, eloquence and elocution shifted. Her findings reveal the central role
of voice and pronunciation in informing and defining both individual and
collective identity, as well as wider cultural views of class, race, nation and
gender. The result is a pioneering contribution to cultural history and the
history of English within the British Empire.

- Innovative cultural history of English in the British Empire by one of
Australia's leading historians
- Considers how speech is part of our individual
and collective identity, enhancing our understanding of the role of language in
our culture
- Will appeal to scholars and students of cultural history, Australian and
colonial history and the history of the English language

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521516315
ISBN-13: 9780521516310
Pages: 326
Prices: U.K. £ 55.00