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Speaking Our Language : The Story of Australian English
Author: Bruce Moore

ISBN: 9780195565782
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 1 February 2009
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 17.0 x 1.5
Description:
For the first time ever the story of Australian English is about to be told in full. As part of our Centenary 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 molded it, why it takes its present form, and where it is going. The subtitle 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 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, language is by far the most significant. This language we speak, and which ...

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