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The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage - Pam Peters

The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage

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Published: 27th April 2007
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The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage is an up-to-date, evidence-based account of the variable points in Australian usage and style, in alphabetical format. Its description of Australian English uses a wealth of primary sources (linguistic corpora; the internet; public surveys of usage, conducted through Australian Style) as well as the latest editions of English dictionaries, style manuals and grammars. With all this input the Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage provides in-depth coverage of the currency of alternative usages in spelling, punctuation and word choice in Australia, while showing the influence of British and American English here as well. This book is designed for everyone who writes and edits documents and non-fiction texts, for print or electronic delivery. Tertiary students and staff will get plenty of help from it, as well as professional editors who work with manuscripts of many different authors and commissions from multiple publishers.

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5.0

A most excellent guide for anyone interested in the English

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    Comments about The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage:

    A great book to dip into at random pages.

     
    4.0

    It is a great learning curve.

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      Comments about The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage:

      when I wish to find a different perspective to a word:ei, earthen, earthy, earthly (page 238)
      THIS volumn give many definations of the word.

      It is rather Thick... perhaps Heavy..both these words have many meanings, refering to 'The Cambridge Guide To AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH USAGE.

       
      5.0

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        Comments about The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage:

        Brilliant reference for Australian grammar and spelling.
        A privilege to be able to refer to an Australian resource that is linguistically and culturally relevant.

         
        4.0

        Excellent resource

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          Comments about The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage:

          An excellent reference for anyone who cares about written communication.

           
          3.0

          Handy addition to your reference library

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          Comments about The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage:

          Seems to be missing a few obvious inclusions but I find myself using it regularly anyway in my writing / editing work. Not quite what I expected, more of a descriptive narrative than a straight reference. This approach does come in handy though when explaining variations and exceptions to the rule.

           
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          A witty reference book

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            Comments about The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage:

            Great reference book. Readable and funny too, which I didn't expect. Essential for Australian editors and wordsmiths.

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            'This work provides a clearly laid out, consistent and easy to use guide for writers who wish to make informed decisions about language and style. It is well grounded in both linguistic study and actual usage based on a range of primary sources, including Australian sources on the internet, the Australian ICE linguistic corpus and user surveys of Australian style, as well as recent dictionaries, style manuals and grammars. ... A style guide is rarely considered to be an attractive or engaging read, but Pam Peters's informal, chatty style brings this work alive. ... Recommended for libraries with Australian Studies and Linguistics collections.' Reference Reviews

            Forward
            Preface
            Overview of contents and how to access them
            A to Z entries
            International phonetic alphabet symbols for Australian English sounds
            Perpetual calendar 1901-2001
            Geological eras
            International system of units (SI Units)
            Interconversion tables for metric and imperial measures
            Selected proofreading marks
            Formats for letters
            Layout for envelopes
            Time line for the English language and Australian English
            List of references
            Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

            ISBN: 9780521702423
            ISBN-10: 0521702429
            Audience: Tertiary; University or College
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 924
            Published: 27th April 2007
            Publisher: Cambridge University Press
            Country of Publication: GB
            Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 16.6  x 5.6
            Weight (kg): 1.49
            Edition Number: 2
            Edition Type: Revised