Issue 17, 21 July 1999
In this issue...
If you want to know more about Australian English, the Australian National Dictionary Centre is a great source of information. The Centre was established in 1988 and is jointly funded by the Australian National University and Oxford University Press Australia to research all aspects of Australian English and to publish Australian dictionaries and other works. (It is not, however, the publisher of the Macquarie Dictionary.) In addition to a range of Australian Oxford dictionaries, their publications include:
- Aboriginal English: A cultural study, 1996
- Tassie Terms: A glossary of Tasmanian terms, 1995
- Words from the West: A glossary of Western Australian terms, 1994
- Voices of Queensland (forthcoming in 2000)
- Gold! Gold! Gold! The language of the nineteenth-centry Australian goldfields (forthcoming in 2000)
The Centre also edits the newsletter Ozwords, which appears twice a year and contains articles on various aspects of English, especially Australian English. This 8-page printed publication contains fascinating bits of information, including historical details about the origins of terms such as "Waltzing Matilda" (who was Matilda?) Subscription is free. To subscribe, send your name and postal details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Who's Centric Now? The present state of post-colonial Englishes is a conference to be held 27-29 October 1999 at the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University. The conference brochure says, "The dictionaries of regional Englishes (Australian, South African, Canadian, New Zealand, Caribbean) published by Oxford University Press since 1988 provide evidence of intense local and international interest in regional English. Yet this has occurred in the context of the increasing internationalisation of English. What is the future of regional Englishes in the content of the globalisation of English?" The listed speakers and topics include an impressive range of regional Englishes, including Singaporean-Malasian, Bangladeshi, Indian, Australian Aboriginal, American and British, in addition to the 5 mentioned earlier. A$120 full rate (both days) or A$60 for one day. Student/concession $50 ($30 daily).
A reminder: if you don't already have a good anti-virus program on your computer, get one immediately, install it, and use it. Set it up to automatically check all incoming files.
Even more importantly, keep it up to date. Download a new update at least once a month, more often if a rash of new viruses is making the rounds.
No, I haven't caught a virus this week, but my anti-virus program did detect two infected files in attachments to my incoming e-mail. (An occupational hazard of remote electronic editors is receiving many attachments from clients or, in my case this week, students in an editing course.)
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