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. Help Centre. My Wishlist Sign In Join. Write a review. Add to Wishlist.
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Forward Preface Overview of contents and how to access them A to Z entries International phonetic alphabet symbols for Australian English sounds Perpetual calendar 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. Many writers today lament the pervasive relaxation if not abandonment of standard principles of English grammar and the seemingly unstoppable adoption of neologisms, borrowed mostly from the United States of America. Advocates of the true language call for a rear-guard defence of the language against the onslaught of Americanisms, gender neutral distortions, media dominance of values and trendy acceptance of inappropriate words, phrases, spelling and pronunciation.
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It is into this world of change, decay and creativity of English language expression that Pam Peters, and Cambridge University Press, have launched this large volume. It is a unique effort to describe the use of the English language in the one continent of the world where a single language is popularly spoken - Australian English. Pam Peters offers both an assessment of the current state of the English language in Australia and a tolerant guide to its style and usage.
The book is not pompous. As befits its subject, it is racy, opinionated, fresh and generally tolerant. Part of the creativity of the English language derives from its intercontinental character, the history of its spread, its commercial dominance and its command of the world of science and technology.
But part can probably be attributed to the absence of a formal institution which seeks to control its use. The English, who, it is said, gained their Empire in a fit of absence of mind, spread their language, apparently, in the same state of indifference. Pam Peters' book is full of old legal words which come from Norman French or from the time when every educated person knew Latin. Thus habeus corpus is explained.
So is subpoena and mortgage. One of the problems of practising law in the English language is that, in its marvellous imprecision, so fertile for poetry and literature, it usually presents two words for the single concept. Hence last will the Germanic word and testament from Norman French. Little wonder that outsiders find the language and spelling of English as exasperating as its grammar is simple.
When I was appointed Chairman of the Law Reform Commission in , I soon came to know the only other Australian style guide with which I am familiar. It is the Commonwealth Style Manual. This handy book sought to lay down the common way in which Australian Federal statutes should be expressed and official publications worded. Yet there was not a word in that book about gender neutral language. It makes you wonder what new waves are just around that corner which we cannot yet imagine. My later appointments to posts in the United Nations have exposed me to United Nations style.
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Everything is expressed in the third person. When I brashly wrote my first report as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Human Rights in Cambodia, I did so in the first person singular and with direct speech. But this was soon thrown out. Sternly, I was told that the only acceptable style was "the Special Representative did this" and "the Special Representative saw that". General Philosophy Philosophers Popular Philosophy.
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