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Title: Dry Norms. "The Default Country: A Lexical Cartography of Twentieth-Century Australia" by J.M. Arthur [review]
Authors: Burridge, Kate
Keywords: Australian
Book Reviews
political correctness
English language
Australian National Dictionary Centre
Australian English
Issue Date: Oct-2003
Publisher: Australian Book Review
Citation: Burridge, Kate 2003. Dry Norms. Review of "The Default Country: A Lexical Cartography of Twentieth-Century Australia" by J.M. Arthur. 'Australian Book Review', No 255, October, 53.
Series/Report no.: No 255
Abstract: Vocabulary is linked to culture in perhaps an obvious way. But it’s not just suasive words and expressions that we have to guard against. There are also the structural patterns of language. These are loaded with bias, too, and they operate at a much more subtle level. It would be interesting to go beyond the lexicon and to see how the relationship between non-indigenous Australians and the Australian place is revealed in those aspects of our language that are more than theoretical. But for those who love words, Arthur presents a lexical treasure trove, full of wonderful insights and illuminating examples. We need more works like "The Default Country" to explain language, and also to expose it.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2328/527
ISSN: 0155-2864
Appears in Collections:No 255 - October, 2003

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