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The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage

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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 ...more
Paperback, 906 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Cambridge University Press (first published April 1st 2007)
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Neil Coulter
Nov 10, 2013 Neil Coulter rated it really liked it
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There is certainly a sense of satisfaction having finished reading a usage book cover to cover. I've been reading through Pam Peters's The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage, a few pages at a time, for the last year. And I've enjoyed it very much. My previous usage guide readings have come almost entirely from the "curmudgeonly prescriptivist" perspective (Charles Harrington Elster, Bryan Garner, and others), but Peters is a more tempered point of view. She deals with many of the token

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Daniel G. Taylor
Language is not decaying as some pedants claim, but it is always changing.

Dictionaries and usage guides such as this one see their role as reflecting the state of Australian English now, rather than reminding us of grammar rules invented mainly at the beginning of last century.

As a working writer, I'm shocked at how much the language has changed since I began writing in 1994. Having a reference like this on hand means that I can have consistency in my work, and that I can defend my decisions to
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