Lexical Images: The Story of the Australian National Dictionary

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - Literary Collections - 255 pages
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Bill Ramson, former Director of The Australian National Dictionary Centre, relates in detail the fascinating and sometimes controversial story behind the making of an Australian icon, The Australian National Dictionary, the first historical dictionary of Australianisms. The book brings to life different aspects of Australia's history by discussing words included in the dictionary, and shows how these words have become part of a distinctively Australian branch of English.

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The Making
Lessons from Loanwords
The Land and Its Use

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W. S. Ramson, Lexicographer, taught English at the Australian National University (ANU) from 1961. He published Australian English: An Historical Study of the Vocabulary 1788-1898 in 1966. Ramson was the founding editor of the Macquarie Dictionary(1981) and from the late 1970s he consulted on Australian English with the Oxford English Dictionary project.

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