The Australian National Dictionary: Australian Words and Their Origins, Volume 1

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Oxford University Press, 2016 - History - 1864 pages
The Australian National Dictionary (AND) is a dictionary of Australianisms. It includes words and meanings that have originated in Australia, that have a greater currency within Australia than elsewhere, or that have a special significance in Australian history. Whereas the first edition of the dictionary, published in 1988, contained about 10,000 headwords, compounds, idioms, and derivatives, this second edition contains over 16,000.

The AND differs from general dictionaries in being based on historical principles, in the manner of the comprehensive Oxford English Dictionary (OED). The aim of AND2 is to chart the historical development of Australian words the definitions begin with the oldest sense and move through to the most recent sense. As part of this history, it includes all obsolete words and all obsolete senses; because it is concerned with the complete history of a word, the historical dictionary places more emphasis on the etymology of a word than does the general dictionary.

The Australian National Dictionary is the only comprehensive, historically based record of the words and meanings that make up Australian English. It is a unique lexical map of Australian history and culture.

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About the author (2016)

Dr Bruce Moore was the Director of Australian National Dictionary Centre 1994 to 2011. Moore edited many of Oxford Australia's synchronic dictionaries, including the Australian Oxford Dictionary (1st and 2nd editions), the Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary (3rd, 4th and 5th editions), andthe Australian Pocket Oxford Dictionary (3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th editions). Moore is also the author of several monographs, most notably Speaking our Language: the Story of Australian English (2008).Australian National Dictionary 2e was complied at the Australian National Dictionary Centre at the Australian National University under the guidance of Amanda Laugesen the current Director. The Centre, established in 1988, is a joint venture of the Australian National University and OxfordUniversity Press Australia and New Zealand.

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