Speaking our Language: The story of Australian English
OUP, $29.95 pb, 225 pp
Sir James Murray, the famous editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, believed that the dictionary-maker’s job was to furnish each word with a biography.
In Speaking Our Language, the Australian lexicographer Bruce Moore has taken Murray’s dictum to its ultimate conclusion: he has furnished a biography of our nation using its words – their pronunciation, meaning and form. The result is a story rooted in fine scholarship and research, told with a skilful lightness of touch.