The Australian Language: An Examination of the English Language and English Speech as Used in Australia, from Convict Days to the Present, with Special Reference to the Growth of Indigenous Idiom and Its Use by Australian Writers
A nation's language is the key to its identity. The late Sidney J. Baker's approach in this famous book is a combination of exacting scholarship and enthusiasm for the good oil, the drum, the good guts of the words on lips of living men and women. For entertainment or information, for historical research or a Rabelaisian guide to the Australian character, the Australian language is unbeatable.
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