Guide to Canadian English Usage: Reissue

Hardcover | March 15, 2011

byMargery Fee, Janice McAlpine

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The complexities of the English language can be daunting for even the most fluent speakers, and for Canadians this is doubly so with the mixture of British and American traditions. Almost anyone engaged in formal writing will sometimes need to consult a usage guide for advice, but Canadianshave always been forced to choose between a British or an American source. With the Guide to Canadian English Usage, writers will have an authoritative reference based on Canadian sources that provides pithy direction on numerous details of the language.From the indefinite article to zoology, alphabetically arranged entries clarify issues of word choice, punctuation, spelling, and abbreviation. Throughout it offers guidance on Canadianisms, confusibles, difficult expressions, First Nation names, foreign phrases, grammar, inclusive language,punctuation, spelling, and troublesome pronunciations. Each entry explains the problem at hand, outlines a range of prescriptions, and then either recommends a particular usage or reviews the alternatives from which the now-informed reader can choose. All entries feature a wide range of fascinatingquotations from Canadian sources.Newly reissued in an attractive hardcover edition, the Guide to Canadian English Usage is the essential reference for any writer, editor, or speaker of English in Canada.

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The complexities of the English language can be daunting for even the most fluent speakers, and for Canadians this is doubly so with the mixture of British and American traditions. Almost anyone engaged in formal writing will sometimes need to consult a usage guide for advice, but Canadianshave always been forced to choose between a Br...

Margery Fee is the former Director of the Strathy Language Unit at Queen's University. She currently teaches Canadian and post-colonial literature at the University of British Columbia. Janice McAlpine is the former Unit Director of the Strathy Language Unit at Queen's University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:676 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.39 inPublished:March 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195445937

ISBN - 13:9780195445930

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Introduction to the Second EditionIntroduction to the First EditionAcknowledgementsNotes on FormatUsage GuideAppendix I Provinces and TerritoriesAppendix II A Notes on MeasurementAppendix III Aboriginal Groups Mentioned in the GuideGlossarySourcesWorks Consulted

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"... the [Guide to Canadian English Usage] makes a balanced presentation of areas where controversy may arise in English usage, carving out for itself a niche which distinguishes it from a standard dictionary on the one hand and from an encyclopedia on the other. The volume will be of use toCanadian students, scholars, and writers as a reference source; to researchers and writers outside of Canada as a source of data on Canadian English usage; and to anyone interested not just in English but in general knowledge of Canada as a source of entertainment and information to be 'snacked' onfrom time to time or even to be devoured cover to cover." --Language, the journal for the Linguistic Society of America