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Guide to Canadian English Usage [Paperback]

Margery Fee , Janice McAlpine
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April 3 2007 0195426029 978-0195426021 Second Edition
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 Canadians have 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 who provide 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 fascinating quotations from Canadian sources. This A-Z guide to the way Canadians use the English language is an essential reference for students, business people, and anyone engaged in formal writing.

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'For lovers of the language and/or the True North, the Guide to Canadian English Usage is a most welcome addition to your collection of interesting, informative lexicons.'--Globe and Mail

'A book to end all arguments, it should also prove invaluable to word-smiths of all stripes.'--Halifax Daily News

'Splendidly comprehensive, beautifully organized, lucidly written, this book seems certain to become not only the standard reference work on its subject but also an important contribution to the ongoing debates about how language is used . . . Buy it and keep it and use it.'--Canadian Literature --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 Unit Director of the Strathy Language Unit at Queen's University. Her research interests include English in Canada and corpus lexicography.

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Unlike the previous reviewer, I have actually read this book. It is a very good guide to Canadian usage of the English language. It does exactly what you expect it to do.

It is unfair that the previous reviewer gave the book a rating of 1 because he has some problem with Amazon's service. That is a matter for customer service and is NOT a book review.
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