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Editing Canadian English - Second Edition - Revised, Updated, and Redesigned Hardcover – May 15 2000

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Macfarlane Walter & Ross; 2REV edition (May 15 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551990458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551990453
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A truly excellent guide…it deserves a place near the computer of everyone in Canada who writes or edits.…The prose is often simple to the point of elegance…[the authors] are professional editors, after all: they know their stuff.”
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The Editors’ Association of Canada / L’Association canadienne des rédacteurs-réviseurs (EAC/ACR) is a national organization of more than one thousand English- and French-language editors. EAC/ACR sponsors professional development seminars and promotes and maintains high standards of editing and publishing in Canada. Other publications include Meeting Editorial Standards and the annual EAC Directory of Editors.


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This is THE key reference for Canadian writers in all disciplines.

Having worked in marketing and communications and then transitioning into government policy research, I continue to use this as a reference for any questions I have. Their concordance table of spellings by particular dictionary (e.g. Webster's, Oxford Canadian, and a few others) is invaluable.

Anyone who does writing in any profession would greatly benefit from this book.
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I possess many style guides as I write for clients in Canada, the US, and the UK, so I often have to check and double check these regional differences as well as differences between press and book uses. Of all of my guides the Oxford Style Manual (for UK English) is the most comprehensive, and the Chicago (for US English) comes second. In comparison, Editing Canadian English is a joke, containing only a fraction of the information contained in the others. It doesn't even hold up to the comparatively ancient Canadian Writer's Handbook which I used in my university days and was hoping to update with this purchase. For one small example, the em dash doesn't even get a mention in this book yet it warrants a full page and a half in the Oxford. And while this may seem petty, trying to find out if the em dash is supposed to be separated from surrounding text with a space or not is the sort of detail I need to know. (For the record, Oxford, Chicago, and Canadian Writer's Handbook do not surround the em dash with a space but the Canadian Press Stylebook does.) Over all, I'd say keep looking for a better resource.
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By A Customer on July 13 2002
An indispensable resource for Canadian editors, publishers, and writers.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f961054) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x9f67adbc) out of 5 stars It's only a bit ironic that this book is only available on a US site! March 26 2006
By Alan Friesen - Published on Amazon.com
This book, Editing Canadian English 2nd ed. (2000), is an extremely useful guide for those of us who write or edit in Canada, and as far as I know the *only* copyediting book written from a Canadian perspective and for a Canadian audience. It doubles as a grammar textbook, in that it gives the basic errors that most of us make while we write (capitalisation, spelling, punctuation, etc.), but it also includes chapters on bias, Canada-specific measurements, documentation, editors & the law, and including French words in English writing. It's an immensely useful sourcebook for any Canadian who works with words on a regular basis.

I'm quite surprised that the book is available for sale here, given that the company which produced it was bought-out and the book hasn't been in print for over a year. So, if you've ever thought about buying this book, GET IT NOW while it lasts!
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HASH(0x9f68248c) out of 5 stars Indispensable July 13 2002
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An indispensable resource for Canadian editors, publishers, and writers.


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