21.3310, Books: Historical Linguistics/Sociolinguistics: Damousi

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Title: Colonial Voices 
Subtitle: A Cultural History of English in Australia, 1840?1940 
Series Title: Cambridge Social and Cultural Histories (No. 15)  

Publication Year: 2010 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
	   http://us.cambridge.org
	

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/uk/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521516310 


Author: Joy Damousi

Hardback: ISBN:  9780521516310 Pages: 326 Price: U.K. £ 55.00


Abstract:

Colonial Voices explores the role of language in the greater 'civilising' project 
of the British Empire through the dissemination and reception of, and 
challenge to, British English in Australia during the period from the 1840s to 
the 1940s. This was a period in which the art of oratory, eloquence and 
elocution was of great importance in the empire and Joy Damousi offers an 
innovative study of the relationship between language and empire. She shows 
the ways in which this relationship moved from dependency to independence 
and how, during that transition, definitions of the meaning and place of 
oratory, eloquence and elocution shifted. Her findings reveal the central role 
of voice and pronunciation in informing and defining both individual and 
collective identity, as well as wider cultural views of class, race, nation and 
gender. The result is a pioneering contribution to cultural history and the 
history of English within the British Empire.

- Innovative cultural history of English in the British Empire by one of 
Australia's leading historians 
- Considers how speech is part of our individual 
and collective identity, enhancing our understanding of the role of language in 
our culture 
- Will appeal to scholars and students of cultural history, Australian and 
colonial history and the history of the English language 



Contents

Introduction; 
Prologue: from England to empire; 
Part I. Colonial Experience: 
1. Civilising speech; 
2. Eloquence and voice culture; 
3. Elocution theory and practice; 
Part II. Language Education: 
4. Etiquette and everyday life; 
5. Education; 
6. Teachers and pupils; 
Part III. Social Reform and Oratory: 
7. Social reform and eloquence; 
8. Speech in war, 1914-1918; 
Part IV. Australian English: 
9. The colonies speak: speech and accent in the empire, 1920s and 1930s; 
10. Broadcasting the radio voice; 
11. The advent of the 'talkies' and imagined communities; 
Epilogue. 


Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                     Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)


Written In: English  (eng)
	
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