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Colonial voices : a cultural history of English in Australia, 1840-1940

Author: Joy Damousi
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Series: Cambridge social and cultural histories, 15
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"Colonial Voices explores the role of language in the greater 'civilising' project of the British Empire through the dissemination, reception 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joy Damousi
ISBN: 9780521516310 0521516315
OCLC Number: 656429665
Description: pages cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 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. School speech days; 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.
Series Title: Cambridge social and cultural histories, 15
Responsibility: Joy Damousi.
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'In this book Joy Damousi shows that imagination has ears. She sketches a great ant-nest of sound, the sound of Australian voices in the past, and shows how they were regulated and reformed, Read more...

 
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