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The Australian National Dictionary Centre

 

The Australian National Dictionary Centre

The text accompanying the cartoons was provided by members of the Australian National Dictionary Centre in the Faculty of Arts at the Australian National University.

The Australian National Dictionary Centre was established in 1988. It conducts research into all aspects of Australian English and provides Oxford University Press with editorial expertise for their range of Australian dictionaries. The centre was built on ten years of pioneering work which resulted in the publication in 1988 of the Australian National Dictionary: A Dictionary of Australianisms based on Historical Principles, the only comprehensive and documented dictionary of Australianisms.

The centre is located in the Faculty of Arts at the Australian National University. It is jointly funded by Oxford University Press and the Australian National University. The database of the Australian National Dictionary Centre contains a unique collection of Australianisms supported by historical citations. It is this database that lends authority to the centre's work on Australian English.

The centre has produced a number of specialist studies of aspects of Australian English. It has published books on regional Australian English (Western Australia, Tasmania, and Queensland), on Aboriginal English, and on thematic topics such as the convict and goldrush eras. For more information on the centre, see the website at www.anu.edu.au/andc.