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South Australian Words: From Bardi-Grubs to Frog Cakes Paperback – April 8, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0195517705 ISBN-10: 0195517709 Edition: 1ST

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1ST edition (April 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195517709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195517705
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.7 x 5.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,068,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. G. SFAELLOU on August 5, 2005
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This work is yet another great accomplishment of the Australian National Dictionary Centre. It is a welcome addition to any serious library of Australian culture and complements the previous important works such as 'Tassie Terms' and 'Words from the West', etc. Indeed the author has also made an important contribution to the other companion volume 'Words of Queensland' and she needs no introduction. The title of this collection is taken from two random entries: the former referring to a variety of edible larvae and the latter a kind of food (perhaps coined by analogy with toad in the hole?). The dictionary presents historical Australian dialect from the South rather than a general collection of modern colloquial 'Aussie Strine' (for which other excellent Dinkum Ozzie slang dictionaries should be consulted).
This dictionary presents not one but seven seperate glossaries all of which constitute the distinct form(s) of Australian English which is spoken in South Australia. The first section includes some fascinating entries derived from the various Aboriginal languages which are spoken in this particular territory. Many of these pertain to unique animal species such as the 'kowari' and the 'tarkawarra', varieties of fruit like the 'karkalla' and even ususual weapons like the 'katta'. There is also the word 'kirra' which is the local name for the boomerang.
The second glossary contains vocabulary that pertains to the colonial era and convicts. For instance, it is in this glossary we learn that the nickname for South Australians 'Croweaters' derives from the belief that the early colonists were believed to eat crows. The third rich glossary is perhaps one of the most interesting sections of the book.
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