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Australian Aboriginal Word In Dictionaries—A History

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This chapter describes a history of Australian Aboriginal Words in Dictionaries. It provides information on the five most common loans, which can be used as a yardstick against which to measure how dictionaries deal with native Australian words. It then provides a brief chronological overview of how dictionaries have dealt not only with loans from Australian languages but also with those from the native languages of the Americas and of Africa. The second edition of the unabridged Random House Dictionary, in 1987, the Australian National Dictionary (AND),in 1988, and the first edition of Australian Aboriginal Words in English (AAWE) in 1990, are discussed. Then, the chapter looks at how dictionaries in the USA, in the UK, and in Australia have - during the past two decades - handled the information that is now in free circulation. Finally, the chapter describes the second edition, in 2006, of AAWE.

Keywords: Australian aboriginal words; Australian Aboriginal Words in English (AAWE); Australian National Dictionary (AND); dictionaries; Random House Dictionary



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