Tag: Language

In Defence of Novels in Englishes

If you primarily read novels written in English, have you ever wondered how writers decide which English to use? What do I mean ‘which’ English? And what’s with the weird spelling of ‘defense’ in the heading?

All of us grow up speaking not just a mother tongue (or possibly several!) but a variety of that language. In my case, I grew up speaking English, started learning Japanese as a child, and then tried my hand at French in later life before dabbling with some other languages – living and dead.

The variety of English I grew up speaking is Australian English – and more specifically, South Australian English. In this post, I want to share with you why I decided to write my debut novel in Australian English – and what that actually means.

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A Life of Loving Language

Language is important. ‘Words are but the signs of ideas,’ wrote the lexicographer Samuel Johnson.

I have always loved words. I remember my father teaching me to type when I was four or five because my pencil couldn’t keep up with my thoughts. (In fact, the computer I used now forms the header for this website!)

My love of languages led me to learn another language and move overseas. To study linguistics and become a researcher of language learning and use. And ultimately, to travel the world and fulfill my longest-held dream of writing.

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