A New Canadian Dictionary
The Canadian English Dictionary (CED) project took a major step forward this month with the finalization of a partnership agreement for licensing a base dictionary. And with that, we are firmly on the path towards having a national dictionary again. The need for a new dictionary In the 20 years since The Canadian Oxford Dictionary, […]
What’s New in the Canadian Press Stylebook
Since its inception in 1940, The Canadian Press Stylebook has changed “cautiously,” as stated on its website, with a motto of “evolution, not revolution.” Nonetheless, if you’ve followed Canadian Press style, you know it isn’t enough to commit to memory the style standards and leave it at that. Language and usage changes — and style […]
Survey of Canadianisms
These days, language professionals in Canada are starting to turn to the online Oxford English Dictionary (OED) or other reference books to replace the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, which is now 15 years old and not likely to be re-edited. An interesting initiative has been started at the University of Toronto by Sali Tagliamonte, professor and […]
The Demise of a Dictionary: Is the Canadian Oxford Dictionary a Victim of its Own Success?
The second and possibly last edition of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary was published in 2004. Why hasn't the Oxford University Press published a new edition in 15 years? There isn’t an up-to-date Canadian dictionary in print.
The Story of Canadian English
For those of us still grieving the defunct Canadian Oxford Dictionary, the release of the second edition of A Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles, on March 17 this year, lent some comfort. First published in 1967 to coincide with Canada’s centennial, the DCHP not only gives spellings and definitions but also tracks (and sometimes […]
Eggplants and Aubergines
Before leaving Canada, I had a solid grasp on Canadian English. I knew there were differences between British and American English, and my language differed from both of these. Beyond that, I didn’t give Canadian English much thought. After finishing my BA, I ventured to Germany to teach in sleepy Uelzen, a village known for […]