[the palaverist]

Saturday, December 23, 2006


I need to learn other Englishes. This thought occurred to me as I read the word "dinkum" in a New York Review article by Clive James about Robert Hughes.

I know American English in great detail, including its slang, its clichés, its style and usage. With British English I am less richly familiar, but I have a good sense of it. And I have had at least some exposure to Indian English. But what about Australian English? New Zealand, South African, Jamaican English?

I have found my exposure to other Englishes — including the broken Englishes of non-native speakers — to be rewarding. I should make an effort to pursue the literatures of other Englishes.

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