Some Unexpected exchanges in the construction of American identity: Henry Louis Mencken and the Australian contribution.

Abstract : This paper focuses on a shared episode in the linguistic histories of Australia and of America. During the first half of the twentieth century, both nations were together making efforts to assert their linguistic identities as two major English-speaking communities in competition with Britain and the British norm of English. These efforts were notably personified by two stubborn defenders of linguistic identity in Australia and in America, namely Sidney John Baker and Henry Louis Mencken and two of his disciples David W. Maurer and Hugh Morrison. Our paper discusses the Australian and American contexts of such a parallel quest through a correspondence between these famous lexicologists.
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Anne Przewozny-Desriaux. Some Unexpected exchanges in the construction of American identity: Henry Louis Mencken and the Australian contribution.. Identités américaines: relations et interactions / American Identities in Relation and Interaction, Jun 2010, Toulouse, France. pp.87-100. ⟨hal-00989435⟩

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