Expressions of War in Australia and the Pacific

Language, Trauma, Memory, and Official Discourse

  • Amanda Laugesen
  • Catherine Fisher

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Languages at War book series (PASLW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Amanda Laugesen, Catherine Fisher
    Pages 229-234
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 235-237

About this book


This edited book includes chapters that explore the impact of war and its aftermath in language and official discourse. It covers a broad chronological range from the First World War to very recent experiences of war, with a focus on Australia and the Pacific region. It examines three main themes in relation to language: the impact of war and trauma on language, the language of war remembrance, and the language of official communications of war and the military. An innovative work that takes an interdisciplinary approach to the themes of war and language, the collection will be of interest to students and scholars across linguistics, literary studies, history and conflict studies.

Amanda Laugesen is Director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre at the Australian National University. She is the author of a number of books, including Furphies and Whizz-bangs: Anzac Slang from the Great War (2015) and Taking Books to the World: American Publishers and the Cultural Cold War (2017).

Catherine Fisher is a Visiting Fellow in the School of History at the Australian National University. Her research examines the history of Australian women’s broadcasting. Her work has been published in Women’s History Review, Outskirts: Feminisms Along the Edge, and Lilith: A Feminist History Journal.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Amanda Laugesen
    • 1
  • Catherine Fisher
    • 2
  1. 1.Australian National Dictionary CentreAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.School of HistoryAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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