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07 October 2010 @ 04:49 pm
"Canadian English" on Wikipedia  
A few weeks ago, endcredits asked why North American writers get so many "Britpicking" resources, but so little exists in the reverse.

Perhaps you already knew this, but it just occurred to me today to look: Wikipedia has a fairly extensive Canadian English entry!  I'm sure its quality is erratic, like most wiki productions, but it nevertheless appears to be an easily mined treasure for those of us who write stories set in Canada, yet are not ourselves Canadian.  The vocabulary subsection looks especially helpful for keeping our characters sounding properly at home.  (There is also a US English entry. Its vocabulary subsection is unfortunately not as handily organized.)

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PJ1228pj1228 on October 8th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link.
For single word spelling I always use this side. It has the vocabulary listed by alphabet.
Amy R.: Computerbrightknightie on October 14th, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the link; I will recommend that site to anyone who asks about Canadian spelling in the future!

I don't use Canadian spelling, myself, in my FK stories. I try to use Canadian vocabulary for the Canadian characters, but I've never felt comfortable adopting another spelling system. I don't know whether that's because of the nature of FK -- that flashbacks happen all over the world, in many languages and periods -- or whether I'm worried about giving a false impression of Canadian authorship, or something else entirely.
Valerie - Postmodern Pollyanna: researchwiliqueen on October 8th, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
Never occurred to me, and quite possibly never would have. Thank you!
Amy R.: Computerbrightknightie on October 14th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!
greerwatsongreerwatson on October 8th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
We also have a page on Canadian English in the Forever Knight Wiki (http://foreverknight.wikia.com/wiki/Canadian_English).
Amy R.: Computerbrightknightie on October 14th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing the link.
endcredits: [forkni] nat and nickendcredits on October 18th, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is brilliant! Thanks so much for the link.