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Testing the critical literacy of voters, educators and...politicians?

Testing the critical literacy of voters, educators and...politicians?

Elisabeth GriffithsMay 27, 2016

While the Minister for Immigration and "Border Protection" has been scrutinising refugees' literacy and numeracy, the Australian Government has had its sight set on another group's abilities: Australia's pre-service teachers. Elisabeth Griffiths asks if the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students is worth its salt.

How to be a Shady Fish: Speaking like a Queen on RuPaul’s Drag Race

How to be a Shady Fish: Speaking like a Queen on RuPaul’s Drag Race

Fully (sic)Apr 13, 2016

Do we ever sound like our authentic selves? Or is the way we talk always dependent on who we are talking to? Guest blogger Cass Bleechmore looks at the way the contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race communicate and create a shared identity. Despite using a distinctive lexicon, drag queens are just doing what we all do: using language to construct group identity.

Five use a mysterious preposition

Five use a mysterious preposition

Fully (sic)Mar 30, 20161 Comment

Lurking in the seemingly innocuous pages of a classic children’s story is the perplexing use of an extraneous preposition. What’s it doing there? And what can it tell us about how language changes? Richard Ingold investigates.

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"I am determined to be tenacious in relation to the use of my language": Bess Price and breaking the English hegemony in NT Parliament

wamutFeb 18, 201611 Comments

Aboriginal Northern Territory MP Bess Price is fighting to be able to use her first language, Warlpiri, in parliament. She argues that it's only fair given it's her first language and the language of half her constituency. The Parliament's Speaker continues to affirm that English is the language of the Assembly. Greg Dickson explores the debate further:

From 'Captain's call' to 'refugiado': WOTY 2015

Allie SeverinJan 25, 20164 Comments

It's that time of year again. Linguists and wordsmiths the world over have come together to decree which word(s) should be given the top honour and crowned 'Word of the Year 2015'. Not everybody decides on the same one though, so here at Fully Sic we've collated a list for all your word-loving needs.

So where did the Aussie accent really come from?

So where did the Aussie accent really come from?

Fully (sic)Dec 21, 20159 Comments

There are many folktales and controversies about the origins of Australian speech. But what does history really tell us about the Aussie accent’s development? Have people’s views of it changed? And where is it headed? Richard Ingold takes us through the basics of Australian English.

From milk bars and potato cakes to delis and fritters: a taste of Australian English regionalisms

From milk bars and potato cakes to delis and fritters: a taste of Australian English regionalisms

Fully (sic)Dec 14, 20152 Comments

In Australia, we sometimes have multiple words for the same thing. Sydney Kingstone reports on her current research into who says what where.

Review: 'Comma Sutra'

Review: 'Comma Sutra'

Elisabeth GriffithsNov 20, 2015

Been missing the cunning, linguistic comedy in your life? Elisabeth Griffiths reviews a local offering that will hit the spot.

Does big data equal big problems?

Does big data equal big problems?

Fully (sic)Nov 13, 20151 Comment

Researchers are making use of 'big data' more and more these days. Technology makes it so easy! But can it go wrong? Fear not! Andreea Calude is here to give us a heads up on its potential pitfalls.

When media gets drunk on absurdity and tries to tell us we’re the ones who sound drunk

When media gets drunk on absurdity and tries to tell us we’re the ones who sound drunk

Fully (sic)Oct 29, 20159 Comments

Recent claims about Australian English turn out to be unsupported and extremely questionable according to a range of national experts we surveyed. Their responses, only some of which are provided below, make us question whether The Age was irresponsible in publishing them in the first place and sparking their viral and international dissemination.