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LAUREN GAWNE | April 09, 2015 | EDUCATION | 2 |

“Take our words away”: Hyperbolic fear of Australia’s Indigenous heritage

Last month, a parent got hot under the collar over a school’s teaching of Australia’s National Anthem in an Indigenous language. Linguist Lauren Gawne responds.

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FULLY (SIC) | April 02, 2015 | AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH | |

Swedes and Australians say yes to gender neutrality

As society becomes more focussed on equality, some languages are evolving to include gender-neutral pronouns. Allie Severin and Hedvig Skirgård discuss how this is playing out in Swedish and Australian English.

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WAMUT | March 08, 2015 | FOREIGN LANGUAGES | 1 |

Banning prisoners from speaking Arabic is lazy and probably a human rights breach

Arabic is not a small, minority language. It is the fourth most widely spoken language in Australia. The decision to ban some NSW prisoners speaking it is not only possibly a human rights breach but also just lazy, according to Greg Dickson.

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FULLY (SIC) | August 27, 2014 | EDUCATION | 3 |

Who will teach our* languages?

More and more Australians are embracing the idea that our first languages should be taught in schools. Faced with high levels of language endangerment and loss, everyone’s hoping for a quick fix. John Hobson takes a look at what works and what doesn’t. The conclusion: it’s a complex matter. Language teaching requires not only time and hard work but, most of all, well-trained teachers.

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LOCHLAN MORRISSEY | May 15, 2014 | POLITICS | 58 |

Did C-Pyne drop the c-bomb?

Earlier today a number of news agencies (perhaps all of them, ever) reported on a video, in which Education Minister Christopher Pyne appears to call Manager of Opposition Business Tony Burke the c-bomb after Burke interrupted his speech. Here’s a video of the incident: The minister’s office quickly came out and stated that Pyne had [...]

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LOCHLAN MORRISSEY | May 13, 2014 | AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH | 5 |

No, Baden Eunson, English is not vunerable in Straya

It’s that old conservative chestnut. We’ve lost our way. We’re falling into an amoral, amorphous, or—in the case of linguistic conservatism—ungrammatical purgatory. But fear not! Redemption is at hand! Just some simple alterations to your accent, to reflect centuries-outdated pronunciation preserved in an obscure, inefficient orthography, and you’ll be saved! It’s this style of peevology [...]

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FULLY (SIC) | April 28, 2014 | AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH | 8 |

Grammar pedantry across the generations

People often bemoan that kids these days aren’t being taught grammar. Allie Severin writes about her research, and shows that young people are just as discerning, they just notice different things.

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PIERS KELLY | April 24, 2014 | LANGUAGE AND THE LAW | |

Ballot papers by the balls

The strange rites that go on behind closed doors at the AEC.

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WAMUT | April 16, 2014 | EDUCATION | |

Graffiti in Kriol: what one Ngukurr resident thinks of Scullion’s attendance minions

In Ngukurr this week, Greg Dickson discovered that not everyone is impressed by Nigel Scullion’s $46 million Remote School Attendance Strategy. Either that or it’s just good fun to get out there and write some graffiti in Kriol.

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LOCHLAN MORRISSEY | January 31, 2014 | POLITICS | 3 |

Let’s call a cull, a cull

As the unpopular shark bait and shoot program continues in Western Australia, fisheries minister Troy Buswell has defended the policy, saying that it isn’t a cull, but a ‘localised shark mitigation strategy’. Lochlan Morrissey suspects Buswell learned the art of political euphemism from the best.

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