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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.

Welcome to Australian English, where swearing isn't swearing

Welcome to Australian English, where swearing isn't swearing

Fully (sic)Sep 25, 20158 Comments

Is 'shit' a swear word? What about 'pretty'? Catherine Cook looks at the complexities of swearing in Australian English, where everything is not as simple as it sometimes seems.

ABC Language rises from SCOSE’s ashes

Allie SeverinAug 6, 20152 Comments

It’s time to get excited. ABC’s language advisory body is back!

Big Brother is watching (your grammar)

Big Brother is watching (your grammar)

Fully (sic)Jul 2, 20153 Comments

Who would watch Big Brother in this day and age? Maybe not who you might expect. Isabelle Burke explains how reality TV is proving to be an ideal way to study language.

Skol! scull! scoll! ... erm ... skål?

Lochlan MorrisseyApr 22, 201514 Comments

Did you hear the news!? Tony Abbott downed a beer! Quickly! A politician! The Prime Minister! Beer! Quickly! Beer! The story of Abbott's recent drink-em-up isn't, in the Grand Scheme

Swedes and Australians say yes to gender neutrality

Swedes and Australians say yes to gender neutrality

Fully (sic)Apr 2, 2015

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.

No, Baden Eunson, English is not vunerable in Straya

Lochlan MorrisseyMay 13, 20145 Comments

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 purgator

Grammar pedantry across the generations

Allie SeverinApr 28, 20148 Comments

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.

The bouncer at the national door: the Australian citizenship test

The bouncer at the national door: the Australian citizenship test

Fully (sic)Jun 3, 20132 Comments

The Australian citizenship test has been with us since 2007, but is it doing more than just quizzing future Aussies on their knowledge of our form of government, our sporting legends and our public holidays? Linguistics student Ben Purser asks some questions of his own.