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So where did the Aussie accent really come from?

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.

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

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

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Does big data equal big problems?

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.

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

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.

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YOLO AGOGO

When buzzwords are harder to follow than a Game of Thrones plotline, it takes a particularly attentive word-watcher to keep track of the trends. Luckily, none other than David Astle is here to examine one that burned brightly but briefly for the impulsive cool kids.

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Words can wound. Let’s stop calling people ‘crazy’.

This Mental Health Week, Erica Dodd explains why casually using terms that deride mental illness can have more of an effect than you might think.

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Welcome to Australian English, where swearing isn’t swearing

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.

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Spotlighting Australia’s languages: Anindilyakwa

We Australians don’t know much about the languages spoken in our own country – so Fully Sic is here to help! Over the coming months, we’ll be featuring a series of posts about languages spoken around the country. Today, James Bednall tells us about Anindilyakwa.

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How to lose your North, be gone with a raft, and have a bird

Languages across the world create some pretty interesting imagery. Andreea S. Calude investigates some of the creative idomatic constructions that exist in Indo-European languages.

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Spotlighting Australia’s Languages: Tamil

We Australians don’t know much about the languages spoken in our own country – so Fully Sic is here to help! Over the coming months, we’ll be featuring a series of posts about languages spoken around the country. Today, Niru Perera tells us about Tamil.

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