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.
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.
Elisabeth GriffithsOct 16, 20151 Comment
The meaning of the word ‘marriage’ has been hotly debated in the media and in global politics over the last few years. To explore the role of language in shaping the debate about social changes, here’s Elisabeth Griffiths with an examination of the terms used by those for and against changing the legal definition of ‘marriage’.
Fully (sic)Oct 8, 20151 Comment
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.
Fully (sic)Jul 23, 20155 Comments
Ever wonder how to refer to people with disabilities without being offensive? Louisa Willoughby has some rules to follow that should avoid any unintended rudeness.
Allie SeverinJun 12, 20151 Comment
A newspaper closes its doors but a linguistic window opens! Allie Severin thinks the shutdown of mX could mean good things for Australian English.
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.
wamutMar 8, 20151 Comment
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.
William SteedOct 21, 20134 Comments
Fairfax media reports that Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has sent a list of appropriate terminology for referring to refugee boat arrivals, including referring to the people as 'illegal arrivals' and 'detainees'. How does changing terminology change how we think about something?
Piers KellyAug 30, 2013
In 1939, writer and activist Jessica Mitford learned that in America, "if someone pays you a compliment—you're looking well, what a pretty dress, and so forth—you are supposed to say 'Thank you,' instead of just mumbling inaudibly." Piers Kelly observes that in 70 years, certain differences between U.S. and British styles of communication have stood the test of time.