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ALLIE SEVERIN | June 12, 2015 | SOCIETY | 1 |

Out with the newspaper, in with the gender-neutral title!

A newspaper closes its doors but a linguistic window opens! Allie Severin thinks the shutdown of mX could mean good things for Australian English.

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ALLIE SEVERIN | June 03, 2015 | LANGUAGE POLICY | 2 |

You don’t need English to be an Australian citizen

Should we be changing our national anthem’s lyrics to “We’ve boundless plains to share… but only if you can speak English”? Allie Severin explores the most recent proposal to make English proficiency a pre-requisite to gaining Australian citizenship

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LAUREN GAWNE | May 24, 2015 | MEDIA | 1 |

Fully (Sic) 2015 Eurovision wrap-up

Now that Vienna’s dangling balls have ceased oscillating, Lauren Gawne recaps this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, considering the spectacle from a linguistic perspective.

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FULLY (SIC) | April 23, 2015 | UNCATEGORIZED | |

Should we call the Gallipoli campaign an ‘invasion’?

In an interview to promote his most recent film, Russell Crowe labelled the Gallipoli campaign an invasion, causing outrage among some Australians. Erica Dodd responds.

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LOCHLAN MORRISSEY | April 22, 2015 | AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH | 14 |

Skol! scull! scoll! … erm … skål?

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 of Things, really that remarkable. But there’s something about its coverage that caught our eyes at Fully (Sic) HQ: the spelling of what those around [...]

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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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