International Mother Language Day commemorates a political struggle for linguistic recognition of Bangla over 60 years ago. Celebrate by learning a bit about your friends’ mother languages, writes Aidan Wilson.READ MORE
Linguist Bruce Birch reports on the recent work of the Minjilang Language Team who are pioneering the use of mobile devices to document Australian languages.READ MORE
This morning Julia Gillard told Kochie:
I just don’t commentate on opinion polls and there’s a reason for that. We see a lot of opinion polls, we get them at least fortnightly, often we get them more frequently than that. If I spent my time worrying about and commentating on opinion polls then I wouldn’t have the time to get my job done, and the job is more important.
There was a bit of hoo-hah in Parliament House this week when Julia, Tony and co. made a minor song and dance about constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their languages. Greg Dickson writes that it’s good news but actually kinda old news… with shiny branding. He explains the recommendations and the clever work that was done by the expert panel over twelve months ago.READ MORE
Lauren Gawne writes: Given that the average PhD thesis would take a full day to read aloud, it’s no mean feat for a research student to distill the importance of their work into just a couple of minutes. That is what University of Melbourne research student Sara Ciesielski has done in this two minute animated [...]READ MORE