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YOLO AGOGO

YOLO AGOGO

Fully (sic)Oct 23, 20154 Comments

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.

What’s in a name? Language and the (gay) marriage (equality) debate.

What’s in a name? Language and the (gay) marriage (equality) debate.

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’.

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

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

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.

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Spotlighting Australia's Languages: Wajarri

Spotlighting Australia's Languages: Wajarri

Rosie SitorusOct 1, 20152 Comments

We Australians don't know much about the languages spoken in our own country - so Fully Sic is here to help! We're featuring a series of posts about languages spoken around the country. Today, Rosie Sitorus tells us about Wajarri.

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.

Accolades for Cool Australian Research

Accolades for Cool Australian Research

Allie SeverinSep 18, 2015

Linguistics has been recently acknowledged by the academic community in two very different (and exciting) ways: a government publication outline how the humanities “contribute to the vitality and wellbeing of the nation” and an Ig Nobel prize!

Indigenous languages, literacy and the myth of the

Indigenous languages, literacy and the myth of the "unwritten language"

wamutSep 10, 20159 Comments

Many of us have heard about the Indigenous literacy gap - but probably think it applies only to English. Greg Dickson takes a look at Indigenous literacy from the perspective of Indigenous languages, busts some myths and finds an even bigger "gap".

Spotlighting Australia's languages: Anindilyakwa

Spotlighting Australia's languages: Anindilyakwa

Fully (sic)Sep 3, 201510 Comments

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.

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

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

Fully (sic)Aug 28, 2015

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.

Spotlighting Australia's Languages: Tamil

Spotlighting Australia's Languages: Tamil

Fully (sic)Aug 19, 20154 Comments

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.