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Yijarni: True Stories from Gurindji Country – a sad, marvellous historical canon

Yijarni: True Stories from Gurindji Country – a sad, marvellous historical canon

wamutOct 19, 20161 Comment

The Wave Hill Walk Off is commemorated widely but what happened to Gurindji people on their own country before the Walk Off is less well known. A new publication, told bilingually in Gurindji and English, shares what Gurindji people want the world to know about what happened. Greg Dickson reviews Yijarni: True Stories from Gurindji Country.

Australians win medals at the Linguistics Olympiad

Australians win medals at the Linguistics Olympiad

Fully (sic)Aug 15, 2016

While our athletes are in Rio, Australian high-school students have come back from Mysore (India) with gold and silver medals from the International Linguistics Olympiad! Hedvig Skirgård and Dominique Estival report.

LOTEs in the Election: your guide to linguistically-talented candidates (2016 edition)

LOTEs in the Election: your guide to linguistically-talented candidates (2016 edition)

Allie SeverinJul 1, 2016

It's election time again! But where have all the LOTE-speaking candidates gone? And why are they hiding? Allie Severin takes a look at the linguistic talents of this year's candidates for the Federal Election.

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How to solve Australia’s language learning crisis

How to solve Australia’s language learning crisis

Fully (sic)Jun 15, 20162 Comments

With the "moribund" state of language learning in Australia in the spotlight, Ingrid Piller busts some myths, arguing that it does not have to be this way and that something can be done about it.

Testing the critical literacy of voters, educators and...politicians?

Testing the critical literacy of voters, educators and...politicians?

Elisabeth GriffithsMay 27, 2016

While the Minister for Immigration and "Border Protection" has been scrutinising refugees' literacy and numeracy, the Australian Government has had its sight set on another group's abilities: Australia's pre-service teachers. Elisabeth Griffiths asks if the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students is worth its salt.

How to be a Shady Fish: Speaking like a Queen on RuPaul’s Drag Race

How to be a Shady Fish: Speaking like a Queen on RuPaul’s Drag Race

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.

Five use a mysterious preposition

Five use a mysterious preposition

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.

"I am determined to be tenacious in relation to the use of my language": Bess Price and breaking the English hegemony in NT Parliament

wamutFeb 18, 201611 Comments

Aboriginal Northern Territory MP Bess Price is fighting to be able to use her first language, Warlpiri, in parliament. She argues that it's only fair given it's her first language and the language of half her constituency. The Parliament's Speaker continues to affirm that English is the language of the Assembly. Greg Dickson explores the debate further:

From 'Captain's call' to 'refugiado': WOTY 2015

Allie SeverinJan 25, 20164 Comments

It's that time of year again. Linguists and wordsmiths the world over have come together to decree which word(s) should be given the top honour and crowned 'Word of the Year 2015'. Not everybody decides on the same one though, so here at Fully Sic we've collated a list for all your word-loving needs.

So where did the Aussie accent really come from?

So where did the Aussie accent really come from?

Fully (sic)Dec 21, 20159 Comments

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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