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Allie Severin

Allie Severin —

Allie Severin

Allie Severin is a PhD candidate in linguistics at Monash University. When not attempting to write her thesis, she can be found discussing the joy of splitting infinitives with unsuspecting strangers.

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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.

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.

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!

ABC Language rises from SCOSE’s ashes

Allie SeverinAug 6, 20152 Comments

It’s time to get excited. ABC’s language advisory body is back!

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

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

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.

You don't need English to be an Australian citizen

You don't need English to be an Australian citizen

Allie SeverinJun 3, 20151 Comment

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

Grammar pedantry across the generations

Allie SeverinApr 28, 20148 Comments

People often bemoan that kids these days aren't being taught grammar. Allie Severin writes about her research, and shows that young people are just as discerning, they just notice different things.

When grammar gets mean: Prescriptivism in the 21st century

When grammar gets mean: Prescriptivism in the 21st century

Allie SeverinAug 1, 20137 Comments

The generally accepted wisdom is that “kids these days” don’t know how to use English properly. So why are there some young people who still reach for the red pen? Allie Severin looks at the rise of the young prescriptivist.