Fully (sic)Jun 15, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fully (sic)Dec 14, 20152 Comments
In Australia, we sometimes have multiple words for the same thing. Sydney Kingstone reports on her current research into who says what where.
Fully (sic)Nov 13, 20151 Comment
Researchers are making use of 'big data' more and more these days. Technology makes it so easy! But can it go wrong? Fear not! Andreea Calude is here to give us a heads up on its potential pitfalls.
Fully (sic)Oct 29, 20159 Comments
Recent claims about Australian English turn out to be unsupported and extremely questionable according to a range of national experts we surveyed. Their responses, only some of which are provided below, make us question whether The Age was irresponsible in publishing them in the first place and sparking their viral and international dissemination.
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.
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.
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.