February 21, 2013 1 Comment
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.
February 20, 2013 20 Comments
Tony Abbott claims that the Liberal and National parties will always have a 'strong Australian accent'. Can he be serious? Aidan Wilson sounds things out.
February 7, 2013 2 Comments
The votes are in and phantom vibration syndrome has taken out Macquarie Dictionary's 2012 Word of the Year. So what is PVS? Long-term sufferer Aidan Wilson explains.
January 31, 2013
As the nation prepares for the longest election campaign in Australian history, another election needs our attention first. Aidan Wilson looks at some of the contenders for Macquarie Dictionary's 2012 Word of the Year competition.
January 21, 2013 10 Comments
A report in The Australian claims that the 2011 census showed that the Aboriginal language "crisis" has been overstated, that indigenous languages are not in danger of dying out. Aidan Wilson looks into the data to find out what's going on.
November 16, 2012
In the wake of the Asian Century white paper, some have complained that our own English language standards are dropping, and that the Prime Minister is getting lax with her Ps and Qs. Are they right? Dr Simon Musgrave looks at some of the complaints.
October 25, 2012 4 Comments
NT Minister for Indigenous Advancement Alison Anderson says traditional languages should not be taught at school, but Chief Minister Terry Mills has reasserting that the government is still firmly in favour of Bilingual Education. Aidan Wilson remains cautiously optimistic.
October 18, 2012 55 Comments
Bernard Keane this morning noted that as far as conspiracy theories go, this example is rather lame. The story goes that the chardonnay swilling lefties at Macquarie Dictionary partook in a spot of linguistic engineering by changing the definition of misogyny, just to indemnify the Prime Minister against calls of hyperbole. What’s behind this is […]
September 18, 2012 6 Comments
The Our Land Our Language report unequivocally calls for the reinstatement of bilingual education programs in remote areas, for compulsory English as an Additional Language training in teaching degrees, and for changes to be made to how NAPLAN testing is carried out. But what do these measures mean and how effective will they be in ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in remote areas get the best education we can provide?
September 14, 2012
I know a few people who should take heed of today’s xkcd: Sometimes you just gotta pick your battles.