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Aidan Wilson

Aidan Wilson is sometimes a linguist and sometimes a cyclist, and occasionally both. He was born and raised in Sydney but now lives in Melbourne and is currently a graduate student at the University of Melbourne. He has worked on two Australian Indigenous languages over the past six years and is keenly interested in Indigenous Language Education. Views expressed here are his own and are not necessarily the views of the University of Melbourne.


International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day

February 21, 2013 1

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.

Abbott voices his opinion on accents and politics

February 20, 2013 20

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.

Phantom vibration syndrome: Word of the Year

Phantom vibration syndrome: Word of the Year

February 7, 2013 2

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.

Australia Votes: The 2012 Word of the Year

Australia Votes: The 2012 Word of the Year

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.

Census data misleading; languages still at risk

January 21, 2013 10

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.

How to make friends and influence people: Know your audience!

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.

Anderson and CLP at odds on Bilingual Education

Anderson and CLP at odds on Bilingual Education

October 25, 2012 4

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.

Misogyny – a conspiracy theory

Misogyny – a conspiracy theory

October 18, 2012 55

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 […]

First language education is a matter of common sense

September 18, 2012 6

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.