May 24, 2015 1 Comment
Now that Vienna’s dangling balls have ceased oscillating, Lauren Gawne recaps this year's Eurovision Song Contest, considering the spectacle from a linguistic perspective.
April 9, 2015 2 Comments
Last month, a parent got hot under the collar over a school's teaching of Australia's National Anthem in an Indigenous language. Linguist Lauren Gawne responds.
May 20, 2013 6 Comments
Denmark may have won the coveted Eurovision Song Contest for 2013, but as Lauren Gawne explains, Eurovision is also a great chance for language nuts to observe some of the lesser-known European languages in their (un)natural environment.
May 9, 2013
A team of scientists claim they have demonstrated a super-family of languages the spans most of Europe, northern Asia and some of the Arctic. But are other linguists convinced by their evidence? Lauren Gawne and the Fully (sic) team look at their findings.
March 25, 2013 6 Comments
The passing of the NDIS and the apology for forced adoptions both happened last week (believe it or not), and both highlighted the importance of choosing one's words carefully when talking to or about marginalised groups such as disabled people or those affected by forced adoption. Lauren Gawne explains why we should give marginalised people the right to choose the best way to talk about these issues.
February 22, 2013
I still remember those moments from my childhood when I realised that language was something with its own patterns and rules. Sitting in a local Italian restaurant and realising I could figure out what the Italian words were by comparing them to the English translations in different dishes. Or the time my mind was blown […]
February 3, 2013 1 Comment
Lauren Gawne writes: Given that the average PhD thesis would take a full day to read aloud, it’s no mean feat for a research student to distill the importance of their work into just a couple of minutes. That is what University of Melbourne research student Sara Ciesielski has done in this two minute animated […]
August 29, 2012 17 Comments
Lauren Gawne writes: As part of the ongoing campaign Yarra Trams to remind Melbournians that trams are heavy things these posters have been popping up all over town: Can you name all 25 of the languages? The Fully (sic) team have worked it out but now it’s your turn! The first person in the comments section below to name […]
July 27, 2012 3 Comments
Lauren Gawne Writes: With the 2012 London Summer Olympics now only hours away, the world is set for a fortnight of fun and games. While the organisers may want us to remember them as a the greenest games ever, it is an event that is more likely to be remembered for missile launchers on public […]
June 21, 2012 13 Comments
Lauren Gawne writes: Every three months the Oxford English Dictionary announces a brace [Thanks to pedants Terry Reilly and Cyberfish – Ed.] a bevy of words that have found a new and legitimising home in its venerable list. This quarter there were such excellent additions as bling, dance-off and Super PAC, as well as those […]