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AKA: Greg Dickson. Postdoc guy at University of Queensland with Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language. Somewhere there, also a community linguist (Katherine region, NT) specialising in Aboriginal languages.

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"I am determined to be tenacious in relation to the use of my language": Bess Price and breaking the English hegemony in NT Parliament

wamutFeb 18, 201611 Comments

Aboriginal Northern Territory MP Bess Price is fighting to be able to use her first language, Warlpiri, in parliament. She argues that it's only fair given it's her first language and the language of half her constituency. The Parliament's Speaker continues to affirm that English is the language of the Assembly. Greg Dickson explores the debate further:

Indigenous languages, literacy and the myth of the

Indigenous languages, literacy and the myth of the "unwritten language"

wamutSep 10, 20159 Comments

Many of us have heard about the Indigenous literacy gap - but probably think it applies only to English. Greg Dickson takes a look at Indigenous literacy from the perspective of Indigenous languages, busts some myths and finds an even bigger "gap".

Banning prisoners from speaking Arabic is lazy and probably a human rights breach

Banning prisoners from speaking Arabic is lazy and probably a human rights breach

wamutMar 8, 20151 Comment

Arabic is not a small, minority language. It is the fourth most widely spoken language in Australia. The decision to ban some NSW prisoners speaking it is not only possibly a human rights breach but also just lazy, according to Greg Dickson.

Graffiti in Kriol: what one Ngukurr resident thinks of Scullion's attendance minions

Graffiti in Kriol: what one Ngukurr resident thinks of Scullion's attendance minions

wamutApr 16, 2014

In Ngukurr this week, Greg Dickson discovered that not everyone is impressed by Nigel Scullion's $46 million Remote School Attendance Strategy. Either that or it's just good fun to get out there and write some graffiti in Kriol.

How cuts to the NT Education Department could widen the gap

How cuts to the NT Education Department could widen the gap

wamutOct 31, 20134 Comments

First, they rejected Gonski because too much funding would go to remote community schools. Now, the NT Education department is cutting positions that are key in supporting Aboriginal students who don't speak English at home. Greg Dickson demonstrates the benefit that such support positions can bring and argues that the NT Government's handling of education could easily cause the much-discussed "gap" to widen rather than narrow.

Footyglots: the AFL goes multilingual

Footyglots: the AFL goes multilingual

wamutSep 24, 20132 Comments

Last week, the Australian Government dissolved its Ministry of Multicultural Affairs leaving us wondering who will provide leadership that encourages Australia to embrace its linguistics and cultural diversity. Funnily enough, it's coming from an unlikely collaboration between one of our biggest religious organisations – the AFL – and one of our biggest financial institutions, the NAB. Greg Dickson has more on Footify, a commercial campaign doing more to promote multiculturalism than our government seems to want to.

Candidates get their language on

Candidates get their language on

wamutSep 6, 2013

One day out from the election and Greg Dickson has noticed a few more languages other than English being used in various campaigns. Is this a last-ditch effort to reach every constituent, a deliberate recognition of our linguistic diversity, or just because we can?

The Great Language Game. What's your score?

The Great Language Game. What's your score?

wamutSep 4, 20134 Comments

When you hear a foreign language, can you tell what it is? A Melbourne-based engineer and fellow language geek has developed the Great Language Game. It's quick and fun but rather hard! Have a go and let us know how clever you are.

LOTEs in the Election: your guide to linguistically-talented candidates

LOTEs in the Election: your guide to linguistically-talented candidates

wamutAug 28, 20136 Comments

With the election campaign in full-swing, you could be forgiven for thinking all the candidates are monolingual English speakers. Not true. Here's a starter's guide to people on your ballot paper who speak Languages Other Than English (LOTEs). But why didn't you know all this before? Greg Dickson argues it's part of politics race to the bottom to appeal to a dumbed-down notion of middle Australia.

Deceit for a cause: the ALNF and its misguided marketing

Deceit for a cause: the ALNF and its misguided marketing

wamutJun 30, 201311 Comments

The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) is a charity with impressive marketing and fundraises thousands of dollars for programs to improve literacy among Aboriginal children. So why does it matter that their marketing strategy misleads the public and reflects badly on the same children that they are trying to support? Greg Dickson explains.

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