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Greg Dickson

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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Deceit for a cause: the ALNF and its misguided marketing

Deceit for a cause: the ALNF and its misguided marketing

June 30, 2013 11 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.

Toats

Toats

March 27, 2013

Language is always changing, but when it does, how do we spell it? Greg Dickson reckons the form toats is the way to go. Wholeheartedly.

Creative Australia lends extra support to Indigenous languages, but is it enough?

Creative Australia lends extra support to Indigenous languages, but is it enough?

March 13, 2013 5 Comments

The Federal Government's new Creative Australia policy includes an announcement of nearly $14 million in new funding for Indigenous languages support, over four years. While it's a welcome announcement, Greg Dickson isn't quite jumping up and down about it.

Federal Government ready to “Recognise” Indigenous languages (but it’s kinda old news)

Federal Government ready to “Recognise” Indigenous languages (but it’s kinda old news)

February 15, 2013

There was a bit of hoo-hah in Parliament House this week when Julia, Tony and co. made a minor song and dance about constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their languages. Greg Dickson writes that it's good news but actually kinda old news... with shiny branding. He explains the recommendations and the clever work that was done by the expert panel over twelve months ago.

Is “Stevo” not Aussie enough for the new Macca’s ad?

Is “Stevo” not Aussie enough for the new Macca’s ad?

January 10, 2013 22 Comments

The tennis and Australia Day both have the capacity to drive people nuts every January. McDonald's new ad campaign, with its plethora of ockerisms is doing just that, writes Greg Dickson. But spare a thought for "Stevo" who seems to have been written out of the ad to make way for a couple of white guys.

That’s so gay

That’s so gay

November 30, 2012 7 Comments

What's the harm in casually using the phrase 'that's so gay'? Nothing particularly sinister is meant by it and no offence is usually intended. 1,500,000 tweets give a different impression. Greg Dickson writes that homophobic language negatively affects gay people regardless of speaker's intentions:

Polyglot pollies where you least expect them: Gold Coast’s multilingual mayor

September 20, 2012 4 Comments

...perhaps Queensland's reputation for slightly loopy politicians is a tad unfair. Kevin Rudd is nothing if not impressive in the way he can scuttle off to China and chinwag in the local lingo. I couldn't think of any other Australian pollies capable of such professional displays of bilingualism. Until I discovered this...

How not to report on Indigenous education

How not to report on Indigenous education

July 20, 2012 7 Comments

Greg Dickson writes… On Monday I got a phone call out of the blue from a journalist from The Australian. Initially, I felt a bit chuffed being cold-called by a big newspaper. I soon realised however that the journo was asking me about stuff that wasn’t really my area of expertise. She wanted to know […]

Ngurrju! Manymak! Pupuni! NT drops First Four Hours in English policy

Ngurrju! Manymak! Pupuni! NT drops First Four Hours in English policy

July 11, 2012

Over three years ago, the Northern Territory government introduced a policy mandating English-only lessons for the first four (out of five and a bit) hours of school per day, despite widespread criticism. But as Greg Dickson has discovered, the government may have finally retracted the policy.

Karri-borlbme kun-wok ~ Learning language

Karri-borlbme kun-wok ~ Learning language

June 11, 2012

Greg Dickson writes: We’re very happy to spread the word about a great new initiative from Western Arnhem Land that gives us all the chance to learn a bit of an Aboriginal language: Bininj Gunwok*. Through the Bininj Gunwok Language Project, you can now subscribe to an email list and receive regular bits of vocab, grammatical info […]