May 4, 2012
The Federal House of Representatives Inquiry into language learning in Indigenous communities visited Darwin this week, and the Northern Territory government had a hard time defending its first-four-hours-in-English policy. Greg Dickson explains.
February 21, 2012 1 Comment
... spare a thought for the other languages spoken in Australia. And there are dozens and dozens and dozens of them. If you speak something other than English, today, more than any other day, use it. Or you could try finding out what languages your office mates speak...
February 2, 2012 41 Comments
Plenty of us baulked at the use of "blacks" in this headline... But the Fin Review’s new editor, Mike Stuchbury, thought it was fine... There are times when we all need a grammar marm to help straighten us out and it seems that for Mike Stutchbury, that time is now...
June 7, 2011 4 Comments
Channel Nine’s Today program recently reported on the Queen’s landmark visit to Ireland during which the Queen had given a speech at a state dinner. (Yes, those morning shows still have news content!). She opened her speech in Irish, saying “A Uachtarain agus a chairde” (President and friends), a gesture that surprised the Irish president […]
April 18, 2011 9 Comments
Every popular blog has to have a Top 10 list, don’t they? ... here are my “Top Ten Moments in the Sun" for Australia’s Indigenous languages. (#10 are the Bush Mechanics... who took out the other nine spots?)
March 31, 2011 27 Comments
...bilinguals and multilinguals are associated with migrant populations, Aboriginal people, language freaks and other nutjobs who don't quite fit in...
February 28, 2011 3 Comments
In the words of YouTube user kriss3d: Dear Japan. WTF. Sincerely: the rest of the world.
February 14, 2011 6 Comments
I can’t yet come to grips with a new verb that has crept its way into young people’s English: verse (verb) – to compete against someone, e.g. in a tennis match...
February 3, 2011 3 Comments
The academic field of linguistics is hardly something that leaps to front of Aussie minds when thinking of sources of national pride. But based on the scorecards handed out to Australian universities this week...
November 27, 2010 1 Comment
She got a text message from a Kriol-speaking relative but she didn't know who. The number wasn't stored in her phone. So she replied with a 'who's this?' type message and then the reply came, "Untie mi, Barry"