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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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Clear focus on Indigenous languages is rather fuzzy

Clear focus on Indigenous languages is rather fuzzy

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.

Happy International Mother Language Day!

Happy International Mother Language Day!

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...

Why Muriel Heslop is not as dumb as the Australian Financial Review

Why Muriel Heslop is not as dumb as the Australian Financial Review

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...

Karl Stefanović wins ‘Gold Bogan’ award

Karl Stefanović wins ‘Gold Bogan’ award

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 […]

Australia’s Indigenous languages “Top 10 moments in the sun”

Australia’s Indigenous languages “Top 10 moments in the sun”

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?)

Migrants, black people and other bilingual freaks

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...

Spare me my life!

February 28, 2011 3 Comments

In the words of YouTube user kriss3d: Dear Japan. WTF. Sincerely: the rest of the world.

Who did you verse?

Who did you verse?

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...

Word nerds are the next national heroes

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...

Untie mi, Barry

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"