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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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And the UN Award goes to… (how do you say that in Gumbaynggirr?)

And the UN Award goes to… (how do you say that in Gumbaynggirr?)

November 3, 2010 1 Comment

I love statements like the one Aden Ridgeway has made. Influencing language policy isn't just the stuff of governments, lobby groups, reports and other potentially snore-worthy documents. Language policy decisions and changes also happen on community and personal levels.

Kitties, doggies, bikies and other cute things

Kitties, doggies, bikies and other cute things

October 14, 2010 6 Comments

Greg Dickson writes... An American friend of mine the other day was saying how weird it is that Australians call large hulking bearded men who wear leather and ride motorbikes “bikies”. Sounds normal to me.

Barra-ngeja ketchup, ngarra-ngeja tomato sauce / They call it ketchup, We call it tomato sauce

Barra-ngeja ketchup, ngarra-ngeja tomato sauce / They call it ketchup, We call it tomato sauce

September 21, 2010 37 Comments

Greg Dickson writes:...Are we so insecure about our cultural identity that the first sign of a relatively useless term like tomato sauce being at risk can cause anxiety about the downfall of Australian life as we know it?

One pancakes?

One pancakes?

September 2, 2010 6 Comments

Greg Dickson writes:... When the waitperson brought my pancakes, she offered it saying, "One pancakes?". One pancakes?

If you love you’re apostrophe, set it free!

If you love you’re apostrophe, set it free!

July 16, 2010 16 Comments

Greg Dickson writes: The poor old apostrophe. It’s becoming quite controversial these days. Once upon a time it had a happy secure home where all it would ever do was tell you that someone owned something or it would show you that were squishing two words together.

Speak your home language but do it in English please!

May 13, 2010 9 Comments

Greg Dickson writes:...What sort of fool is capable of saying something as ridiculous as this?:"We want people to speak their home language for the first four hours but we want it predominantly done in English."

Researching your own language from your own remote NT community? Kah-mon!

Researching your own language from your own remote NT community? Kah-mon!

May 9, 2010

Greg Dickson writes: ...kangu actually means ‘belly’ in Dalabon and wokarrun literally means something like 'telling yourself a story'. But kangu wokarrun means much more than 'telling yourself a story in your belly'

Havin a Barry

April 18, 2010 10 Comments

Barnaby Greg Dickson writes: Barnaby Joyce, Queensland Senator for the Liberal National Party, has been havin a bit of a Barry of late, getting a bit of a kicking for being a tad too outspoken. But one area in which he beats other pollies hands down is his talent for wedging Australian English right there […]