December, 2015

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So where did the Aussie accent really come from?

, Dec 21, 2015

There are many folktales and controversies about the origins of Australian speech. But what does history really tell us about the Aussie accent’s development? Have people’s views of it changed? And where is it headed? Richard Ingold takes us through the basics of Australian English.
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From milk bars and potato cakes to delis and fritters: a taste of Australian English regionalisms

, Dec 14, 2015

In Australia, we sometimes have multiple words for the same thing. Sydney Kingstone reports on her current research into who says what where.
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Welcome to Australian English, where swearing isn’t swearing

, Sep 25, 2015

Is 'shit' a swear word? What about 'pretty'? Catherine Cook looks at the complexities of swearing in Australian English, where everything is not as simple as it sometimes seems.

ABC Language rises from SCOSE’s ashes

, Aug 06, 2015

It’s time to get excited. ABC’s language advisory body is back!
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Big Brother is watching (your grammar)

, Jul 02, 2015

Who would watch Big Brother in this day and age? Maybe not who you might expect. Isabelle Burke explains how reality TV is proving to be an ideal way to study language.

Skol! scull! scoll! … erm … skål?

, Apr 22, 2015

Did you hear the news!? Tony Abbott downed a beer! Quickly! A politician! The Prime Minister! Beer! Quickly! Beer! The story of Abbott’s recent drink-em-up isn’t, in the Grand Scheme of Things, really that remarkable. But there’s something about its coverage that caught our eyes at Fully (Sic) HQ: the spelling of what those around […]
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Swedes and Australians say yes to gender neutrality

, Apr 02, 2015

As society becomes more focussed on equality, some languages are evolving to include gender-neutral pronouns. Allie Severin and Hedvig Skirgård discuss how this is playing out in Swedish and Australian English.

No, Baden Eunson, English is not vunerable in Straya

, May 13, 2014

It’s that old conservative chestnut. We’ve lost our way. We’re falling into an amoral, amorphous, or—in the case of linguistic conservatism—ungrammatical purgatory. But fear not! Redemption is at hand! Just some simple alterations to your accent, to reflect centuries-outdated pronunciation preserved in an obscure, inefficient orthography, and you’ll be saved! It’s this style of peevology […]

Grammar pedantry across the generations

, Apr 28, 2014

People often bemoan that kids these days aren't being taught grammar. Allie Severin writes about her research, and shows that young people are just as discerning, they just notice different things.
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The bouncer at the national door: the Australian citizenship test

, Jun 03, 2013

The Australian citizenship test has been with us since 2007, but is it doing more than just quizzing future Aussies on their knowledge of our form of government, our sporting legends and our public holidays? Linguistics student Ben Purser asks some questions of his own.
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Chook lit

, May 02, 2013

Here, in this paddock on this weekend, there’d be no designer drugs. No doof-doof music. No baggy skate pants revealing bumcracks. … Instead, Kate knew there’d be booze and boots and ‘bloody-oath, mates’ and good, old-fashioned piss-wrecked fun.
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Popularity of “Canberra bashing” lands it in the dictionary

, Mar 01, 2013

Although the city of Canberra is coming of age and celebrating its centenary this year, Canberra bashing remains a popular national pastime. So much so that the Australian National Dictionary Centre is adding it to the Oxford's Australian National Dictionary. Oxford University Press reveals the story behind the latest addition.

Abbott voices his opinion on accents and politics

, Feb 20, 2013

Tony Abbott claims that the Liberal and National parties will always have a 'strong Australian accent'. Can he be serious? Aidan Wilson sounds things out.
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Australia Votes: The 2012 Word of the Year

, Jan 31, 2013

As the nation prepares for the longest election campaign in Australian history, another election needs our attention first. Aidan Wilson looks at some of the contenders for Macquarie Dictionary's 2012 Word of the Year competition.
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Are we talking Aussie?

, Jan 24, 2013

The Australian dialect is a recurring topic here at Fully (sic). Guest blogger Nenagh Kemp from the University of Tasmania tells us about her recent research into one of its most distinctive features, hypocoristics.
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Is “Stevo” not Aussie enough for the new Macca’s ad?

, Jan 10, 2013

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.
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, Dec 07, 2012

The Australian National Dictionary Centre recently made ranga its word of the month and added it to the Oxford Australia Dictionary. The story of how it came to prominence is an interesting one - not hard when Jonah Takalua plays a role. Oxford University Press writes:
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That’s so gay

, Nov 30, 2012

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:

How to make friends and influence people: Know your audience!

, Nov 16, 2012

In the wake of the Asian Century white paper, some have complained that our own English language standards are dropping, and that the Prime Minister is getting lax with her Ps and Qs. Are they right? Dr Simon Musgrave looks at some of the complaints.

First language education is a matter of common sense

, Sep 18, 2012

The Our Land Our Language report unequivocally calls for the reinstatement of bilingual education programs in remote areas, for compulsory English as an Additional Language training in teaching degrees, and for changes to be made to how NAPLAN testing is carried out. But what do these measures mean and how effective will they be in ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in remote areas get the best education we can provide?