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, 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.
, 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.
, 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.
, Aug 06, 2015
It’s time to get excited. ABC’s language advisory body is back!
, 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.
, 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 […]
, 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 Just some simple alterations to your accent, to reflect centuries-outdated pronunciation preserved in an obscure, inefficient orthography, and you’ll be saved!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 […]
, 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.
, 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.
, 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.
, 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.
, 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.
, 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:
, 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:
, 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?