Fully (sic)Dec 21, 20159 Comments
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.
Fully (sic)Dec 14, 20152 Comments
In Australia, we sometimes have multiple words for the same thing. Sydney Kingstone reports on her current research into who says what where.
Fully (sic)Sep 25, 20158 Comments
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.
Allie SeverinAug 6, 20152 Comments
It’s time to get excited. ABC’s language advisory body is back!
Fully (sic)Jul 2, 20153 Comments
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.
Lochlan MorrisseyApr 22, 201514 Comments
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
Fully (sic)Apr 2, 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.
Lochlan MorrisseyMay 13, 20145 Comments
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 purgator
Allie SeverinApr 28, 20148 Comments
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.
Fully (sic)Jun 3, 20132 Comments
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.