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So where did the Aussie accent really come from?

So where did the Aussie accent really come from?

Dec 21, 2015 9

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.

From milk bars and potato cakes to delis and fritters: a taste of Australian English regionalisms

From milk bars and potato cakes to delis and fritters: a taste of Australian English regionalisms

Dec 14, 2015 2

In Australia, we sometimes have multiple words for the same thing. Sydney Kingstone reports on her current research into who says what where.

Review: 'Comma Sutra'

Review: ‘Comma Sutra’

Nov 20, 2015

Been missing the cunning, linguistic comedy in your life? Elisabeth Griffiths reviews a local offering that will hit the spot.

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Does big data equal big problems?

Does big data equal big problems?

Nov 13, 2015 1

Researchers are making use of 'big data' more and more these days. Technology makes it so easy! But can it go wrong? Fear not! Andreea Calude is here to give us a heads up on its potential pitfalls.

When media gets drunk on absurdity and tries to tell us we’re the ones who sound drunk

When media gets drunk on absurdity and tries to tell us we’re the ones who sound drunk

Oct 29, 2015 9

Recent claims about Australian English turn out to be unsupported and extremely questionable according to a range of national experts we surveyed. Their responses, only some of which are provided below, make us question whether The Age was irresponsible in publishing them in the first place and sparking their viral and international dissemination.

YOLO AGOGO

YOLO AGOGO

Oct 23, 2015 4

When buzzwords are harder to follow than a Game of Thrones plotline, it takes a particularly attentive word-watcher to keep track of the trends. Luckily, none other than David Astle is here to examine one that burned brightly but briefly for the impulsive cool kids.

What’s in a name? Language and the (gay) marriage (equality) debate.

What’s in a name? Language and the (gay) marriage (equality) debate.

Oct 16, 2015 1

The meaning of the word ‘marriage’ has been hotly debated in the media and in global politics over the last few years. To explore the role of language in shaping the debate about social changes, here’s Elisabeth Griffiths with an examination of the terms used by those for and against changing the legal definition of ‘marriage’.

Words can wound. Let’s stop calling people ‘crazy’.

Words can wound. Let’s stop calling people ‘crazy’.

Oct 8, 2015 1

This Mental Health Week, Erica Dodd explains why casually using terms that deride mental illness can have more of an effect than you might think.

Spotlighting Australia's Languages: Wajarri

Spotlighting Australia’s Languages: Wajarri

Oct 1, 2015 2

We Australians don't know much about the languages spoken in our own country - so Fully Sic is here to help! We're featuring a series of posts about languages spoken around the country. Today, Rosie Sitorus tells us about Wajarri.

Welcome to Australian English, where swearing isn't swearing

Welcome to Australian English, where swearing isn’t swearing

Sep 25, 2015 8

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.