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Across the Tasman last week the NZ Herald reported on a recent research paper looking at the use of non-English street signs in Auckland. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find a copy of the paper, ‘The Cosmopolitics of Linguistic Landscapes,’ from Massey University’s Robin Peace and Ian Goodwin, but it doesn’t matter because as [...]
The Victorian Department of Human Services is seeking feedback from residents in public housing, but only if they can understand and fill out the English-only form. Aidan Wilson says the bureaucracy be doing more to help non-English speaking people by providing documents in their first language.
Temporary London correspondent Lauren Gawne writes… I had the good fortune of having my visit to London coincide with the Globe to Globe festival, which Aidan mentioned a couple of weeks ago. It was part of the Shakespeare Festival, itself a part of the bigger London 2012 Festival, which is all tied in with the [...]
Lauren Gawne writes: There was an interesting piece that popped up on The Age on the weekend about the state of the Toto language in India. Speakers of Toto, living in India’s isolated Himalayan foothills, have to face a future where the fate of their language is precarious. It’s a context that’s familiar to me [...]
The Federal House of Representatives Inquiry into language learning in Indigenous communities visited Darwin this week, and the Northern Territory government had a hard time defending its first-four-hours-in-English policy. Greg Dickson explains.
James McElvenny writes… I always thought of Archie as a nice boy, but now I see that he is in fact a very rude young man, possibly due to the strain of being a teenager for the last seventy years or so. But even early on in his perpetual adolescence, back in 1947, he used [...]
It was decreed, by somebody, that April 27 shall be celebrated by all as Passive Voice Day. The passive voice is always encouraged by us at Fully (sic), especially when clarity is increased. Passive Voice Day is a day when people of all walks of life are asked to embrace the passive, and to ensure [...]
ABC tells us the game show just got funner-er. But will anyone apart from word nerds watch 'Randling', a game simply about words? Review by Aidan Wilson.
Aidan Wilson writes… For this year’s London Festival and the Shakespeare Festival, the Globe Theatre is putting on 37 plays in 37 languages, an event they’re calling Globe to Globe. This sort of thing really makes a language nerd like myself wish I was in London. Instead, I have to make do perusing the festival’s [...]
Yesterday on Radio Australia, Phil Kafcaloudes interviewed linguists Vaso Elefsiniotis, Simon Musgrave, and Ghil’ad Zuckerman about Australia’s endangered languages. Phil asks some tough but good questions, revolving around a central...Show More Summary
The Associated Press have conceded that 'hopefully' as a sentence adverb ('it is to be hoped that') is legitimate usage. But will it bring about the cataclysmic destruction of the civilised world as prophesied? Aidan Wilson thinks n...
Fairfax media’s reply to a heavily-critical Murdoch tweet includes a useful new word: “tweetorialise”: “Proof you can’t trust anything in Australian Fairfax papers, unless you are just another crazy,” he tweetorialised this morning. Although the word may have been used before just now, this is, according to Google, the first time it has occurred in [...]
Simon Musgrave writes: What is a corpus and why should we have one? It sounds like the way a low-life character in Dickens might refer to a dead body. (The word does not occur in Dickens in that sense, but his contemporaries did use it in that way –see OED.) But in recent usage (at [...]
Stephen Fry's newest documentary series has agitated some linguists and attracted harsh reviews, but does that mean we shouldn't still watch and enjoy it? Aidan Wilson doesn't think so.
The recent flooding around southern NSW and northern Victoria has brought a few of Australia's more interesting place names into the news. Some of them are interesting just for being a bit longer than the normal place name, such as Tallygaroopna. Show More Summary
The comic strip Zits gets edited by local papers for Australian spelling for words like 'mum'. But shouldn't a creative work be represented how the author intended it? Are they trying to pretend Zits is an Australian cartoon? Aidan Wilson considers the issue.
... spare a thought for the other languages spoken in Australia. And there are dozens and dozens and dozens of them. If you speak something other than English, today, more than any other day, use it. Or you could try finding out what languages your office mates speak...
In case anyone missed it, here’s the HappyLittleVegemiteKR clip that’s been doing the rounds: It seems the Courier Mail was the first to get hold of the story and described it hilariously as a “tax-payer funded video”. (Yeah, Kev, if you want to swear at the camera do it on your own dime.) There’s nothing [...]
Aidan Wilson writes… I am a big fan of the Macquarie dictionary. I am especially grateful to it because recently, it backed me up by listing ‘youse’ as a legitimate word in Australian English and thus defended my scrabble play (although I almost lost friends as a result). But in February each year for the [...]
Greg Dickson writes: Crikey recently reported on the Australian Financial Review who recently reported on Indigenous employment. Crikey’s article didn’t focus on the topic, but rather the headline that the Fin Review put on their front page, wondering if it smacks of racism: Plenty of us baulked at the use of “blacks” in this headline. [...]