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Using the correct terminology - Teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives

(An abridged extract from <i>Yarning Strong Professional Support Years 3-4</i>)<p>Language and individual words gain their meaning from a particular context or …

Why doesn’t modern Australia have diverse regional accents?

Share selection to:<p>There is clearly some variation in the way Australians speak, but for a big country it is strange the English-Australian accent …

This Map Shows all the Disappearing Languages in the World

Amazingly, there are 7,099 languages still spoken in the world. Sadly, one-third of them are under threat of extinction – many of which only have up …

Language

Amazon jobs: Tech company seeks Australian linguist to help data team

Looking for a new job? Tech giant Amazon is in search for a linguist who can teach it the intricacies of the Australian accent.<p>The company that was …

Toddlers Begin Learning Rules of Reading and Writing at Very Early Age

<i>Summary: A new study reveals that by the age of three, children are already starting to follow complex rules and patterns that govern how letters fit</i> …

Collocation and Pejoration.

‘I am a gentil womman and no wenche’: from Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Merchant’s Tale, c1386. Photograph: Alamy.<p>Linguists call it collocation: the …

Fears of British English’s disappearance are overblown

PAUL REVERE’S ride through Concord, Massachusetts, warning that “the British are coming! The British are coming!”, is said to have saved America’s …

Dialects

Scientists Figured Out When Human Babies Learn to Be Haters

They're not born with a distrust of strangers, but it's learned soon after.<p>Babies begin to process language in the womb, so it’s no surprise that …

Psychology

Cops speak less respectfully to black community members | Stanford News

The first systematic analysis of police body camera footage shows that officers consistently use less respectful language with black community …

Stanford University

The Dangers Of Hidden Jargon In Communicating Science

One of the challenges that can arise in communicating science and other forms of scholarship to non-experts is the jargon involved.<p>How many people can confidently explain the meaning of broadband asymmetric acoustic transmission, mural lymphatic endothelial cells, or graded incoherence (to borrow …

Why English spelling is a mess

The main reason that spelling doesn't match pronunciation very well is that most of our spellings come from a time from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries, and back then, many people couldn't read or write well, or at all, so attempts to standardize the way people spelled took time and were …

Why You Need Emoji - Issue 50: Emergence

The use of emojis has become a global phenomenon. By 2015, over 6 billion emojis1 were being sent every day by over 90 percent of the world’s online …

Dah-tah or Day-tah? Analyzing the global Americanization of British English

CDS prof. Bruno Gonçalves & company use data from Twitter and Google Books to analyze the English language<p>When speaking to the British Council in …

Of course language is essential to class. Take it from an Englishman.

I have to confess I have no idea what a <i>Pomodoro</i> or <i>Padrino</i> entails, nor a <i>soppressata</i> or <i>capicollo,</i> but as a seasoned, sophisticated British traveler I …

Language

Debate over Irish language is central to power-sharing talks in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) now finds itself kingmaker at Westminster after Theresa May’s election gamble backfired. Back home …

What Does The Dog Say?: Here's How "Bark" Translates in 10 Different Languages

Albanian dogs say “Ham ham!"<p>Let us paint you a picture: The year was 2013. Everyone was playing Candy Crush while standing in line for Cronuts, …

Folks, It's Been Two Years Since Tony Abbott Ate The Onion

On March 13, 2015, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott tucked into that onion, skin and all, on a visit to a farm in Tasmania.<p>Abbott took a tour of the …

Why Is Chuck the Short for Charles and Bill the Short for William?

Nicknames or "pet names" — shortened forms of standard names — exist in every language and every culture dating back to the first written records. In …

Linguistics

GEKONDE: The peculiar way Kenyans use English

Blogs<p>ADVERTISEMENT<p>8/6/2017<p>The peculiar way Kenyans use English<p>In Summary<p>ADVERTISEMENT<p>ADVERTISEMENT<p>If you don’t spend your waking hours studying the …

The Origins of Certain English Words That Only Exist in Their Negative Forms

In the latest episode of their fascinating and informative etymological whiteboard series for Mental Floss, linguist Arika Okrent and illustrator …

Why I 'amn’t' a prescriptivist

Before my first linguistics class, I felt an immense frustration at the smallest of grammatical errors. As I began taking more and more courses in …

Linguistics

The bizarre origins of your favorite slang words

BROTHEL<p>As a name for a house of ill repute, brothel has been a part of common English since the end of the 16th century, but is also something of a …

Slang class helps Aussie newbies to Kal learn the lingo

An Australian slang class is helping newcomers to Kalgoorlie understand local phrases and feel more at home.<p>Every week, a small group of people from …

Yes, covfefe is a word now. That's the Trump effect | David Shariatmadari

Influential people have always had the power to change language. The president’s late-night typo sent the internet crazy, but will it stick around?<p>Covfefe is the word on everyone’s lips. Or rather, it would be if people knew how to say it. You see, this latest contender for 2017’s “word of the …

In defence of grammar pedantry: 'Grammonds' should be celebrated, not vilified

This week, the financial press reported the downfall of a high-profile grammar pedant, Professor Paul Romer, the World Bank's chief economist, who …

Passed away, kicked the bucket, pushing up daisies – the many ways we don't talk about death

Talking about death and dying is taboo in many parts of the world. So it’s no wonder many people avoid talking about it. Or they struggle to find the …

Study: Police Speak Less Respectfully To Black People, But We Already Knew That

A police officer is more likely to address a White person as “sir” or “ma’am” during a traffic stop, but a Black person would be addressed by their …

Four’N Twenty Campaigns To “Save our Slang” - B&T

The delightful Lisa Sheehan straps into B&T's "cage of truth" we actually prefer to call our Women in Media profiles.<p>Posted 2 days Ago<p>Recommended<p>B&T …

Do you know a Bunji from a Boorie? Meet our dictionary's new Indigenous words

A new edition of the Australian National Dictionary has just been published. It contains 16,000 words and while the first edition (published in 1988) …

Northern Territory