The Australian National Dictionary is charting our rapidly evolving language.
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Our communications revolution is changing the way we write and speak, and 'Slanglish' has never had it so good.
A few of those sayings that most people tend to get wrong.
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the October 9 presidential town hall debate.
An expert in political rhetoric singles out Trump's repeated use of reification – the tendency to treat people as things – and the role it's played in his tortured response to the leaked tape.
Go ahead, just let off some steam.
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With the taboo on swearing loosening over the past few decades, will profanity lose its effectiveness in spoken language?
The right-wing press is using a particularly out of date ideology to link language change and immigration.
South Africa has 11 official languages. Why do universities only favour two?
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Universities pay too little attention to the knowledge and experiences that students bring to their institutions from different cultures and backgrounds.
But can you understand it?
Family Court judge Peter Jackson has been widely praised for rendering his judgement in simple English.
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Skepta's Mercury Prize win has put grime – and youth culture – in the spotlight.
Freedom of speech is valuable, but we should always be mindful of how words can wound.
If we're serious about freedom of speech, we need a more open and respectful discussion about words that cause insult and offence.
Humans co-opted the anatomical structures for breathing and chewing to create speech.
Humans have invented many technologies to survive better – spears, pots, calculators, even language. With language, however, the raw material used to fashion the technology is the human body itself.
Urdu-language maxims adorn a school in the Swat Valley, Pakistan.
India and Pakistan wanted to replace colonial English with national languages after independence. The process is still far from over.
One South African school issues ‘demerits’ if their pupils speak anything but English.
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Schools and universities in post-colonial contexts still operate within the logic of coloniality. This is starkly illustrated by their language policies.
…and Red Little Riding Hood.
The use of adjectives in English has caused an internet storm – here are the 'rules' explained.
The biggest issue is still getting the kids to eat them.
When botany and linguistics collide: pumpkins are fruits and there's technically no such thing as a vegetable. But try telling that to a five-year-old and see how far you get.
Our relationships, desires, anxieties are reflected in the way we communicate.
A "passion" was once thought of as a love or desire so irresistible as to take one to the threshold of death. What are we to make, then, of a passion for innovation or management consulting? What's happening to our words?
Some argue that it would be impossible to understand an alien language, as it wouldn't have the same grammar as humans use. But others are more optimistic.
“Apparently you’ve got some kind of a troll problem?”
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500m posts are made daily on Twitter alone. Policing them is no easy task.
All hail the ‘silver surfer’. But other terms used to describe older Australians are not so complimentary.
Our mixed feelings about ageing are clearly revealed in the language we use to talk about it.
And you thought it just indicated the end of a sentence…
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For centuries, written communication was tinged with formality and finality. But since the emergence of casual forms like texting, using proper grammar can be fraught with misinterpretation.
Those who object to sexist jokes or other forms of offensive language are often accused of being wowsers, of trying to silence free speech.
What impact can offensive language have? Is it really a case of 'political correctness gone mad'?