• Let’s learn to love our Aussie accents

    Kate Burridge     |      March 17, 2019

    Our views of accents are arbitrary social evaluations rather than intrinsic facts, and we base them on our knowledge and experience of the people who lie behind them. We should embrace our accents as part of who we are.

  • Immigrants pick up more ‘Australianisms’

    Jane Faure-Brac     |      February 10, 2019

    Despite a perception that immigrants are resistant to assimilation, people who speak a foreign language are actually more likely to adopt the Australian lexicon

  • Rediscovering English grammar for a new generation

    Sarah Hall     |      January 28, 2019

    The structured teaching of English grammar was dropped from the Australian curriculum in the 1960s, but learning the fundamentals not only helps students learn foreign languages, but gives them more confidence when using their own.

  • Grey nomads, seachangers and bogans – 30 years of the Australian National Dictionary

    Jane Faure-Brac     |      November 17, 2018

    Do you know someone ‘doing a Johnny Farnham’? Have you played the ‘thongophone’? And how do you think Australia’s ‘koala diplomacy’ is working? These “Australianisms” are contenders for the next edition of the Australian National Dictionary (AND), prove Australian English is alive and well on its 30th anniversary.