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How accent bias affects our daily lives

How accent bias affects our daily lives

A recent study in the UK found that the hiring practices of 13 elite law, accountancy and financial companies favoured applicants with posh accents more so than their working-class counterparts.

LLCL only 14 May, 2018
Get yer hand off it, mate, Australian slang is not dying

Get yer hand off it, mate, Australian slang is not dying

As the debate continues over whether Australia Day should be celebrated on January 26, this series looks at the politics of some unresolved issues swirling around

LLCL only 25 January, 2018
Insults, offence and words that wound: why language needs to be handled with care

Insults, offence and words that wound: why language needs to be handled with care

Our linguistic and legal obsession with “insult” and “offence” is nothing new. In 1832, Sydney resident William McLoughlin was given 50 lashes for using the word “damned” against his master.

LLCL only 16 September, 2016
The linguistic dirt on that dirty little word tax

The linguistic dirt on that dirty little word tax

The word tax (and words derived from it like taxabletaxpayer etc) loomed large in Scott Morrison’s budget speech – 79 mentions in fact. Tax figured less prominently in Labor’s reply

LLCL only 16 May, 2016
From donkey votes to dog whistles, our election language has a long and political history

From donkey votes to dog whistles, our election language has a long and political history

We now know that July 2 will be the day when our politicians, in the words of Alfred Deakin, get dragged from the tart-shop screaming.

We’ll do our part to fill in the lengthy election coverage by looking at language and polly-talk. We

LLCL only 10 May, 2016
Monash University news

A ‘new’ approach to communicating – oh, and jobs and growth – to be found in Budget 2016

On budget night, Scott Morrison and the Coalition whipped out their little sack for the nation. “Budget”, you see, derives from the Old French bougette “little leather sack”.

Let’s review the

LLCL only 6 May, 2016
Professor Farzad Sharifian holds the Chair of Cultural Linguistics within the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics.

World first at Monash: Chair in Cultural Linguistics appointed to Farzad Sharifian

Professor Farzad Sharifian has recently been appointed as the Chair in Cultural Linguistics at Monash, the first appointment of its kind in the world, establishing Monash’s position as the leading institution in this newly developed field

LLCL only 13 August, 2015
Monash University news

The absurdity of English spelling and why we’re stuck with it

Ghoti. How would you pronounce that? According to urban legend, it was George Bernard Shaw, the Irish playwright, who coined the term in his quest for spelling reform. He pronounced it “fish” because of the sounds touGH; wOmen; and

LLCL only 27 July, 2015
Monash University news

Posh accents, discrimination and employment in Australia

UK researchers recently reviewed the hiring practices of 13 elite law, accountancy and financial companies, and found that applicants with posh accents were favoured over their working class counterparts.

LLCL only 26 June, 2015