Master of Applied Linguistics

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

By Kate Burridge and Howard Manns, from the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics. 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 Australia Day – namely, the republic and reconciliation. And just for good measure, we’ll check…

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

by Dr Howard Manns  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. But what does McLoughlin’s case tell us about today? Welsh Rabbit and lashes from pretty fellows The word insult can be…

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The linguistic dirt on that dirty little word tax

By Kate Burridge and Howard Manns The word tax (and words derived from it like taxable, taxpayer etc) loomed large in Scott Morrison’s budget speech – 79 mentions in fact. Tax figured less prominently in Labor’s reply (27 mentions) – but, mind you, Malcolm tells us this is because Labor is hiding its tax plan.…

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

Kate Burridge, Monash University and Howard Manns, Monash University 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 language of these little sacks, and see how this year’s budget language measures up against…

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Rikki Campbell, Master of Applied Linguistics graduate

Applied Linguistics is the study of how language is used and learned, and Monash graduate, Rikki Campbell, has always been fascinated by the possibilities in this field. We caught up with Rikki to talk about her Masters degree experiences, and what led her to exploring the value of exchange program study in language learning, and ultimately to her current…

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