Master of Applied Linguistics

Simon Musgrave to teach at University of Vienna

Monash’s Dr Simon Musgrave (School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics), will be teaching at the University of Vienna over the 2018 European summer semester. Dr Musgrave’s short term teaching position is a mobility opportunity offered by the University of Vienna for courses to be taught between March 2018 and June 2018. The program supports short-term teaching visits of faculty…

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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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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 of research. Cultural Linguistics explores the relationship between language and cultural conceptualisations. This field has important implications for intercultural…

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

Article by Baden Eunson, School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics 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 naTIOn. It probably wasn’t Shaw,…

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Posh accents, discrimination and employment in Australia

Howard Manns, Monash University 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. So, does a similar process hold in the Australian context? Are your employment chances rooted and rooned by not having a posh…

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And, like, she goes ‘yeah, nah’: terminating our bad speech habits

by Baden Eunson Australians aren’t well known for their articulation. From Kath and Kim to Kylie Mole, we’re the first to poke fun at our poor speech habits. But are our word choices reflecting badly on our common or garden intelligence? Should we worry about the degradation of our language leading to the degradation of…

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