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Just horsing around?

There was a time when people used to disparage those who tried to use language to change things. Feminists who promoted the use of less sexist language, for example, were often criticised though few...

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Using Language to Poke Fun

By Keely Kidner, a taste of her recently completed PhD Given the seriousness of climate change and its devastating effects, you’d be forgiven for thinking that environmental activists have little use for humour. But...

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Lining up Language – a conference

An interesting-sounding conference is being held over two days at Te Papa in Wellington this week. Organised by the Office of Ethnic Communities, Lining up Language: Navigating Government Policy promises to cover a wide...

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The English they value

Rachel’s recent post about the treatment of NZSL on a sign reminded me of a photo I took a couple of months ago. It’s a bit of a cliché to talk of English being...

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Language, identity & a thwarted leader

A story caught my eye in The Dominion Post yesterday: Budding leader can’t speak Navajo. Not the most inspiring of headlines, and as a general statement probably true of most budding leaders around the...

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‘Drive’ and ‘Dive’

By Laurie Bauer, Victoria University of Wellington There are over 100 verbs of English which end in a stressed syllable with the price vowel (the vowel in drive and dive). Of these just seven...