Auslan is one of Australia’s most popular signed languages.

But how many of us know it? And what is communication like for Deaf speakers in the wider society?

Auslan advocate and Young Australian of the Year Drisana Levitzke-Gray joins Daniel and Ben in the studio on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

More things that rhyme with ‘orange’

Sporange, and a whole lot of other words.

‘Sign guy’ stunned by social media attention following Tropical Cyclone Marcia

Why a ‘poetic’ sign language interpreter went viral in Australia

Sign Guy Speaks!

The ‘Sign Guy’ explains what he does

The Auslan sign for MOUSE in the Auslan Signbank

The Auslan Corpus

Find out about facial expression in Auslan, via this book by Trevor Johnston and Adam Schembri
Google Books link

Prepare yourself for National Grammar Day

Brought to you by the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar

Young Australian of the Year 2015, Drisana Levitzke-Gray

Drisana’s interview with Channel 10’s Wake Up Program about Jury Duty

Beautiful language: Drisana Levitzke-Gray recognised for efforts advocating for deaf rights

Deaf winner wants her sign language to be heard

Deaf Advocate Drisana Levitzke-Gray explains why her fight for the rights of deaf-children is so important.

Did someone say new words? Here are selfie, photobomb, and duckface in American Sign Language (ASL). Not all signs look just like the thing, but in these cases, yeah, kinda.

Here’s an article about how they eventually achieve consensus for new signs.

Is the Deaf community shrinking?

There is some speculation that Auslan might be an endangered language.

From 2004: Hear me out: lamenting a silent language falling out of favour


“Dank beers”

Show tunes

Find the tracks we play on the RTRFM webpage for this episode.