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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More things that rhyme with ‘orange’
http://everything2.com/title/Things+that+rhyme+with+orange

Sporange, and a whole lot of other words.
http://www.sharonherald.com/community/they-re-in-oxford-dictionary-but-many-words-have-limited/article_972d5919-04ba-5ce1-9ce7-35ad055573a2.html

‘Sign guy’ stunned by social media attention following Tropical Cyclone Marcia
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-24/sign-guy-stunned-by-social-media-attention-following-cyclone/6247008

Why a ‘poetic’ sign language interpreter went viral in Australia
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-ouch-31558277

Sign Guy Speaks!
http://www.4bc.com.au/news/sign-guy-speaks-20150223-13m50a.html

The ‘Sign Guy’ explains what he does
http://bmag.com.au/your-brisbane/galleries/2015/02/21/the-signguy-explains-what-he-does/

The Auslan sign for MOUSE in the Auslan Signbank
http://www.auslan.org.au/dictionary/words/mouse-1.html

The Auslan Corpus
http://www.auslan.org.au/about/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
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/language-blog/bal-prepare-yourself-for-national-grammar-day-20150227-story.html

Brought to you by the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar
http://grammatically.blogspot.com.au

Young Australian of the Year 2015, Drisana Levitzke-Gray
http://www.australianoftheyear.org.au/honour-roll/?view=fullView&recipientID=1253

Drisana’s interview with Channel 10’s Wake Up Program about Jury Duty
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg8rcuiAjJk

Beautiful language: Drisana Levitzke-Gray recognised for efforts advocating for deaf rights
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-11/drisana-levitzke-gray-wa-young-australian-of-the-year/5960922

Deaf winner wants her sign language to be heard
https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/26097577/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.
https://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/watch/26097398/young-australian-of-the-year/

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.
http://petapixel.com/2015/02/28/heres-how-to-say-selfie-photobomb-and-duckface-in-sign-language/

Here’s an article about how they eventually achieve consensus for new signs.
http://www.hopesandfears.com/hopes/now/internet/168477-internet-american-sign-language

Is the Deaf community shrinking?
http://www.divine.vic.gov.au/lifestyle/relationships/deaf-community-shrinking

There is some speculation that Auslan might be an endangered language.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auslan

From 2004: Hear me out: lamenting a silent language falling out of favour
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/06/1086460172692.html?from=storylhs

Dank
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Dank

“Dank beers”
http://allevents.in/portland/the-mic-at-the-end-of-the-universe/267255276679811


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