It’s the political season in Australia again, and the air is filled with the sound of dog whistles and dead cats hitting tables.

For this show, we turn our attention to political language. What makes a good slogan? What’s behind the Liberal government’s “illiterate immigrant” meme? And what words and phrases should we be looking out for?

Political language analyst Howie Manns talks to Daniel, Ben, and Kylie on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

Online Etymology Dictionary: Filibuster
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=filibuster

Language of women versus men: ‘Wonderful’ and ‘thankful’ versus ‘battle’ and ‘enemy’
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160525161919.htm

Women are Warmer but No Less Assertive than Men: Gender and Language on Facebook
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0155885

From donkey votes to dog whistles, our election language has a long and political history
https://theconversation.com/from-donkey-votes-to-dog-whistles-our-election-language-has-a-long-and-political-history-58054

Good political slogans and this year’s, meh, yawn, failings
https://theconversation.com/good-political-slogans-and-this-years-meh-yawn-failings-59964

The ‘wells’, ‘looks’ and vibe of Australian debating: language to look for on Sunday
https://theconversation.com/the-wells-looks-and-vibe-of-australian-debating-language-to-look-for-on-sunday-60105

Election FactCheck: are many refugees illiterate and innumerate?
https://theconversation.com/election-factcheck-are-many-refugees-illiterate-and-innumerate-59584

Election 2016: How accurate are Peter Dutton’s comments on ‘illiterate’ refugees?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-18/election-2016-peter-dutton-comments-illiterate-refugees/7425642

Election 2016: Peter Dutton urged to ‘take a trip back’ to refugee camp after literacy remarks
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-18/dutton-should-27take-a-trip-back-to-lebanon27/7426158

Barack Obama removes ‘oriental’ and ‘negro’ from federal law
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/president-obama-removes-oriental-and-negro-from-federal-law-a7041701.html

Dames at Sea’s “Singapore Sue” Problem
http://www.onstageblog.com/columns/2015/9/25/dames-at-seas-sinapore-sue-problem

Why is this Broadway musical featuring a racist song?
http://www.metro.us/new-york/why-is-this-broadway-musical-featuring-a-racist-song/zsJoiw—nAKKk7jqo5kY/

Washington State banned the term in 2002: Preferred terminology in government documents.
http://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=1.20.130

“Oriental:” Death of a Semi-Slur
http://dialectblog.com/2013/09/19/oriental-death-of-a-semi-slur/


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