How can you make a difference to language?

Linguists are doing a lot of great work, but what if you’re not a linguist? Is there anything that you can do to make the world a better place for language and the people who use it?

Daniel Midgley has some ideas, and he chats with linguist Christine Mallinson on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

On 22 April, empiricists around the country will march for science

March for Science – Perth, Western Australia

Green Party launches plan to teach te reo Maori to ‘every New Zealand child’

Why does the idea of te reo Māori as a core subject make so many people flip out?

Māori Language Policy

Māori Language Week / Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2017

Maori particles

English-only speakers find learning Te Reo difficult

Ethnologue: Maori in the Language Cloud

Kickstarter: language

The Endangered Languages Project

Volunteering with the Refugee Council of Australia

AMES Australia

Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)

Read Write Now “language” in WA

New app Valuable Voices builds awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity in the classroom

Valuable Voices on the App Store

Phrase Detectives


Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year: Committee’s Choice and People’s Choice announced!

Ben Pobjie: Halal Snack Pack isn’t a word: It’s time to boycott Big Dictionary

Pauline Hanson loses it over halal snack packs

ACL: Multiword Expressions

Morphological Typology: Modes of attachment (PDF)

Morphological Typology

yous v youse

The tale of Benny and Jenny

Meet Ben’s Sister Jane, History’s Forgotten Franklin

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