School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics

  • “I was hooked”: a conversation with Monash Arts alumna Grace Orange Administration of polio vaccine for kids in CipanasArts/Science graduate Grace Orange interned with Indonesian NGO Yayasan Usaha Mulia as part of her Monash Arts degree, travelling to remote villages in West Java, delivering a report that triggered the implementation of crucial health treatments for the hundreds of people who live there. Grace’s report demonstrated the health, educational and community development benefits of integrating ...
  • Imagining our future: science fiction and climate change | A conversation with Emeritus Professor Andrew Milner Photo: Chad StembridgeAs 2017 begins, we reflect on the beginnings and evolution of our ideas on utopia and dystopia today. From Star Wars to Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest film on climate change, we sat down with Emeritus Professor Andrew Milner, at Monash University’s School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics (LLCL), to talk about his research into ...
  • The shelf-life of slang – what will happen to those ‘democracy sausages’? Kate Burridge, Monash University Every year around this time, dictionaries across the English-speaking world announce their “Word of the Year”. These are expressions (some newly minted and some golden oldies too) that for some reason have shot into prominence during the year. Earlier this month The Australian National Dictionary Centre declared its winner “democracy sausage” – the ...
  • Enter the My Place, My Story writing competition The City of Monash is conducting the My Place, My Story Writing Competition in association with Monash University, run in co-operation with Monash Council Libraries as part of the  Literary Habitats joint research project between Monash and Warwick University.  Aspiring and emerging writers are encouraged to write and submit a short creative piece that explores the idea of place: where ...
  • Godzilla’s lost nuclear past: Dr Jason Jones Jason JonesYou might remember Godzilla demolishing San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, or Matthew Broderick defeating the monster in New York, but what do you know about Godzilla’s nuclear past? The original Godzilla film tackles the threat of the atomic age and nuclear weapons, it’s about Japan being drawn into war again, and about people living with the ...
  • How the dictionary is totes taking up the vernacular Kate Burridge, Monash University There’s a new arrival on the dictionary scene – the much-anticipated second edition of the Australian National Dictionary, known fondly as AND. As I recently wrote, these beautiful two volumes should certainly put to rest any fears people might have about the continued place of “tree-dictionaries” in an age of e-books and digital ...
  • “Reading Coetzee’s Women” conference an outstanding success There has been enormous international scholarly interest in J.M Coetzee’s writings in recent years. Since 2009, five major international conferences have been held and two literary biographies, 10 monographs and over 300 articles have been published about his work. Despite this, very little has been written about his female narrators and characters or ...
  • Insults, offence and words that wound: why language needs to be handled with care Howard Manns, Monash University Who can say what to whom in Australia? In this six-part series, we look at the complex idea of freedom of speech, who gets to exercise it and whether it is being curtailed in public debate. Our linguistic and legal obsession with “insult” and “offence” is nothing new. In 1832, Sydney resident William ...
  • LLCL Honours student recognised in prestigious international awards programme Honours student in Literary Studies, Calvin Fung, has received a High Commendation in The Undergraduate Awards (UA), a global, pan-discipline academic awards programme designed to identify leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework.  Calvin has been invited to attend the UA Global Summit in Dublin this November, where he will rub shoulders with some of the brightest undergraduate ...
  • VCE Oral Workshop for Second Language Indonesian All students currently studying Indonesian language for the Victorian Certificate of Education are invited to apply for Monash University’s 2016 VCE Oral workshops. The workshops this year will consist of four workshops held over two days followed by a mock VCE oral exam. All sessions take place at Monash University’s Caulfield Campus.  Aim for the workshop: The aim ...
  • Monash Chinese Studies students awarded study scholarships in language competition Last week saw Monash Arts students win the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Language Proficiency Competition for Foreign University Students once again.  Two of our students, Sean Hyatt and Tristan McCarthy, took out the Champion of Oceania and the 1st Prize respectively in the grand finals of the 15th “Chinese Bridge” competition held in Changsha, the capital city of Hunan ...
  • Strong Monash line-up at the Melbourne Writers Festival Monash University academics are well represented at the Melbourne Writers Festival, a two-week celebration of Australia’s writers, readers and thinkers. Monash University representatives can be found here. Journalism senior lecturer Dr Nasya Bahfen will be speaking at the first session on Friday, August 26. The forum is a free event. Details below … Dr Nasya Bahfen Lecturer Journalism “Forum: The Right ...
  • Research Interview: Japanese Studies’ Jason Jones Dr Jason Jones, Japanese Studies lecturer at Monash University. Want to know how the Japanese language, wine, Godzilla and video games all tie in to being a researcher at Monash? Jason talks about his research in the sub-genre of wine manga and the Japanese fascination with French wine, as well as giving us a window onto some ...
  • Grey dawn or the twilight years? Let’s talk about growing old Kate Burridge, Monash University and Réka Benczes, Monash University The most recent National Press Club forum on aged care has once again put the spotlight on the “longevity revolution” and attitudes towards Australia’s ageing population. Australia as a ‘youthful’ society The word ageism – “prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of a person’s age” – made its first ...
  • Slanguage and ‘dinky di’ Aussie talk in elections Howard Manns, Monash University Co-written with Kate Burridge Bill Shorten’s been telling us he wants to give Australians a “fair go”. Malcolm Turnbull has decried Labor for an “assault on the Australian spirit”. Of course, they’re not the first pollies to drag the Australian spirit and Aussie talk into the dirty business of campaigning. But why do they ...
  • Hustings and human speech (failings) in a 24/7 campaign Kate Burridge, Monash University Co-authored with Howard Manns Lengthy elections grow tedious for everyone and, in the 24/7 media cycle, nerves and performances fray. Yet how many of us would really stand up to such intense and prolonged linguistic scrutiny, especially in this all-digital-all-the-time age of social media and news services that never sleep? We thought it’d be a ...
  • The vaudeville, impact and substance of political name-calling Howard Manns, Monash University Scott Morrison would have us think politics is more war than performance whereas names like ScoMo tell us quite the opposite. When pollies, in the words of Paul Keating, “turn the switch to vaudeville”, we like nothing more than to slap names on our political heroes and villains, and to sit bemused ...
  • The ‘wells’, ‘looks’ and vibe of Australian debating: language to look for on Sunday Howard Manns, Monash University I would never claim to be a suppository of wisdom but speaking off script can get a pollie into trouble. And, well, look, shit happens in debates. This means it’s worth flagging some differences in the way in which pollies and parties debate and some language strategies to look for on Sunday. Party differences ...
  • Monash Chinese Studies students win first and second places in language competition Two of Chinese Studies’ students, Sean Hyatt and Tristan McCarthy, recently won the first and second places respectively at the 15th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Language Proficiency Competition for Foreign University Students.
  • Good political slogans and this year’s, meh, yawn, failings Howard Manns, Monash University, (Co-written with Kate Burridge) One of this piece’s authors (Howard Manns), a migrant, obviously struggles with English and literacy issues. He thanks his lucky stars that pollies speak to him in simple, three-word slogans. But what makes for a good slogan? Good political slogans have a slathering of ideology, a dash of linguistics ...
  • Monash in Focus: Kate Brabon, Vogel’s Award winner Monash in Focus recently featured Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award winner Kate Brabon. Kate is a PhD candidate at Monash, in the Creative Writing program. Her novel, The Memory Artist, is now published by Allen and Unwin.  Read our full interview with Kate on The Memory Artist, her studies and her plans for the future.  Find out more: Creative Writing ...
  • The linguistic dirt on that dirty little word tax By Kate Burridge and Howard Manns The word tax (and words derived from it like taxable, taxpayer etc) loomed large in Scott Morrison’s budget speech – 79 mentions in fact. Tax figured less prominently in Labor’s reply (27 mentions) – but, mind you, Malcolm tells us this is because Labor is hiding its tax plan. Such is ...
  • From donkey votes to dog whistles, our election language has a long and political history Kate Burridge, Monash University and Howard Manns, Monash University We now know that July 2 will be the day when our politicians, in the words of Alfred Deakin, get dragged from the tart-shop screaming. We’ll do our part to fill in the lengthy election coverage by looking at language and polly-talk. We’ll cast a close eye on ...
  • A ‘new’ approach to communicating – oh, and jobs and growth – to be found in Budget 2016 Kate Burridge, Monash University and Howard Manns, Monash University On budget night, Scott Morrison and the Coalition whipped out their little sack for the nation. “Budget”, you see, derives from the Old French bougette “little leather sack”. Let’s review the language of these little sacks, and see how this year’s budget language measures up against past trends. A ...
  • Vogel’s Literary Award for PhD candidate Kate Brabon Earlier this week, Kate Brabon was announced as the winner of the 2016 Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award. Her book, The Memory Artist, is published by Allen and Unwin. We chatted with Kate about how she came to write this award-winning novel and what this means for her as a writer and an aspiring academic. Kate Brabon seems genuinely ...
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