School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics

  • Insults, offence and words that wound: why language needs to be handled with care cropped-headshotHoward 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 ua-logo-2013Honours 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 34-320x180All 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 Sean at the finals 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 nasya-photoMonash 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 jason-jones-220Dr 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 Untitled-4Kate 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 MannsHoward 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 BurridgeKate 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 MannsHoward 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 MannsHoward 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 Tristan-McCarthy-Sean-Hyatt-Chinese-BridgeTwo 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 MannsHoward 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 Kate BrabonMonash 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 MannsBurridgeBy 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 MannsBurridgeKate 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 MannsBurridgeKate 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 the-memory-artist-featureEarlier 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 ...
  • Place and Character: Monash Prize judge Mridula Chakraborty on what she loves to see in new literature Authors with Literary Commons project organiser Mridula Chakraborty in MelbourneWe recently chatted to Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing judge (and Monash academic) Mridula Chakraborty about what she loves to see in literature, her current reads and what she’s working on at the moment. The Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing is run in collaboration with the Emerging Writers’ Festival. The 2016 prize is open ...
  • Literary Commons brings inter-cultural Indigenous writing to Melbourne Literay-Commons-finalLiterary Commons plays on the idea of ‘commons’, the space where communities and cultures share creatively. The Literary Commons project brings this to life in a long-term project, convened by Monash’s Mridula Chakraborty, which fosters literary exchange between Dalit and tribal writers and Indigenous Australian writers. This weekend, The Melbourne City Library at The Dock will host ...
  • Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing now open EWF16_Monash_Creative_Screen_1920x1080 (1)Monash Arts, in collaboration with the Emerging Writers’ Festival, is proud to present the Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing, a prestigious prize for emerging literary voices. Now in its fifth year, the Prize is a significant literary award for new and emerging writers. The prize is open to both Australian and New Zealand university students, enrolled in ...
  • Three MITS students undertake an internship with international organisation ACAP Monash students Elodie Genin, Paula Aparicio Bravo and Janneth Santafe Sanchez with ACAP Executive Secretary Marco Favero.Three students from the Master of Translation and Interpreting Studies have recently completed a one-week internship within the headquarters of the Hobart-based ACAP, the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels. The three official working languages of this international organisation are English, French and Spanish, and the internship was an opportunity for the students to ...
  • Andrew Milner Guest of Honour at Science Fiction Research Association international conference LOCATING SF-COVERAndrew Milner, Emeritus Professor of English and Comparative Literature in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, will be Guest of Honour at the 2016 international conference of the Science Fiction Research Association, to be held at the University of Liverpool in the UK on 27-30 June. He will give a plenary address on the ...
  • Rikki Campbell, Master of Applied Linguistics graduate Rikki-campbell-adj Applied Linguistics is the study of how language is used and learned, and Monash graduate, Rikki Campbell, has always been fascinated by the possibilities in this field. We caught up with Rikki to talk about her Masters degree experiences, and what led her to exploring the value of exchange program study in language learning, and ultimately to her current ...
  • Professor Rita Wilson elected at the Executive Council of international translation body 66314_125529387501525_12841_n (1)Congratulations to Professor Rita Wilson, Head of School of LLCL, who has just been elected at the Executive Council of IATIS, the International Association of Translation and Intercultural Studies. The IATIS is a world-wide forum designed to enable scholars from different regional and disciplinary backgrounds to debate issues pertinent to translation and other forms of intercultural ...
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