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Melbourne Linguistics in the Pub, 25 March 2015

Shape, University of Melbourne

Date: 25 March 2015

Topic: Has the study of Australian languages been at the expense of work on Australian English variation?

Discussion led by Prof. Miriam Meyerhoff, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)

On 25 March, linguists convened at the Naughton's Hotel in Parkville Melbourne to discuss the neglect of Australian English variation as a research focus. 

Miriam Meyerhoff made the case that Australian linguists are world renown for their work on the description and documentation of indigenous languages but that so little descriptive work seems to be being done on dialects of Australian English compared to the study of English variation in other places. Can it really be true that Masterchef Australia has more to contribute to the analysis and documentation of Australian English than Australian linguistics does?

Vigorous yarning ensued over refreshing Germaine Greers at one of Melbourne's most notorious rub-a-dub-dubs.

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