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  • Professor John Hajek

    Discipline Chair of Languages, School of Languages and Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne

  1. 3 January 2020 - Humanities

    I don’t think that word means what you think it means

    Words change their meaning over time. But some words can evolve to mean the opposite of their original definition say University of Melbourne researchers.

  2. 27 December 2018 - Music, Arts & Screen

    The power of the pun

    Love them or hate them, puns are here to stay. University of Melbourne experts explore what is it about the pun that makes them so persistent.

  3. 12 December 2018 - Go Figure

    Why are Australians linguistically lost?

    Formal teaching of English grammar was taken off the Australian curriculum in the 60s; but it's back and University of Melbourne experts say it's a great thing.

  4. 1 March 2018 - Public Affairs

    Will Berlusconi make a comeback in Italy? It’s anybody’s guess

    Italians are voting to elect a new government and a new prime minister; a University of Melbourne expert finds it's a very unpredictable political contest.

  5. 6 September 2017 - Go Figure

    Why doesn’t modern Australia have diverse regional accents?

    University of Melbourne experts discuss why the Australian-English accent doesn't have huge the regional variations other countries around the world do.

  6. 16 May 2016 - Humanities

    Eurovision skyrockets into orbit with Timberlake

    Eurovision's knack for capturing the zeitgeist is paying off amid Swedish savviness and now raw US star power that is taking it into the global mainstream

  7. 23 September 2015 - Humanities

    Visions of Eurovision

    The Eurovision Song Contest is more than a musical spectacular - it's a way of learning about Europe.