The many voices of the North
University of Melbourne research explores the multilingualism of indigenous languages in remote communities in north Australia bound up in custom and tradition
‘Like’ has totally evolved to become, like, a legit word
The word "like" may be frowned on, but University of Melbourne research finds young women lead the way in how languages and grammar evolve, and it's, like, fine
Words and war: The role of the linguist in conflict resolution
Language can divide, but it is also key to uniting people. Professor Jo Lo Bianco from the University of Melbourne works in conflict zones, including Myanmar.
Australia’s ‘spectacular’ failure in languages
A University of Melbourne expert says more students need to learn a second language to keep up in a rapidly globalising world.
Islands of language enter virtual reality
A University of Melbourne linguist and other language researchers are making archives of endangered languages accessible as virtual reality.
Using education to create cohesion from conflict
Professor Joseph Lo Bianco learned at a young age how language could divide communities. He now uses it to help opposing sides in conflicts find common ground.
Preserving precious Indigenous languages
Linguists are using new technology to return decades-old recordings of now near-extinct languages to the Indigenous communities where they were made.
How small talk can lead to big things
Casual conversations between friends provide valuable tools for researchers, offering a rich opportunity to study how language structures deliver social action.