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  1. 16 December 2020 - Health & Wellbeing

    Vocal fry: What is it and why does it still polarise listeners?

    Whether you love, hate or are ambivalent about vocal fry, University of Melbourne linguists and voice experts can explain its origins and place in society

  2. 4 December 2020 - Humanities

    Who is nature?

    A new film taps into virtual reality and First Nations wisdom to re-conceive Nature as a “who” requiring give and take, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  3. 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.

  4. 5 November 2019 - Humanities

    How do you crack the code to a lost ancient script?

    Linear A, the script of one of the earliest European civilisations, the Minoans, is still undeciphered but a University of Melbourne expert is finding new clues

  5. 19 October 2017 - Humanities

    ‘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

  6. Podcast22 September 2017 - Eavesdrop on Experts

    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.

  7. 19 October 2016 - Humanities

    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.

  8. 5 November 2015 - Humanities

    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.