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28 Sep 20
💫10 secrets to #writing fabulous academic assignments ✨

A quick thread for #AppliedLinguistics #TESOL and #Literacies students @MQLinguistics, and anyone else who's sweating over an academic assignment
Secret #1: Figure out what you have to do!

What is the task? What are the expectations and requirements? Image
Secret #2: Plan your #time!

A #writing assignment consists of 5 steps: allocate time to each:
1 Planning
2 Orientation
3 Structuring
4 Drafting
5 Revision Image
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8 Sep 20
Happy #StarTrekDay! 🖖🏼🖖🏼🖖🏼

Here are our top #StarTrek #language and #communication fun facts 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 Image
#StarTrek #language and #communication fun fact:

#Klingon is an object-verb-subject language (instead of "Klingons cherish their honor" >>> "Their honor cherish Klingons") Image
#StarTrek #language and #communication fun fact:

"The #UniversalTranslator could never work. Discuss." makes a great essay topic for #Linguistics 101 students. Image
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4 Sep 20
****Linguistic diversity in a time of crisis****

Special issue of Multilingua addresses #language challenges of #COVID19 pandemic

Out now. All papers free access, thanks to publisher @dg_mouton

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Global public health #communication is characterized by the large-scale exclusion of linguistic minorities from timely high-quality #information #COVID19

What are the #language regimes behind these exclusions and what can sociolinguists do?

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#Translation is an important means of enabling access to #information in disaster response

How did volunteer translators in #Wuhan go about procuring medical supplies in the initial stages of the #Covid_19 emergency?

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24 Aug 20
In this thread 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼students of #Literacies unit @MQLinguistics @Macquarie_Uni share what they've learned so far (1st quarter of semester)

Favorite facts about #literacy

#Literacy is dynamic, continually developing and unfolds in new and unexpected ways. Learning the inception of #writing and its trajectory to the forms we use now has me excited to observe how literacy continues to develop in the future

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I particularly was surprised by the fact that early prints were made to be similar to handwriting, I thought that was quite genius idea! Also, I liked the fact that printed #books were given to the people whose main job was to decorate them! Image
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11 Aug 20
Do you think #English is a linguistic juggernaut?

You're right but spare a thought for the #Latin #alphabet - the greatest linguistic superpower of all times

More #languages and people use the #Latin #script than all other scripts combined The world's 15 largest #lan...
#Languages that use the #Latin script have official or co-official status in many countries around the world https://en.wikipedia.org/wi...
And the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals from 1968 ensures a prominent presence of the #Latin #alphabet in public spaces around the world Bilingual traffic signs on ...
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3 Aug 20
Listen up, boys and girls, because I'm going to tell you the story of the greatest inventors of all times: the inventors of #writing

Can you imagine a world without writing? No writing on screens, no writing on paper, no writing on stone, no writing on clay tables, nothing ... Image
To meet the inventors of #writing, we have to travel back in time a few thousand years to the first city states, such as Uruk, in what is today southern Iraq

Their newly emerging complex urban society needed a way to keep records of things like who had paid how much tax ImageImage
This clay tablet provides an example of early #writing to record economic information. This tablet most likely documents grain distributed by a large temple

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11 Jul 20
Did you know that Language-on-the-Move has an archive of posts related to #language and #racism?

Our #Top10 favorite posts about language and #race outside the USA, in the thread below 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼

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Can a universal concept of #Orientalism explain the diverse representation of non-Europeans by Europeans and the subsequent multiple forms of cultural engagement ranging from clashes to cooperation? @gegentuul

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While we have become increasingly vigilant with regard to #discrimination based on race, gender, sexuality or disability, #linguistic disadvantage is far more difficult to recognize

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7 Jul 20
To what degree is the person of the researcher in the #research? In our latest #RECLAS #ethics rant @HannaEK6 @uniofjyvaskyla reflects on researcher positionality

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This closes our mini series on #ResearchEthics in #AppliedLinguistics by researchers from the #RECLAS center at @uniofjyvaskyla

In previous post, @HondtSigurd explored the implications of #GDPR for #ethnography and data collection in public spaces

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In another #RECLAS #ethics rant, @tainasaarinen questioned whether #research funding decisions made on the basis of "societal impact" are ethical

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18 Jun 20
#Multilingua @dg_mouton is currently strengthening its focus on #LanguagePolicy. To this end, two experts on #language and #law have joined our editorial board: @Alex_Grey_ @SydneyLawSchool and @LauraSKh @UTSLaw

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They join editor Ingrid Piller @MQLinguistics and editorial board members @co_ol_e @sabinelittle @adamjaworski100 @nelsonlflores @LPetteri @Arabizi + other leading scholars to bring you the best interdisciplinary research on #LinguisticDiversity in #SocialLife Image
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11 Jun 20
As in the early 19th century, the nature of #knowledge itself is being transformed in fundamental ways in the early 21st century

3 key challenges of contemporary #research #communication 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼

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During #Humboldt’s time, scientific inquiry and rational thought became foundational to the constitution of #knowledge. Today, we see the relegation of #science to one opinion among many, in debates over matters
ranging from #ClimateChange to #Vaccination
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During #Humboldt’s time, challenge for researchers was to develop new channels through which to communicate #knowledge. Today, challenge is for researchers to make their voices heard in the noise of social media communications 👉🏼dangerous #infodemic

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11 Jun 20
Sharing knowledge in the spirit of #Humboldt: papers from last year's symposium @Macquarie_Uni now available in special issue open-access, Journal of Royal Society of NSW about challenges of #research #Communication @AvHStiftung

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Ingrid Piller @MQLinguistics reflects on #Humboldt’s legacy as a #research communicator and identifies
contemporary #challenges of research #communication, #dissemination, and #impact

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Gabrielle McMullen explores #Humboldt's
achievements and impact as explorer, scientist and author, on the occasion of his 250th birthday

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6 Jun 20
Weekend readings on #language aspects of the #COVIDー19 pandemic from Australia, China, Germany, Mexico, Qatar, and South Africa

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What are the challenges faced by new arrival students who are still #learning the #language of their new home during the #COVIDー19 school closures? by @Barakos_E and @simone_carolin @unihh

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30 Apr 20
Do you also notice that social sciences and humanities knowledge is largely absent from #COVID__19 response?

In this free open access pamphlet 12 global thinkers reflect on the crisis degruyter.com/fileasset/craf…

#migration #language #history #inequality #tourism #globalization Image
Historian Bryan Turner asks how #COVID19 will define our generation

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Linguist Ingrid Piller argues that #COVID19 is changing approaches to societal #multilingualism and social #justice

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2 Apr 20
#Language inequality during #COVID

"It takes 10 minutes of sitting on the phone to get an #interpreter, and that’s valuable time when you’re inundated. So this utilitarian calculus kicks in. And the patients that are most mainstream get the best care.”

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Worthwhile to compare Chinese and US responses to #Covid_19 crisis on many levels, including the provision of #language services

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For further #linguistic and #communication perspectives on the #COVID crisis, see languageonthemove.com/tag/covid-19/
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16 Mar 20
Dear #sociolinguists, with everyone feeling overwhelmed by #COVIDー19 do what you do best and make a research contribution!

CfP for special issue of #Multilingua @dg_mouton: Linguistic diversity and public health: sociolinguistic perspectives on COVID-19

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The above is on top of ongoing call for research blogposts related to #language challenges raised by #Coronavirus epidemic on languageonthemove.com

#multilingualism #InterculturalCommunication #LinguisticLandscape #LanguagePolicy #LinguisticDiversity #AccessibleCommunication
Please consider contributing to Multilingua special issue "Linguistic diversity and public health #communication: #sociolinguistic perspectives on #COVIDー19" and help us spread the word! Please share among your networks. PDFs for email sharing here: languageonthemove.com/linguistic-div… Image
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8 Mar 20
The Language-on-the-Move #InternationalWomensDay2020 post asks why there are so few female full professors in #highered

Check out our previous #IWD posts, too 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻
Why are there so few notable academic women?
Hint: women high achievers are much more likely to be ignored
#WomensDay

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And why do female academics publish less than their male peers?
Hint: they are held to higher standards
#GenderProductivityGap #IWD2020

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9 Jan 20
The #Language-on-the-Move #ReadingChallenge2020 is now out. If you don't have time to hop over to its page, find the #ReadingChallenge below in a series of 10 quick tweets

@MQLinguistics

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February #ReadingChallenge2020: a book about the #ClimateEmergency - not strictly about #language but it's impossible to do #linguistics when your house is on fire

@NaomiAKlein, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, or #ONFIRE ImageImage
March #ReadingChallenge2020: a novel providing an #Indigenous perspective and some #languagelearning opportunities

Melissa Lucashenko, #Mullumbimby, or Too Much Lip ImageImage
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23 Dec 19
Holiday treat for #language nerds:

5-part podcast about #multilingualism in #Australia on @RadioNational produced by @birdpham and @masakofukuisyd

👇🏼Quick episode-by-episode summary below 👇🏼

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In Episode 1, you will learn about the global #language hierarchy, and discover why a #multilingual person may not be able to say "take a shower" in all their #languages

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In Episode 2, you can listen to a cute little girl refusing to call her mother #Vietnamese "mẹ" and opting for #English "mummy" instead

And @HannaTorsh explains why #bilingual #parenting is a #feminist issue

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16 Dec 19
***On the conditions of authority in academic publics***

This thread 👇🏼 summarizes recent article by Ingrid Piller in Journal of #Sociolinguistics for the busy reader

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Q: What makes a #text credible, trustworthy and authoritative?

Many people think it's the quality of #discourse: that some ways of using #language make text more believable

Certainly true BUT: world leaders may talk complete nonsense and still command authority and get elected ImageImage
That is because "#authority comes to #language from outside” (Bourdieu, 1991, p. 109) Image
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15 Nov 19
We had a lot of fun selecting the menu for the conference dinner for #Humboldt Symposium @Macquarie_Uni next weekend

Priced so that ECRs can attend, too, we are looking forward to having a great time at Curzon Hall

If you can't attend, we'll tweet photos #AvHMQ ☺️ Image
The German Consul General Peter Silberberg @GermanyInOz will present the Awards of the Australian and New Zealand Associations of von #Humboldt Fellows @AvHStiftung #AvHMQ
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9 Oct 19
What are your favorite blog posts from the first ten years of Language-on-the-Move?

The following posts are the top 10 most commented on posts:
#1 most commented on post: #Literacy, the #power code

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#2 most commented on post: Are #Aboriginal #languages really useless in the #workplace?

Hint: no, they are not, once you adjust your perspective ...

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