Word for Word #42 The 50 words project

Oct 19, 2021

In this episode of Word for Word, Melissa Kemble and Alison Moore interview Professor Rachel Nordlinger and Associate Professor Nick Thieberger, two linguists from the University of Melbourne about the 50 Words Project, which aims to provide a selection of 50 words in every Indigenous language of Australia. 

Join us as we explore our language: the ways we use it, the ways we abuse it, and the ways we ultimately change it. 

You can also explore the 'additional links' and definitions below to learn more about our favourite swear words. 

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Words & Definitions

Macquarie Dictionary definitions from this episode:

Additional Links

Read more about the topics and themes discussed:

The 50 Words Project

Loan words from Australian Languages

Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia: 2nd Edition

Macquarie Aboriginal Words: Datiwuy, Eastern Arrernte, Murrinh-Patha

Macquarie Aboriginal Words: Nyungar, Gooniyandi, Yindjibarndi

Word for Word #9 Australian Indigenous languages 

Word for Word #23 Noongar: the pulse of language



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