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  • September 24, 2012
  • 07:44 PM

Language test masquerading as literacy and numeracy test

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Last week, the results of the 2012 National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) were published. As has been the case since NAPLAN was first introduced in Australia in 2008, the Northern Territory (NT) has, once again, underperformed dramatically. … Continue reading →... Read more »

Gillian Wigglesworth, Jane Simpson, & Deborah Loakes. (2011) NAPLAN LANGUAGE ASSESSMENTS FOR INDIGENOUS CHILDREN IN REMOTE COMMUNITIES: ISSUES AND PROBLEMS. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 34(3), 320-343. info:/

  • August 26, 2012
  • 08:53 PM

Illegitimate English

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

The other day I watched a show about global textile production. How fair is fashion? by British educational media producer Pumpkin TV is an excellent resource explaining the circuits of cheap clothing for consumers in the global North, huge profits … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • August 20, 2012
  • 04:15 AM

Postnatal depression and language proficiency

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Last week I was interviewed for a publication intended to showcase the achievements of women in research. When the interviewer, Meryl Hancock, asked me about the biggest challenge I had faced in my career, I answered “motherhood’ without any hesitation. … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • August 14, 2012
  • 08:27 PM

Rising multicultural middle class

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

In response to my blog post about the disparity between educational qualifications and employment outcomes faced by select country of origin groups in Australia, Val Colic-Peisker reminded me that there is also a more optimistic way of looking at the … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • August 10, 2012
  • 12:39 AM

Human capital on the move

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

The labour market integration of migrants presents a persistent conundrum. The Australian story – as that of other migrant destinations – is largely told as a success story: the skilled migration program with its focus on bringing human capital into … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • July 24, 2012
  • 02:22 AM

Home is where I’m alienated*

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

To be transnational has become rather fashionable: never before in human history have so many people been on the move, airfares have never been so cheap, new communication technologies have never been so, well, new, and space and time have … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • June 26, 2012
  • 07:50 PM

Shopping while bilingual can make you sick

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

I’ve just found an e-mail from Apple in my spam folder with a ‘personal’ invitation to attend one of their new store openings in Sydney. I’m not going for two reasons: first, Apple has not yet done anything to improve … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • June 24, 2012
  • 09:46 PM

Some bilingualisms are more equal than others

by Sara Blažić in Language on the Move

Bilingualism has been a media darling of late, and considering the intense focus of the current scientific community on bilingual brains and the breakneck speed with which globalized societies interact, it’s no surprise. The results of neurological and psychological research … Continue reading →... Read more »

Poulin-Dubois D, Blaye A, Coutya J, & Bialystok E. (2011) The effects of bilingualism on toddlers' executive functioning. Journal of experimental child psychology, 108(3), 567-79. PMID: 21122877  

  • June 3, 2012
  • 06:40 PM

Gay men, English and desire in Bangkok

by Shih-Wei Cheng in Language on the Move

I have recently begun working on my MA thesis on sexuality and second language learning at the Graduate School of English, Assumption University of Thailand, under the supervision of Kimie Takahashi. She has encouraged me to share my experience in … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • May 21, 2012
  • 09:41 PM

What would you do?

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Caroline Tennant Kelly with two of her photos from the Cherbourg Aboriginal Settlement (Source: Sydney Morning Herald at In 1924 the first university Department of Anthropology in Australia was founded at the University of Sydney. The founding professor was … Continue reading →... Read more »

Kidd, Rosalind. (1997) The Way We Civilise: Aboriginal Affairs - the untold story. University of Queensland Press. info:/

  • May 14, 2012
  • 09:19 PM

Is bilingualism impolite?

by Hanna Torsh in Language on the Move

I’m chatting in English to a medical student from Germany who is visiting Sydney, Australia, and we’ve already talked about how I lived in Germany for a while and speak German. In the middle of a chat about which part … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • April 27, 2012
  • 09:49 AM

Yiman does not have a word for ‘massacre’

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Memorial to Yiman leader Bilba at Wallumbilla (Source: Goodbye Bussamarai) On October 27, 1857, a group of Aboriginal Australians, members of a group known as Yiman carried out a massacre: they attacked Hornet Bank Station, a newly-established large sheep run … Continue reading →... Read more »

Reid, Gordon. (1982) A Nest of Hornets: The Massacre of the Fraser Family at Hornet Bank Station, Central Queensland, 1857, and Related Events. Melbourne: Oxford University Press. info:/

  • April 20, 2012
  • 05:12 AM

Globalisation and nationalism

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Many things have changed in Australia since I first came here in the mid-1990s. One of these is a noticeable increase in displays of national ardour: for instance, there is the ever-expanding flag-waving and display of the national colours on … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • March 26, 2012
  • 08:03 AM

English belongs to everyone?

by Christof Demont-Heinrich in Language on the Move

The claim that “English belongs to everyone who uses it” has continued to gain more and more cultural cache, at least in global (English) academic circles. On the surface, the claim that “English belongs to everyone who uses it” makes … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • March 7, 2012
  • 05:17 AM

Strange academic women

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

We are marking International Women’s Day here on Language-on-the-Move with a portrait of Cezaria Baudouin de Courtenay Ehrenkreutz Jędrzejewiczowa, the first female Chair Professor of Anthropology at Warsaw University and, possibly, anywhere else in the world. Like many successful women … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • February 27, 2012
  • 01:19 AM

The sociolinguistics of nail care

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Have you recently had a manicure or a pedicure? I haven’t. In fact, I’ve never been to a nail salon in my life. Until about a decade ago that would not have been unusual among my friends and acquaintances. Today, … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • February 20, 2012
  • 02:11 AM

Bilingualism: Bane or Boon?

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Hungarians in Romania Up until a few decades ago, the academic consensus – along with public opinion – was that bilingualism is detrimental to the individual and society. Nowadays, that has all changed and the new consensus is that bilingualism … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • February 14, 2012
  • 06:23 PM

Language shift and phone sex

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Ever since I left my native village in the Bavarian Forest more than 25 years ago, I have been returning for regular, even if infrequent, visits. Over the years, there have been many changes and two of them have been … Continue reading →... Read more »

Lucht, F., Frey, B., & Salmons, J. (2011) A Tale of Three Cities: Urban-Rural Asymmetries in Language Shift?. Journal of Germanic Linguistics, 23(04), 347-374. DOI: 10.1017/S1470542711000195  

  • November 25, 2011
  • 12:07 AM

Language costs

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

USD 254,000: that is the cost of raising two children bilingually in English and German in Denver, Colorado. That’s a lot of money, and inspired me to do some number-crunching of my own. To begin with, it’s a reminder that … Continue reading →... Read more »

Phillipson, R. (2008) THE LINGUISTIC IMPERIALISM OF NEOLIBERAL EMPIRE . Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 5(1), 1-43. DOI: 10.1080/15427580701696886  

  • November 3, 2011
  • 09:25 PM

Learn English, Make Friends!

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

How to make English-speaking friends is one of the perennial hot topics for new overseas students and new migrants. Advice on how to make “native” friends circulates like an underground currency: “Move in with English-speaking flat-mates!” “Avoid co-ethnics!” “Watch footy … Continue reading →... Read more »

Ryan, Louise. (2011) Migrants' social networks and weak ties: accessing resources and constructing relationships post‐migration. The Sociological Review, 59(4), 707-724. info:/10.1111/j.1467-954X.2011.02030.x

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