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❶The progress of this change through the lexicon and through the speech community would make an interesting topic for investigation.

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Interpreters' notes are used as a short-term memory aid, not a full record of a discussion. Concerns about non-English-speaking migrant populations leading to "parallel communities" are not well founded. Third-generation migrants are typically monolingual in English. Viewers are taking to Twitter to display their prejudice about Islanders' accents. An unspoken class war has long been waged around the pronounciation of the letter "h" - is it haitch or aitch? Despite a snobbish leaning to the latter, haitch makes more sense.

The short answer is that the accent you have depends on the people you grew up with and the history of the place that you live in. I analysed 15 million words written by major oil companies and found their usage of 'climate change' peaked a decade ago.

There have been many theories that try to explain where language came from. Past studies have always identified affixation as way out front, but new words that have been flooding into the language recently suggest this may be no longer the case.

There has for example been a marked rise in blends — how do these differ from earlier blended forms such as motel and brunch? Spelling reformI think questions to do with spelling reform would make for some fascinating topics — What should we reform?

Recent reforms that have taken place elsewhere? Grammatical changeOne of the many puzzling aspects of English grammar is the business of collective nouns and what to do with agreement — the government are in a tricky position or the public are united on this versus the government is in a tricky position and the public is united on this? American and British usage is divided here. British speakers are much more likely to go for the plural option. Americans go more for the singular option.

What do Australian speakers do? Where is the language heading or is the variation semantically determined?

Grammatical changeABC listener, Arthur of Evatt, posed an interesting question of current English usage that concerns sentences such as There is still grave fears.

Certainly traditional grammar would argue that the phrase grave fears is the subject. So why do speakers appear to be violating a fundamental rule of English grammar? Why are they saying, and indeed also writing, things like there is still grave fears? This is a change underway that could be investigated, especially with respect to how it fits in with changes that have already taken place to word order patterns in English.

Grammatical changeTypical adjectives are gradable and take part in a three-term system — something is tasty, tastier or tastiest. Not all adjectives take these endings and the group is becoming smaller.

More sneaky diffusion — a change that could be investigated easily by examining written material and devising a questionnaire. Also it should be looked at within the wider picture of changes that have been taking place in English over the past thousand years — the unrelenting erosion of inflections and their replacement with free-standing forms.

Euphemism and language changeThe contribution of euphemism and taboo to language change — not just in English, but across languages. Topics that are subject to linguistic taboos and how these have changed over time. Alice Gaby Topics concerning Australian Aboriginal languages, linguistic typology and the relationship between language, culture and cognition. Time and spaceHow do people around the world talk about time? What kinds of metaphors do they invoke?

Speakers of English and other well-described languages primarily draw on spatial metaphors saying that the past is behind us, or looking forward to the weeks ahead , but there is evidence that this is not universal.

Honours projects relating to this topic might focus on: Morphological typologyMany languages use verbal affixes to add or subtract an argument e.

Some languages, however, appear to have affixes that fix verbal valence to a particular number of arguments. Perfect particles in Kuuk Thaayorre, Kugu Nganhcara and Wik MungkanThe above Australian languages possess a number of cognate particles and verbal inflections which encode aspectual categories.

The puzzle is to work out exactly what these particles and verb suffixes mean individually, how they may be combined, as well as their etymology. Honours projects could concentrate on the semantics of polysemy, the grammar of how aspect is encoded constructionally across both verb and particles , or the diachronic picture of how these forms diverged and grammaticalized. Emotion and the bodyHow do various speech communities describe emotions?

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