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A Word in Your Ear

Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex walks you through the linguistic mindfield, explaining the weird and wonderful aspects of English and many other languages.
A Word in Your Ear

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Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex walks you through the linguistic mindfield, explaining the weird and wonderful aspects of English and many other languages.

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Episodes

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Nov 30, 2019 31:38

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Why and which Americanisms have crept into every day use in Australian English?

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Nov 23, 2019 33:32

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When it comes to pronunciation, what is standard, who decides, and how much variation is acceptable? Allow Professor Roly Sussex to explain.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Nov 9, 2019 22:28

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Vow and Declare - A Melbourne Cup winner and the subject matter with Roly Sussex this week as we talk doublets

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Nov 2, 2019 27:22

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Can language exist without culture? No jokes about it - Professor Roly Sussex talks ‘Globish'

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Oct 26, 2019 31:42

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Giddy Up! Professor Roly Sussex isn't horsing around in another escapade of equine expressions

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Oct 19, 2019 30:38

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Is it blowing a gale? Or raining cats and dogs? It's quite the heated subject - we're talking weather with Professor Roly Sussex

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Oct 12, 2019 24:23

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As we move from football to the racing season, Professor Roly Sussex is going hell for leather with equine expressions.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Sep 21, 2019 32:08

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Professor Roly Sussex is joined by a special guest, Professor Tor Hundloe, to talk about the language of economics.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Sep 14, 2019 25:10

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Professor Roly Sussex is trawling for examples of where one word has lots of different meanings.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Aug 31, 2019 29:01

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Professor Roly Sussex is chatting about why jargon's necessary and appropriate in its in-house context, but why it can be vile elsewhere.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Aug 24, 2019 26:55

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Professor Roly Sussex is chatting about words which should be struck from the English language.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Aug 17, 2019 28:02

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Where should we put the stress on words with more than one syllable? Professor Roly Sussex settles a few arguments.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Jul 27, 2019 24:59

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Professor Roly Sussex is chatting about why some places are spelt and pronounced differently in different langauges.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Jul 20, 2019 21:20

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Professor Roly Sussex has been in the Czech Republic and is chatting about English words of Slavic origin.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Jul 13, 2019 23:05

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Why is Latin perfect for romantic scholars? Allow Professor Roly Sussex to explain.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Jul 6, 2019 30:45

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Sushi, wasabi, and tofu. Professor Roly Sussex is chatting about the Japanese words we use in everyday English.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Jun 22, 2019 26:26

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Going forward, Professor Roly Sussex hopes you'll take some learnings from his chat about business jargon.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Jun 15, 2019 28:54

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Using titles is one way of emphasising courtesy but, argues Professor Roly Sussex, it is declining fast in contemporary Australia.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Jun 8, 2019 24:20

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Tackling the age-old debate about how to pronounce maroon.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Jun 1, 2019 25:32

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Who owns the word 'football' and why? Professor Roly Sussex explains.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

May 18, 2019 27:37

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Politicians have been egged during the election campaign. With an egg. Clearly, argues Professor Roly Sussex, this is an ill-eggal act.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

May 11, 2019 24:09

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A lot of people don't agree with the use of the word 'get' but, as Professor Roly Sussex argues, 'get' is the third most common verb in English, and there are hundreds of uses and combinations.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

May 4, 2019 28:54

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Professor Roly Sussex is talking about nouns, verbs and adjectives as well as political expressions and taking calls from listeners.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Apr 27, 2019 28:28

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A hedge is a word when you hedge on committing: a 'possibly' dangerous purchase. A booster is a word which intensifies something: a 'really' dangerous purchase. Professor Roly Sussex explains.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Apr 13, 2019 29:42

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Ballot, poll, vote, candidate, constituent and constituency: Professor Roly Sussex is getting to grips with the upcoming election.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Apr 6, 2019 25:33

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North American spellings, words and pronunciations are increasingly used in Australia. Professor Roly Sussex explains why.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Mar 30, 2019 27:47

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In the early days of the ABC, people listened to the BBC and what was called Received Pronunciation; anything less was regarded as debased or undesirable. But, says Professor Roly Sussex, nowadays the norms of Australian English are multiple and often variable.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Mar 9, 2019 26:10

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Professor Roly Sussex is chatting with listeners about common mispronunciations and grammatical errors.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Mar 2, 2019 26:38

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Professor Roly Sussex is chatting about the way certain words are pronounced in Australian English.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Feb 23, 2019 29:17

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A stitch in time saves nine is all Greek to me. Professor Roly Sussex is chatting about popular sayings, similes, proverbs and euphemisms.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Feb 16, 2019 27:28

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What's the most polite way to greet a group of people? Professor Roly Sussex has a definite opinion on this one!

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Feb 9, 2019 28:52

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Is first responder an Americanism or is it coming from the services themselves? Professor Roly Sussex explains.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Feb 2, 2019 26:33

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The Word Of The Year is proposed by various dictionaries and institutions in different countries. Professor Roly Sussex explains.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Dec 15, 2018 22:56

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What have knickers to do with knickerbockers? Allow Professor Roly Sussex to explain.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Dec 8, 2018 25:00

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Will idioms involving meat, dairy products and animal be lost from the English language as veganism causes people to eschew such phrases as 'bringing home the bacon'?

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Dec 1, 2018 25:56

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Professor Roly Sussex is on a bit of a sticky wicket when it comes to talking cricket expressions.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Nov 24, 2018 30:32

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Professor Roly Sussex is chatting with listeners about weasel words and management jargon.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Nov 17, 2018 32:31

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Phrasal verbs in English consist of a single verb, usually short and common, followed by an adverb or a preposition. But how do you use them correctly? Professor Roly Sussex explains.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Nov 10, 2018 25:56

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Professor Roly Sussex is in Macau this week, but he's managed to find a studio to chat with his listeners and answer your questions.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Nov 3, 2018 25:52

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Professor Roly Sussex is talking about how we greet people, especially in speech but also in writing.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Oct 20, 2018 25:53

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We are taught at school to avoid 'get' and to find something longer and more elegant, but Professor Roly Sussex says we can't get by without it.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Oct 13, 2018 24:46

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Professor Roly Sussex is talking about why we pronounce words the way we do.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Oct 6, 2018 25:07

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Professor Roly Sussex is chatting about words which sound the same but which have different spellings and often carry quite different meanings.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Sep 29, 2018 30:19

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Professor Roly Sussex has great fun talking to listeners about their favourite sports expressions.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Sep 15, 2018 23:58

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Professor Roly Sussex is chatting with listeners about their favourite tongue twisters.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Sep 8, 2018 24:49

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Professor Roly Sussex has great fun talking to listeners about their favourite Aussie expressions.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Aug 25, 2018 26:48

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One of the quickest ways to increase your word power is to learn some prefixes and roots, and different ways of combining them.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Aug 18, 2018 26:18

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There are more than a few Australian place names which have more than one pronunciation, but how do you pronounce Cairns?

A Word In Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Aug 11, 2018 25:29

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Why isn't Bangkok the proper name of that city, what is its actual name, and what's its connection with Los Angeles?

A Word In Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Jul 28, 2018 28:25

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Do you moan when you say ceremony? Professor Roly Sussex is talking about words with alternative pronunciations.

A Word In Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Jul 21, 2018 26:51

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Not only are there names which can be used for either gender, but they sometimes have different spellings and diminutives are often the same even when the names differ.

A Word In Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Jul 14, 2018 28:03

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Professor Roly Sussex is chatting about the many words and expressions for cold.

A Word In Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Jun 30, 2018 29:22

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Professor Roly Sussex is talking about the use of the word 'hood' and taking calls from listeners.

A Word In Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Jun 23, 2018 26:51

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Professor Roly Sussex is chatting about the mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one.

A Word In Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Jun 9, 2018 27:29

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Professor Roly Sussex is discussing the sounds of language we use to symbolise various things in the real world.

A Word In Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Jun 2, 2018 28:40

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Professor Roly Sussex declares he's delighted by dachshunds ... and the German origin of their name.

A Word In Your Ear with Roly Sussex

May 26, 2018 26:33

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There's a tsunami of Japanese words in English. Professor Roly Sussex explains.

A Word In Your Ear with Roly Sussex

May 19, 2018 26:27

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Professor Roly Sussex is back from a trip to New Zealand and is chatting about Kiwi English, its pronunciation, vocabulary, and phraseology.

A Word In Your Ear with Roly Sussex

May 19, 2018 26:27

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Professor Roly Sussex is back from a trip to New Zealand and is chatting about Kiwi English, its pronunciation, vocabulary, and phraseology.

A Word In Your Ear with Roly Sussex

May 5, 2018 29:57

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We have to learn many collocations by memory and practice because, as Professor Roly Sussex explains, a lot of them are not predictable.

A Word In Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Apr 28, 2018 25:55

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Professor Roly Sussex from the University of Queensland is joined by military historian Major Ross Eastgate OAM to chat about various aspects of the military use of language.

A Word In Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Apr 14, 2018 25:15

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Professor Roly Sussex from the University of Queensland discusses the dreaded apostrophe and its three roles in the English language.

A Word In Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Apr 7, 2018 28:30

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Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex from the University of Queensland discusses the wonderful and odd aspects of English and many other languages.

A Word In Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Mar 31, 2018 27:33

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Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex is talking about Easter and answering questions from his fans and listeners.

A Word In Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Mar 17, 2018 25:46

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Professor Roly Sussex is taking a Captain Cook at rhyming slang.

A Word In Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Mar 10, 2018 19:36

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Unlike most other languages, English doesn't have masculine and feminine versions of words ... or does it?

A Word In Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Mar 3, 2018 21:04

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Professor Roly Sussex is all over uber and chatting with Loretta Ryan.

A Word In Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Feb 24, 2018 24:37

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Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex is chatting with Loretta Ryan about using the dictionary.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Feb 17, 2018 24:05

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Professor Roly Sussex is talking about English language, pronunciation and expressions.

A Word In Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Feb 10, 2018 23:43

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Roly Sussex is talking about words on the edge of the English language.

A Word in Your Ear

Feb 3, 2018 24:46

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Roly Sussex is talking about words which appear to be vanishing from everyday use.

A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

Jan 27, 2018 23:39

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Roly Sussex rejoins ABC Local Radio for 2018.

A Word In Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Dec 7, 2017 34:20

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For the final Word In Your Ear for 2017, it's the language of disabilities and how that has changed.

A Word In Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Nov 30, 2017 25:32

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Beginning with strange words and odd expressions today, we then move onto the latest assault of Americanism upon our language.

A Word In Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Nov 16, 2017 37:14

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Today with Roly, more American influences on our language.

A Word In Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Nov 9, 2017 23:10

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Today with Roly - Echo Phrases, what they are and where they came from.

A Word In Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Nov 2, 2017 27:26

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What’s the difference between these words – cancer and Cancer, Hamlet and hamlet, Lent and lent? Don’t know? Well let Roly reveal all.

A Word In Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Oct 26, 2017 35:26

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The language of advertising and how are we manipulated by the words chosen to push a product.

A Word In Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Oct 5, 2017 24:45

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This week: take a trip down "Language Lane" with a few more of those annoying Americanisms that have made their way into our daily speech and a look back at the WooFTies - Roly's wonderful "Word For Today" series.

A Word In Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Sep 28, 2017 17:35

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Today with Roly, pairs of words that cause confusion, for instance: affect, effect - lay, lie - among, between - infer, imply.

A Word In Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Sep 21, 2017 22:08

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How many of us are guilty of the bad use of English language? See if you've used one or more of these phrases or expressions recently.

A Word In Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Sep 14, 2017 23:49

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This week: polysemy, from Greek many + sign. When a word develops new related meanings.

A Word In Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Sep 7, 2017 22:25

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With Roly today, homo-terms - homograph, written the same, pronounced differently, and homophone, written differently, pronounced the same.

A Word In Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Aug 31, 2017 25:22

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If English and Irish languages have the same origin, why aren’t more similarities between them? Today with Roly, it’s all about the Irish.

The Professor Roly Sussex Debate

Aug 29, 2017 01:01:35

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Roly Sussex has been with the ABC for two decades now, and to celebrate, a special debate was held in Roly’s honour.

A Word In Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Aug 24, 2017 46:16

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Today it's the language of Beer, and with Roly, award winning beer writer and passionate beer educator, Matt Kirkegaard from www.beermatt.com.

A Word In Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Aug 17, 2017 27:05

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Once more we look at Americanisms - today those that are now standard and mainstream in Australia.

A Word In Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Aug 10, 2017 26:05

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Today with Roly we talk about expressions like 'tough as nails' or 'as sweet as sugar' which are commonly used in the English language.

A Word In Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Aug 3, 2017 25:59

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Today's discussion topic - Italian words in English, especially in music and food.

A Word In Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Jul 27, 2017 24:52

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Today sports broadcasting and how it's changed over the years. For A Word In Your Ear Professor Roly Sussex is joined by ABC Grandstand's Quentin Hull.

A Word In Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Jul 20, 2017 24:24

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Words In Your Ear this week: German words and expressions in English, prompted by Uber.

A Word In Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Jul 13, 2017 25:04

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Today with Roly, taboos and euphemisms and how they have changed over the years.

A Word In Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Jul 6, 2017 26:28

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It's NAIDOC Week and Indigenous Languages Researcher at the State Library, Des Crumb joins Roly for today's special theme, "Our Languages Matter."

A Word in Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Jun 29, 2017 01:46

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Over the past few weeks, we've been looking at the structure of language and how it's changed over the years in Australia. Today it's the turn of our Prime Ministers.

A Word In Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Jun 22, 2017 26:10

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A Word In Your Ear continues our special series on the changing Australian accent with a focus, this time, on newsreaders and newsreading.

A Word in Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Jun 15, 2017 26:41

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Professor Roly Sussex is back for A Word In Your Ear. Today we're looking at the language of Australian children's shows over the years and how it has changed in form and structure.

A Word in Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

May 25, 2017 25:02

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Today, more on Americanisms and how far they have penetrated into our language.

A Word In Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

May 18, 2017 24:17

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Your favourite bugbear this afternoon - Americanisms. Language Professor Roly Sussex is having a "Word In Your Ear"

A Word in Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

May 4, 2017 26:59

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Investigating words and meanings, Roly Sussex is back to clarify and identify what's really going on in the world of the spoken word and sometimes even the written. It's English as it's meant to be... even if it has to keep changing.

A Word in Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex: everyday Latin

Apr 27, 2017 26:12

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The English language has adopted many Latin expressions and abbreviations. Professor Roly Sussex helps to sort your "ipso facto" from your "carpe diem".

A Word in Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex: Changing language across generations

Apr 20, 2017 23:25

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We don't speak English the same way as they did in Shakespeare's day, so why would we expect to be communicating in the same way as we did in the 1950s or even the 70s?

A Word in Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex

Apr 13, 2017 20:52

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Although most of us have been taught at school not to use the word 'get' in writing, it's still the third most common verb in the English language after 'be' and 'have'.

A Word in Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex: The informality of Australian English

Apr 6, 2017 23:25

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Today we look at the informality of English as used in Australia, and the ways in which it is less formal than in many other countries.

A Word In Your Ear with Professor Roly Sussex: Military words and expressions

Mar 23, 2017 47:52

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Military words and expressions turn up in everyday usage, but few people know where they really come from. Roly Sussex is joined here by military historian and journalist, Major Ross Eastgate to discuss the language of the armed forces.

A Word in Your Ear: Words borrowed from the Dutch

Mar 16, 2017 24:39

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We all know that English has borrowed from other languages like Latin, Greek, Italian and Spanish, but what about Dutch?

A Word In Your Ear: The letter u

Mar 9, 2017 25:59

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Is the letter u falling out of favour - or should that be favor?

A Word In Your Ear: The letter u

Mar 9, 2017 25:59

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Is the letter u falling out of favour - or should that be favor?

A Word In Your Ear: The language of politeness

Mar 2, 2017 22:17

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Politeness is often only noticed when it's absent, for instance when people don't say thank you. What role does politeness play in our conversations?

A Word In Your Ear: The language of gardening

Feb 23, 2017 47:24

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How are plants are named, why is there a world-wide re-naming of plants happening and why do some plants have multiple names? All this and more with Professor Roly Sussex and Gardening Australia's Jerry Coleby-Williams.

A Word In Your Ear: Homophones

Feb 16, 2017 24:55

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Professor Roly Sussex explains what homophones are, why there are so many in the English language and why they exist.