‘Proper’ Australian English is under assault. Textspeak and encroaching Americanisms suggest young Aussies have little regard for the rules. Or do they? As young people shrug off the classist shroud of ‘good grammar’, they’re far more likely to care about not causing offence than being correct. Join facilitator professor of linguistics, Nick Enfield, writer Stephen Dando-Collins, journalist and linguist Christine Kenneally, and the ABC’s language researcher, Tiger Webb, as they ask whether the fixation on respectful language is just a passing fad.

Tiger Webb (Australian)

Tiger Webb

Tiger Webb is the ABC’s language research specialist, which mostly involves looking after a style guide and a pronunciation database. If you’re wondering, that is his real name.

Stephen Dando-Collins (Australian)

With his 40th book published in 2017, Stephen Dando-Collins is an award-winning author and biographer whose fiction and nonfiction titles range across Roman, Greek, British, Australian and American history, with many published in numerous languages worldwide. He has also written children's novels.