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Thomas Poulton

Thomas Poulton

Thomas Poulton is a Linguistics Lecturer at La Trobe University. His research focuses on the intersections of language, cognition and culture, specifically how each of these shapes and moulds the others over time.  

Thomas Poulton reviews 'The Oxford Guide to Australian Languages', edited by Claire Bowern

October 2023, no. 458 24 September 2023
Kado Muir – a Ngalia man – will never be able to have another conversation in his mother tongue. He tells the story of witnessing each of his elders dying and, in the process, his language. Successively, he had fewer and fewer people to communicate with. In the case of his language community, younger contemporaries shifted to English as the language exerted its colonial power – until at last ... (read more)