Congruence in Messaging in Safety Study in Semiotics demonstrates that congruence in messaging improves communication, incongruence creates miss-messaging. In order for communication to be effective there needs to be congruence not just in text, language and discourse (power in language) but also … [Read more...] about Congruence in Messaging in Safety
Linguistics and Risk Here’s a little experiment for you. Start calling someone a loser and see what happens. Of course, we don’t speak such language, especially to children, because we all know that language creates self-fulfilling prophecies. The language you speak and the text you write are … [Read more...] about Linguistics and Risk
Culture Silences in Safety – Linguistics As we continue this theme of culture silences in safety we also must consider the nature of linguistics, language and discourse. Language is the bedrock of culture. When we fly to another country or move about in our own country to other cultures, the first … [Read more...] about Culture Silences in Safety – Linguistics
One day when safety understands that a mature approach to ethics is essential for being professional, it might hopefully tackle the essentials in ethical and moral thinking. Unfortunately, documents like the AIHS BoK Chapter on Ethics are so glaringly inadequate it is laughable. It is also clear … [Read more...] about Essentials in Ethics for Safety
When I was teaching Linguistics in Secondary and Tertiary contexts, I would always repeat the well-known aphorism: ‘say what you mean and mean what you say’. How unfortunate that the safety industry has no interest in Linguistics and thinks it is fine to speak gobbledygook to people … [Read more...] about Linguistics and Safety
Linguistics, Language and Meaning in Risk When we study Linguistics in SPoR (https://cllr.com.au/product/linguistics-flyer-unit-21/ ) we look at language, the acquisition of language and the purpose of language. Language is the bedrock of culture in all its forms: spoken, written, unwritten, … [Read more...] about Linguistics, Language and Meaning in Risk
Safety Naivety and the Delusions of KISS Ah the KISS principle, its so simple: tell the rule, police the rule, punish the offender. That’s the safety way, why make things so hard when a good dose of brutalism will do. Sorry Safety that’s not the real world. If Covid has taught you anything it … [Read more...] about Safety Naivety and the Delusions of KISS
What Are You Trying to Say? One of the Advanced modules we run in CLLR (https://cllr.com.au/register-to-study/) is on the nature of semantics, semiosis, linguistics and the creation of meaning. This Advanced Linguistics module addresses the primary question: what are you trying to say? Most of the … [Read more...] about What Are You Trying to Say?