Pencils on the move

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    Sadly, my sabbatical is drawing to a close and one of the things to think about now is souvenirs. My sabbatical involved visits to Germany, Iran and the United Arab Emirates. My daughter has cousins and friends in each of these countries and so before we left Australia we went souvenir shopping for them. In addition to special presents for cousins and close friends, we bought generic souvenirs for school mates and unrelated children we might meet along the way. As a result, we’ve now schlepped erasers in the shape of a koala and pencils with images of kangaroos out of Australia and distributed them along the way. Both the erasers in the shape of a koala and the pencils with images of kangaroos were made in China but the koalas and kangaroos were obviously supposed to be code for ‘authentic Australian.’ Should I mention that in all my years in Australia I’ve never seen a koala in the wild?
    Original languageEnglish
    Specialist publicationLanguage on the move
    PublisherLanguage on the move
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2012

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    • 200401 applied linguistics and educational linguistics
    • 200405 language in culture and society (sociolinguistics)


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