Language on the Move interview

 Ingrid Piller interviewed Piers Kelly about message stick research. You can listen to it here or on podcasting apps. Ingrid also wrote an excellent accompanying blog post: “What can Australian message sticks teach us about literacy?

“Now imagine aliens landing on earth and starting to collect mailed letters. […] They might also miss that the artifact itself is not particularly important. What matters is that the bill spurs the recipient into action (i.e. payment) and leads to a conversation about water consumption. Of course, they might also be more enlightened and take a holistic view and understand that the text is just a prop that enables us to do things with words.”