Children seem to soak up language, even the things we’d rather they not say.

What do you do about your child’s swearing? And does using sign language help babies talk earlier?

Linguist Daniel Midgley is down with the kids on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Peru: Baby lacks ID documents because his name contains unusual letter
http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-peru-baby-lacks-id-documents-because-his-name-contains-unusual-letter-103026

Of course, there are characters you can’t use in Australia, too.
http://www.kidspot.com.au/chloe-renee-andre-need-apply-accents-baby-names-arent-allowed/
http://www.mccrindle.com.au/the-mccrindle-blog/baby-name-no-nos-rules-australia

Here’s the list of baby names that got Ben seeing red
http://www.mamamia.com.au/parenting/baby-names-2013/

Dr Timothy Jay talks about child swearing
http://www.npr.org/2014/04/20/304957688/like-little-language-vacuum-cleaners-kids-suck-up-swear-words

Jay and Jay (2013). A child’s garden of curses. (PDF)
https://www.mcla.edu/Undergraduate/uploads/textWidget/2891.00036/documents/Childrens_Cursing.pdf

Signing in babies does not accelerate language development, study suggests
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121004093155.htm

Does sign language make a difference?
http://www.hanen.org/Helpful-Info/Articles/Does-Baby-Sign-Make-a-Difference-.aspx

When should you worry about language development? Ask a linguist.
http://linguistlist.org/ask-ling/lang-acq.cfm#worry

Entitlement, or the Age thereof
http://www.theage.com.au/comment/how-joe-hockey-ended-the-age-of-entitlement-20140516-zrfd1.html

Are we really living in the Age of Entitlement?
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/are-we-really-living-in-the-age-of-entitlement/story-fn9hlxnq-1226912240631#

Yes, the Age of Entitlement is over. But don’t worry, everyone; Joe Hockey will be doing just fine.
http://www.theage.com.au/comment/how-joe-hockey-ended-the-age-of-entitlement-20140516-zrfd1.html

Mitt Romney tried chipping away at this, too.
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=4240

Aggrieved white male entitlement turns deadly
http://www.alternet.org/culture/santa-barbara-mass-shooting-elliot-rodger-and-aggrieved-white-male-entitlement-syndrome

Used to be that you were entitled to things, and it wasn’t a bad thing.
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=entitle&allowed_in_frame=0


Show tunes

‘A Child Is Waiting’ by Stephen Duffy
from the album Duffy

‘Only Child’ by Dead Owls
from the album Small Talk