Do apes have accents?

A recent news story claims that chimps learn a “new language” when they move in with other chimps. What’s behind the story? And what exactly are our fellow primates capable of, language wise?

Linguist Daniel Midgley goes ape on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

One Man’s Quest to Rid Wikipedia of Exactly One Grammatical Mistake

Why Wikipedia’s grammar vigilante is wrong

Language Log: Can 50,000 Wikipedia edits be wrong?

Language Log: More on the history of comprised of meaning “composed of”

Giraffedata’s manifesto is comprised entirely of misconceptions about how language works.

That’s So Gay: Google Fixes Gay Slurs

Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into ‘faggot’, ‘poof’, ‘queen’

Google Fixes Homophobic “Bug” in its Translator

Etymology of <i>camp</i>

CBBC: “Chimps develop Scottish accents”

ABC Science: “Chimps have own ‘dialects’ but can learn others”

NBC: “Chimps Learn New Language When They Change Locale”

The actual paper

Potent Social Learning and Conformity Shape a Wild Primate’s Foraging Decisions

Chimpanzee grunts mean more than you think

LA Times: “Chimps learn each other’s grunts, but is it language?”

ABC Science: Chimps ‘talk’ about favourite fruits, best trees

First example of whispering observed in non-human primates

Actual paper: Whisper-like behavior in a non-human primate

Primate call gives clues to human speech origins

Rare primate’s vocal lip-smacks share features of human speech

Gelada lip smacks and wobbles

Terrible headline from ScienceAlert: “A wild-born orangutan has learned to communicate like a human”

YouTube video of Tilda

Orangutans Plan Their Trips Like Humans, Tell Others Their Future Travel Routes

<i>Mansplain</i> chosen as Macquarie Dictionary’s 2014 word of the year

Here’s the Big List (PDF):

“Linguists aren’t language nazis. We’re language hippies.”

Ben Harris-Roxas ‏@ben_hr: This perfectly sums up the spill and the coverage of it for me

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