It’s Oscars time, and the film about Alan Turing “The Imitation Game” is in contention for best picture.

But that’s not the only language movie out there — there are plenty of cinematic delights to quench your passion for linguistic film.

Linguist Daniel Midgley goes to the movies on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Promo with Em Burrows


Show notes

¿Qué? Siri destroys Cortana and Google Now on language accuracy http://www.cultofmac.com/312335/que-siri-destroys-cortana-google-now-language-accuracy/

Check out the Hedonometer
http://hedonometer.org/index.html?from=2012-08-26&to=2015-02-27

The Mathematicians Trying to Prove that Every Language Is Inherently Positive
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-mathematicians-trying-to-prove-that-every-language-is-inherently-positive

The paper: Human language reveals a universal positivity bias
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/02/04/1411678112

EYE-GOUGINGLY BAD REPORTING ALERT

ScienceAlert: Spanish is the happiest language, Chinese the most balanced, new study reveals
http://www.sciencealert.com/spanish-is-the-happiest-language-chinese-is-the-most-balanced-new-study-reveals

ScienceMag: Spanish is the happiest language; Chinese, not so much
http://news.sciencemag.org/social-sciences/2015/02/spanish-happiest-language-chinese-not-so-much?rss=1

ABC Science: Language proves we’re all optimists at heart
http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2015/02/10/4176587.htm

USA Today: Spanish is the happiest language
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/02/14/spanish-will-make-you-smile/23411681/

END OF ALERT

The sunny side always looks up
http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2014/04/03/3972149.htm

The Poem That Passed the Turing Test
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-poem-that-passed-the-turing-test

From the programmer’s blog
https://rpiai.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/turing-test-passed-using-computer-generated-poetry/

The Imitation Game (2014): is it history, drama or myth?
https://theconversation.com/the-imitation-game-is-it-history-drama-or-myth-35849

The coin toss scene from ‘No Country for Old Men’.
WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLCL6OYbSTw
Script: http://gointothestory.blcklst.com/2009/03/great-scene-no-country-for-old-men.html

Roger Ebert reviews ‘Nell’.
http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/nell-1994

And a similar film: The Wild Child
http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-wild-child-1970

WATCH: The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlrP2IR58es

About Gregorio Cortez
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorio_Cortez

More about The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez
http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/235288%7C235313/The-Ballad-of-Gregorio-Cortez.html

Windtalkers (2002)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0245562/

Navajo Code Talkers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_talker#Navajo_code_talkers

WATCH: Singin’ in the Rain (1952): “Moses Supposes”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tciT9bmCMq8

WATCH: My Fair Lady (1964)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2TH8jOxVoM

Here are even more linguistically significant films
http://linguistlist.org/issues/16/16-1639.html

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) quotes
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2015381/quotes

And more:
https://stancarey.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/films-of-linguistic-interest/

Nut rage
http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/02/12/one-year-in-prison-for-korean-air-heiress-whose-tantrum-over-macadamia-nuts-delayed-flight/

Wikipedia: Nut rage incident
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut_rage_incident

Desk rage
http://rigorousintuition.ca/board2/viewtopic.php?t=19387&p=201740

Lollipop rage
http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/worldwidewords/2006-May/000377.html

Word rage on Language Log
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=1573

V for Vendetta speech
https://storyspeaker.wordpress.com/2007/06/04/v-for-vendetta-v’s-introductory-speech-and-remember-remember-poem/


Show tunes

Find the tracks we play on the RTRFM webpage for this episode.

Image credit: http://static.rogerebert.com/redactor_assets/pictures/546b701f592cb06568000199/hr_The_Imitation_Game_2.jpg