Everyone lies.

But what is lying? And can you tell when someone’s doing it? Researchers are using computers to catch us in the act.

Linguist Daniel Midgley tells the whole truth on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

Are Melburnians mangling the language?
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/04/20/are-melburnians-mangling-language

What are mergers? A slide presentation
http://www.bu.edu/isle/files/2011/07/Warren-Maguire-Lynn-Clark-Kevin-Watson-What-are-mergers.pdf

The pin-pen merger
http://dialectblog.com/2011/04/17/pin-pen-merger/

The cot-caught merger
http://dialectblog.com/2011/03/08/the-cot-caught-merger/

Mergers, with maps
http://www.ling.upenn.edu/phono_atlas/maps/Map1.html

Explainer: Why has the word genocide become such a controversial term?
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/04/24/explainer-why-has-word-genocide-become-such-controversial-term

Germany Close to Recognizing Armenian Massacres as Genocide
http://www.wsj.com/articles/germany-close-to-recognizing-armenian-massacres-as-genocide-1429872387

Obama should say “genocide” when he talks about what happened to Armenians
http://qz.com/390847/its-embarrassing-that-obama-wont-say-genocide-when-talking-about-armenia/

Press Release : FA Minister Julie Bishop: “Events Of 1915 Are Not ‘Genocide’”
http://www.ata-a.org.au/press-release-fa-minister-julie-bishop-events-of-1915-are-not-genocide/

Robertson urges Australia to recognise Armenian ‘genocide’
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/04/24/robertson-urges-australia-recognise-armenian-genocide

The Truth About Lie Detection in Ancient and Modern Times
http://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends/truth-about-lie-detection-ancient-and-modern-times-002125

How does a lie detector (polygraph) work?
http://science.howstuffworks.com/question123.htm

Mythbusters: Beat A Lie Detection Test
http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/mythbusters-database/beat-lie-detection-test/

There’s no evidence that polygraphs work.
http://skepdic.com/polygrap.html

How to Pass a Lie Detector Test (Whether You’re Lying or Not)
http://www.livescience.com/33512-pass-lie-detector-polygraph.html

Jeff Hancock’s TED talk
http://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_hancock_3_types_of_digital_lies

Mihalcea & Strapparava (2009). The Lie Detector: Explorations in the Automatic Recognition of Deceptive Language (PDF)
https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/P/P09/P09-2078.pdf

Feng et al. (2012). Syntactic Stylometry for Deception Detection (PDF)
http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/P12-2034

Elkins et al. (2012). The Voice and Eye Gaze Behavior of an Imposter: Automated Interviewing and Detection for Rapid Screening at the Border
http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W12-0408

The two words lie are completely unrelated. Words can converge.
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=lie

Etymology of ‘lest’
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=lest

Howard Manns: Lest we forget lest: Anzac and the language of remembrance
http://monash.edu/news/show/lest-we-forget-lest-anzac-and-the-language-of-remembrance


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