For this episode, we’re reaching deep into the newsbag, and showing what’s new in the world of linguistics.

Is there a war on women’s voices? Is a popular toy spouting obscenities? And how did the language of trade floor speculation become the latest dead “language”?

Linguist Daniel Midgley and Em Burrows bring you the latest on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Promo with Em Burrows

from 21 July 2015

Promo with Em Burrows

from 28 July 2015

Show notes

“Head down, bum up?”,_bum_up

MasterChef winner scores cash, car, column AND a new job with Heston Blumenthal

Tracking Hillary Clinton’s Use of Every American Accent East of the Mississippi

Naomi Wolf: Young women, give up the vocal fry and reclaim your strong female voice

Amanda Marcotte: The war on female voices is just another way of telling women to shut up

Language Log: And we have a winner…

Traders’ language goes the way of Latin and Aramaic

Closure of futures trading pits will render a language extinct

To the Wayback Machine for this tutorial on the lost system of trading floor signs.

Is this Minion toy swearing?

McDonald’s denies Minion toy swears

Did a talking doll say “Islam is the light”?

Hear some phantom words

Scientists Decipher 1,500-Year-Old Hebrew Scroll

The new French-language Scrabble champion doesn’t speak French

Show tunes

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