Language change is all around us — even at department stores.

And it’s there that Linguist Daniel Midgley travelled to get in touch with a 50-year-old linguistic experiment that changed the world. And it all starts with a question: What’s on the fourth floor?

We find out on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

Gwenno: Y Dydd Olaf — translations for all the tracks
https://ydyddolaf.wordpress.com

Welsh history in the time of the Tudors
http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/history/sites/themes/society/language_tudors.shtml

Welsh revitalisation
https://www.academia.edu/5299722/Welsh_Language_Revitalisation_a_Failure

Welsh is considered a model for language revitalization, but its fate is still uncertain
http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-06-24/welsh-considered-model-language-revitalization-its-fate-uncertain

How is the Welsh language being preserved in Patagonia?
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-33726205

Gambia to drop English as ‘colonial relic’
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2014/03/gambia-drop-english-as-colonial-relic-2014313141814734996.html

TIME: Why Pakistan Is Replacing English With Urdu
http://time.com/3975587/pakistan-english-urdu/

Christian Science Monitor: Why Pakistan is changing its official language from English to Urdu
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2015/0729/Why-Pakistan-is-changing-its-official-language-from-English-to-Urdu

Quora: Why is Urdu the national language of Pakistan?
http://www.quora.com/Why-is-Urdu-the-national-language-of-Pakistan

Honda to use English as its official language (by 2020)
http://www.autoblog.com/2015/07/07/honda-english-official-language/

The article that started it all: The Social Stratification of (r) in New York City Department Stores (PDF)
http://web.stanford.edu/class/linguist62n/labov001.pdf

Revisiting New York department stores — about Mather’s 1992 replication
http://linguistics-research-digest.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/revisiting-new-york-department-stores.html

Dialect Blog: How Non-Rhotic Accents Become Rhotic
http://dialectblog.com/2011/09/12/rhotic-becomes-non-rhotic/

John Tierney of the NYT did a mini-replication in 1995. Really good background.
http://www.nytimes.com/1995/01/22/magazine/the-big-city-can-we-talk.html

i love english language: William Labov
https://aggslanguage.wordpress.com/2009/09/20/william-labov/

William Labov discusses his career in sociolinguistics
https://www.pbs.org/speak/speech/sociolinguistics/labov/

Google Books: Introducing Sociolinguistics
Link

What is jacklighting?
http://animalrights.about.com/od/wildlife/g/What-Is-Jacklighting.htm

‘Cecil Bill’ May End Trophy Hunting In America
https://www.thedodo.com/congress-cecil-lion-trophy-hunting-ban-1275558136.html

Jimmy Kimmel Tears Into ‘A-hole’ Dentist Who Killed Cecil The Lion
https://www.thedodo.com/jimmy-kimmel-dentist-killed-lion-1271676533.html


Show tunes

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