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.
Listen to this episode
Promo with Jane Hebiton
Gwenno: Y Dydd Olaf — translations for all the tracks
Welsh history in the time of the Tudors
Welsh is considered a model for language revitalization, but its fate is still uncertain
How is the Welsh language being preserved in Patagonia?
Gambia to drop English as ‘colonial relic’
TIME: Why Pakistan Is Replacing English With Urdu
Christian Science Monitor: Why Pakistan is changing its official language from English to Urdu
Quora: Why is Urdu the national language of Pakistan?
Honda to use English as its official language (by 2020)
The article that started it all: The Social Stratification of (r) in New York City Department Stores (PDF)
Revisiting New York department stores — about Mather’s 1992 replication
Dialect Blog: How Non-Rhotic Accents Become Rhotic
John Tierney of the NYT did a mini-replication in 1995. Really good background.
i love english language: William Labov
William Labov discusses his career in sociolinguistics
Google Books: Introducing Sociolinguistics
What is jacklighting?
‘Cecil Bill’ May End Trophy Hunting In America
Jimmy Kimmel Tears Into ‘A-hole’ Dentist Who Killed Cecil The Lion
Find the tracks we play on the RTRFM webpage for this episode.