Did the Australian accent appear as a result of drunkenness?
Is texting a sign of declining literacy?
Is business jargon killing English?
Of course not. It’s rubbish. All of it. But when bad linguistics comes to town, few can resist its appeal. What are the facts behind these fables?
Linguist Daniel Midgley is not here to make friends on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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Promo with Kylie Sturgess
‘Spring Awakening’ Returns To Broadway — In Sign Language
Theater Combines Verbal, Sign Language In Romeo And Juliet Production
A Deaf artist explains the rules of ‘sound etiquette’ — and why she’s kicking them to the curb
Oral vs. Sign Debate
The Oral vs. Sign Debate
Understanding Deafness: Not Everyone Wants to Be ‘Fixed’
Why NASA Needs a Programmer Fluent In 60-Year-Old Languages
The History of FORTRAN
“Hello, World!” in Assembly
Australia, we need to talk about the way we speak
Is there a problem with the way Australians speak?
Knowing the Aussie accent
The Conversation: The Aussie accent is drink-related? That’s just a hangover from our cultural cringe
Macquarie linguistics on the basis for the Australian accent
David Crystal: On a one-word reaction to reports about drunken Aussie accents
Nope, The Aussie Accent Doesn’t Come From Our Forefathers Being Sloshed
Claims Aussie accent slurred because our forefathers were always drunk ‘absolute rubbish’ says expert
When media gets drunk on absurdity and tries to tell us we’re the ones who sound drunk
The Guardian: The ‘drunken Aussie accent theory’ is another slur on our rich use of English
CNN: Is the Australian accent due to booze, mate?
Relax ‘Straya, You’re Not Talking Like Illiterate Drunkards
Dean Frenkel has done this kind of thing before
Jonathan Swift: “Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it.”
David Penberthy: Why I despair at the laziness that’s destroying literacy in the modern world
Don Watson’s Worst Words: how jargon is killing the language
Sound effect: Sad Piano Music (THIS WILL MAKE YOU CRY / Saddest Piano & Violin Ever!)
Men are taking photos of their balls in front of beautiful landscapes
(Which is better?)
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