Kids love to play, and that includes playing with language.

These language games, or ludlings, are played by kids around the world, and they can be fun, or confusing, or just maddening to adults. But don’t worry.

Linguist Daniel Midgley makes it easy to understand on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

Indigenous Languages Will Become A HSC Subject from 2016
http://www.pedestrian.tv/news/arts-and-culture/indigenous-languages-will-become-a-hsc-subject-fro/4a8c5eea-510b-4417-8d52-b258f975303d.htm

Australia developing first ever school curriculum for Indigenous languages
http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/may/25/australia-developing-first-ever-school-curriculum-for-indigenous-languages?CMP=share_btn_tw

Stanford researchers uncover patterns in how scientists lie about their data
http://news.stanford.edu/pr/2015/pr-fraud-science-papers-111615.html

Markowitz and Hancock: Linguistic Obfuscation in Fraudulent Science
http://jls.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/11/05/0261927X15614605.abstract

What Studies of Retractions Tell Us
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4278466/

The Super Secret World of Ludlings – You Know, for Kids!
http://daily.jstor.org/super-secret-world-ludlings-know-kids/

Don Laycock: Towards a Typology of Ludlings, or Play-Languages
http://www.researchgate.net/publication/234622653_Towards_a_Typology_of_Ludlings_or_Play-Languages

The Pig Latins of 11 Other Languages
http://mentalfloss.com/article/50242/pig-latins-11-other-languages

The Secret Languages of English
http://literaryashland.org/?p=3135

Etymonline: Pig Latin
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=Pig+Latin&allowed_in_frame=

Straight Dope: What’s the origin of pig Latin?
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2163/whats-the-origin-of-pig-latin

English to Pig Latin Translator
http://www.snowcrest.net/donnelly/piglatin.html

Gibberish on Slums of Beverly Hills
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEcoDiRfK7k

Wikipedia has a detailed list of language games
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_game

Language Games: Allspråket, Mattenenglisch & Louchébem
http://www.thelinguafile.com/2012/12/language-games-allspraket.html

What’s the origin of Pig Latin? (Info on the dialects)
http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/4219/whats-the-origin-of-pig-latin

Pig Latin as a diagnostic tool
https://books.google.com.au/books?id=GfahZ6HS1rYC&lpg=PT280&ots=1DORwFG204&dq=p%22pig%20latin%22%20cognition&pg=PT280#v=onepage&q=%22pig%20latin%22%20cognition&f=false

Dyslexic kids have a hard time with Pig Latin
http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/parents/learn-about-dyslexia/what-is-dyslexia

New Mapping Tools Show Just How Bad China’s Air Pollution Really Is
http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/environment/new-mapping-tools-show-just-how-bad-chinas-air-pollution-really-is

China pollution climbs to perilous levels on eve of Paris climate talks
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-30/china-smog-climbs-to-perilous-levels-on-eve-of-climate-talks/6987906

-pocalypse
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=-pocalypse

“Most useful” ADS 2012
http://www.americandialect.org/hashtag-2012

Double Dutch
http://mindly.org/tutorial/howto/Learn_to_Speak_Double_Dutch

Bahasa F
http://honeymeow.blogspot.com.au/2008/10/do-you-speak-f-language.html?m=1


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Image credit: http://www.breenafain.com/blog/2013/04/23/how-we-talk-to-each-other-matters