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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Promo with Cameron McAloon

Show notes

Indigenous Languages Will Become A HSC Subject from 2016

Australia developing first ever school curriculum for Indigenous languages

Stanford researchers uncover patterns in how scientists lie about their data

Markowitz and Hancock: Linguistic Obfuscation in Fraudulent Science

What Studies of Retractions Tell Us

The Super Secret World of Ludlings – You Know, for Kids!

Don Laycock: Towards a Typology of Ludlings, or Play-Languages

The Pig Latins of 11 Other Languages

The Secret Languages of English

Etymonline: Pig Latin

Straight Dope: What’s the origin of pig Latin?

English to Pig Latin Translator

Gibberish on Slums of Beverly Hills

Wikipedia has a detailed list of language games

Language Games: Allspråket, Mattenenglisch & Louchébem

What’s the origin of Pig Latin? (Info on the dialects)

Pig Latin as a diagnostic tool

Dyslexic kids have a hard time with Pig Latin

New Mapping Tools Show Just How Bad China’s Air Pollution Really Is

China pollution climbs to perilous levels on eve of Paris climate talks


“Most useful” ADS 2012

Double Dutch

Bahasa F

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