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.
Listen to this episode
Promo with Cameron McAloon
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)
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
Find the tracks we play on the RTRFM webpage for this episode.