People are asking questions about language and gender equality.

What’s Oxford Dictionaries doing about some of its questionable definitions? And linguists are wondering why Disney princesses don’t talk more.

Linguist Daniel Midgley is listening on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

Elizabeth Close’s blog post: “I don’t care for your brand of racism.”

‘It’s Australia Day, we speak English’: Aboriginal artist ‘abused for speaking an indigenous dialect to her daughter’

Ms Close was speaking Pitjantjatjara

Is France’s unloved AZERTY keyboard heading for the scrapheap?

France wants to fix the terrible AZERTY keyboard

QWERTY vs. AZERTY: Why are French and US Keyboards Different?

AFNOR page: Respect de l’écriture française : vers un nouveau modèle de clavier informatique
(It’s in French, so you might not be able to read it. But you should try, because look at all the trouble they went to.)

Word and Phrase Info

Michael Oman-Reagan: Sexism in the Oxford Dictionary of English

Oxford Dictionary Agrees to Review Language After Accusations of Sexism

Sexism row prompts Oxford Dictionaries to review language used in definitions

Oxford: How are dictionary examples chosen?

A dictionary entry citing ‘rabid feminist’ doesn’t just reflect prejudice, it reinforces it

Oxford Dictionaries Apologizes for “Rabid” Feminism Tweet; Gets Trolled by Disappointed Misogynists

Hottest 100: Chet Faker Backtracks on Twitter Response Against Feminist Writer

Researchers have found a major problem with ‘The Little Mermaid’ and other Disney movies

Linguists Try to Figure Out How Harmful Disney Princesses Are to Kids

LSA: A Quantitative Analysis of Gendered Compliments in Disney Princess Films

“controlled opposition”: Flat-Earthers are back: ‘It’s almost like the beginning of a new religion’

Flat wrong: the misunderstood history of flat Earth theories

Girl toys, boy toys, and parenting: The science of toy preferences in children

Speaking Out: The Female Voice in Public Contexts
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