Do you know from Yiddish?

A controversial new hypothesis has surfaced about its origins, but does it stand up to the data? And are you using Yiddish words without even knowing it?

Daniel Midgley speaks with lexicographer Ben Zimmer on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

Google to Developers: Here’s How to Stop Making Dumb Chatbots

Google is giving away the tool it uses to understand language, Parsey McParseface

Announcing SyntaxNet: The World’s Most Accurate Parser Goes Open Source

Professor reveals to students that his assistant was an AI all along

History & Development of Yiddish

Yiddish Language and Culture

The Secret Slang of the Diamond District

Articles for Elhaik’s research — this is not well-accepted by linguists!

Uncovering ancient Ashkenaz – the birthplace of Yiddish speakers

Was Yiddish A Secret Language Invented On The Silk Road?

Yiddish may have originated in Turkey, not Germany

Articles against Elhaik’s research — closer to correct

Asya Pereltsvaig: Is Yiddish to Be Traced to Turkey?

Jordan Kutzik: Don’t Buy the Junk Science That Says Yiddish Originated in Turkey

The Yiddish Handbook: 40 Words You Should Know

Old Jews explaining Yiddish words will make your day

Ben Zimmer: The Hidden History of “Glitch”

Ben Zimmer: A History of Meh, from Leo Rosten to Auden to The Simpsons

Metalinguistic shmetalinguistic: The phonology of shm-reduplication

Rules Shmules: 5 Phonetic Pitfalls of Shm- Reduplication

Oy Vey: Yiddish Has a Problem

[Ads-l] HuffPost interview query: “Dumpster fire” (Reply from Barry Popik)

New words added to dumpster fire

Google Trends: dumpster fire

Our National Dumpster Fire

Who What Why: Sheldon Adelson’s Newspaper Is a Dumpster Fire

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