We’re continuing our discussion of a controversial paper about how new languages get started.

When you start talking about creole languages, the linguistic becomes the political very quickly. So what are linguists saying about this work? And is there anything creoles have in common?

We take it up with linguist John McWhorter on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

Indigenous dictionary may save the Miriwoong language from extinction
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-07/dictionary-saves-miriwoong-language-from-extinction/8877624

Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring: ‘Mirima Place for Talking’
http://mirima.org.au

Miriwoong on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/miriwoong/id994029653?mt=8

John McWhorter: LECTURE ONE: ARE CREOLES NOTHING BUT HYBRIDS?

John McWhorter: LECTURE TWO: HAS IT BEEN SHOWN THAT CREOLIZATION DOESN’T YIELD A TYPE OF GRAMMAR?

John McWhorter: LESSON THREE: DOES GENERATIVE SYNTAX REFUTE CREOLE EXCEPTIONALIST CLAIMS?

Lexicon Valley: From Pidgins to Creoles
http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/lexicon_valley/2017/09/john_mcwhorter_on_the_process_by_which_creole_languages_are_born.html

Performative allyship
https://www.facebook.com/YFNSJW/posts/1995533293999768

That meme (which I got a little bit wrong)

How The Women On Obama’s Staff Made Sure Their Voices Were Heard
http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/how-the-women-on-obamas-staff-made-sure-their-voices-were-heard_us_57d94d9fe4b0aa4b722d79fe

Lingthusiasm Episode 11: Layers of meaning – Cooperation, humour, and Gricean Maxims
http://lingthusiasm.com/post/164303700686/lingthusiasm-episode-11-layers-of-meaning


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