THUH alien, or THEE alien?
It all depends on whether the next word starts with a vowel sound or a consonant sound. At least that’s the story. But one researcher is finding a lot of speakers are doing something very different — especially if they’re speakers of Australian English. What’s going on?
We’re talking to THEE sociolinguist Nick Wilson on this episode of Talk thuh Talk.
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Don’t Name Them
New Zealand Is Loath to Use Suspect’s Name to Avoid Amplifying His Cause | New York Times
Human sound systems are shaped by post-Neolithic changes in bite configuration | Science
How farming reshaped our smiles and our speech | Science
Softer, processed foods changed the way ancient humans spoke
Did Dietary Changes Bring Us ‘F’ Words? Study Tackles Complexities of Language’s Origins
Mind Your ‘Fs’ and ‘Vs’: Agriculture May Have Shaped Both Human Jaws and Language – Scientific American
The Ability to Pronounce “F” and “V” Sounds Might Have Evolved Along With Diet | Science | Smithsonian
Cooking And Evolution: Did Softer Foods Give Us The F-Word? : The Salt : NPR
Holy fudge: soft foods helped humans form ‘f’ and ‘v’ sounds – study | Science | The Guardian
The curious reason humans could not say the word ‘farming’ before it even existed
Humans couldn’t pronounce ‘f’ and ‘v’ sounds before farming developed | New Scientist
F’s and V’s Might Have Appeared After Agriculture – The Atlantic
Language Log — F-word diets
Humans couldn’t pronounce ‘f’ and ‘v’ sounds before farming developed : linguistics
Urban Dictionary: BIG OOF
I learned my lesson about taking a razor to my eyebrows. Big oof. : blunderyears
Turning this franchise around : Tinder https://www.reddit.com/r/Tinder/comments/avv2iw/turning_this_franchise_around/
The Future of Contraception
Full text of ‘On The Meaning Of Life’ — “contracept” appears p. 120 https://archive.org/stream/in.ernet.dli.2015.470245/2015.470245.On-The_djvu.txt