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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Show notes

Don’t Name Them
http://www.dontnamethem.org

No Notoriety
https://nonotoriety.com

New Zealand Is Loath to Use Suspect’s Name to Avoid Amplifying His Cause | New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/19/world/asia/new-zealand-shooting-suspect-name.html

PHOIBLE
https://phoible.org

Human sound systems are shaped by post-Neolithic changes in bite configuration | Science
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/363/6432/eaav3218

How farming reshaped our smiles and our speech | Science
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/363/6432/1131

Softer, processed foods changed the way ancient humans spoke
https://theconversation.com/softer-processed-foods-changed-the-way-ancient-humans-spoke-113599

Did Dietary Changes Bring Us ‘F’ Words? Study Tackles Complexities of Language’s Origins
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/14/science/language-origins-agriculture.html

Mind Your ‘Fs’ and ‘Vs’: Agriculture May Have Shaped Both Human Jaws and Language – Scientific American
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/mind-your-fs-and-vs-agriculture-may-have-shaped-both-human-jaws-and-language/

The Ability to Pronounce “F” and “V” Sounds Might Have Evolved Along With Diet | Science | Smithsonian
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ability-pronounce-f-and-v-sounds-might-have-evolved-along-human-diet-180971710/

Cooking And Evolution: Did Softer Foods Give Us The F-Word? : The Salt : NPR
https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/03/14/703100483/did-cooking-really-give-us-the-f-word

Holy fudge: soft foods helped humans form ‘f’ and ‘v’ sounds – study | Science | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/mar/14/soft-foods-helped-humans-form-f-and-v-sounds-research

The curious reason humans could not say the word ‘farming’ before it even existed
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2019/03/14/curious-reason-humans-could-not-say-farming-birth-farming/

Humans couldn’t pronounce ‘f’ and ‘v’ sounds before farming developed | New Scientist
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2196580-humans-couldnt-pronounce-f-and-v-sounds-before-farming-developed/

F’s and V’s Might Have Appeared After Agriculture – The Atlantic
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/03/farming-hunter-gatherers-labiodentals-linguistics/584950/

Language Log — F-word diets
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=42138

Humans couldn’t pronounce ‘f’ and ‘v’ sounds before farming developed : linguistics
https://www.reddit.com/r/linguistics/comments/b169du/humans_couldnt_pronounce_f_and_v_sounds_before/

Urban Dictionary: BIG OOF
https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=BIG%20OOF

I learned my lesson about taking a razor to my eyebrows. Big oof. : blunderyears
https://www.reddit.com/r/blunderyears/comments/avtn6p/i_learned_my_lesson_about_taking_a_razor_to_my/

Turning this franchise around : Tinder https://www.reddit.com/r/Tinder/comments/avv2iw/turning_this_franchise_around/

The Future of Contraception
http://www.publichealthstrategies.net/what-does-it-even-mean-to-be-a-womanif-men-manage-fertility/

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

Strange Planet
https://www.instagram.com/nathanwpylestrangeplanet/?hl=en


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