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Episode 308: Pet Translator

Just how feasible is a pet translator?

A report from a futurologist is claiming that we’re only ten years away from having deep and meaningfuls with our puppers and kittehs. But there might be some technical hurdles — including the possibility that there’s nothing going on to translate.

Daniel, Kylie, and Ben think it over on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Court rules request for ‘lawyer dog’ too ‘ambiguous’
http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/357817-court-rules-request-for-lawyer-dog-too-ambiguous

How the English language has evolved like a living creature
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/11/how-english-language-has-evolved-living-creature

Resistance to changes in grammar is futile, say researchers
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/01/resistance-to-changes-in-grammar-is-futile-say-researchers

Hear, boy? Pet translators will be on sale soon, Amazon says
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jul/22/hear-boy-pet-translators-will-be-on-sale-soon-amazon-says

The Catterbox collar will translate your cat’s meows into human speech
https://www.indy100.com/article/the-catterbox-collar-will-translate-your-cats-meows-into-human-speech–bkxNx34yZMb

Scientists Document Wild Birds ‘Talking’ With Humans For The First Time
http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-document-wild-birds-communicating-with-african-tribespeople-to-help-them-find-honey

Elephant translator turns human language into pachyderm-talk
https://www.cnet.com/au/news/elephant-translator-hello-in-elephant-david-sheldrick-wildlife-trust/

Heinz pits tomato sauce against ketchup in a new challenge
https://mumbrella.com.au/heinz-pits-sauce-ketchup-new-challenge-471214

What’s the Difference Between Ketchup and Catsup?
http://mentalfloss.com/article/29649/whats-difference-between-ketchup-and-catsup

Condiment shake-up as Heinz plays ketchup
http://www.news.com.au/finance/condiment-shake-up-as-heinz-plays-ketchup/news-story/a24532be3e963785de90eca5755e0d45


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Episode 285: Quick Shots

For this episode, we put out the call to listeners, and they responded. Daniel’s taking questions and giving answers.

Should we be fustrated or listen to vinyls? Is a movie based on or based off a true story? How do you recognise gaslighting? What does a linguistics career look like? And have you got another think coming?

Daniel answers them all and more on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Google Books: fustrated
Google Books link

Online Etymology Dictionary: fustrate
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=frustrate&allowed_in_frame=0

Grammarist: Another think coming
http://grammarist.com/usage/another-think-coming/

The Truth About Black Twitter
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/04/the-truth-about-black-twitter/390120/

Why Black Twitter Is Bigger Than Any One Story
http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/black-twitter-contains-multitudes-20150716

Black Twitter’s hilarious verification questions to prevent racist infiltration
https://qz.com/864372/black-twitters-twtr-hilarious-verification-questions-to-prevent-racist-infiltration/

What can you do with linguistics?

5 Common Phrases You May Not Realize Are Gaslighting
https://www.bustle.com/articles/132207-5-common-phrases-you-may-not-realize-are-gaslighting

From Theater to Therapy to Twitter, the Eerie History of Gaslighting
http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2016/04/18/the_history_of_gaslighting_from_films_to_psychoanalysis_to_politics.html


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Episode 279: Mailbag – Competitive Edition

We’re taking your questions on a Mailbag episode!

Along the way, we’re going to find out some pretty strange things about how words and phrases got to be how they are. Do you say zero or oh? What is begging the question? And has the French /r/ always been like that?

Daniel, Ben, and Kylie answer them all on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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The hazards of English spelling
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/lsoa-tho030917.php

Self-Organization In The Spelling Of English Suffixes: The Emergence Of Culture Out Of Anarchy
http://www.linguisticsociety.org/sites/default/files/Berg_Aronoff.pdf

The Standardization of American English
http://teachinghistory.org/history-content/ask-a-historian/25489

till (prep.)
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=till&allowed_in_frame=0

Wikipedia: Names for the number 0 in English
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_for_the_number_0_in_English#.22O.22_.28.22oh.22.29

How many names does zero have?
http://inmadom-myenglishclass.blogspot.com.au/2011/09/how-many-names-does-zero-have.html

Why getting out for zero is called a “duck” in cricket
https://www.sportskeeda.com/cricket/why-getting-out-zero-called-duck-cricket

Begging the Question, Again
https://afterdeadline.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/25/begging-the-question-again/?_r=1

Begging the question: How much should we fight for a correct English usage that no one actually seems to use?
https://www.theguardian.com/media/mind-your-language/2010/may/24/begging-the-question-mind-your-language

This troublesome 3-word phrase perfectly exemplified Antonin Scalia’s obsession with originalism
https://www.businessinsider.com/beg-the-question-meaning-definition-usage-2016-4

Questions to French native speakers…
http://www.antimoon.com/forum/t16151.htm

r/French: The rolled “R”
https://www.reddit.com/r/French/comments/2wwz2y/the_rolled_r/

Rolled ‘R’ in French – what area?
http://www.forum.french-linguistics.co.uk/forum/topics/rolled-r-in-french-what-area

Studies in the History of the English Language: A Millennial Perspective
Google Books link

Flipped, rolled, trilled or other…How to deal with the French “r”?
https://dictioncorner.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/flipped-rolled-trilled-or-other-how-to-deal-with-the-french-r/

When did the trilled “r” fall out of use in French and become replaced with a uvular fricative?
https://www.quora.com/When-did-the-trilled-r-fall-out-of-use-in-French-and-become-replaced-with-a-uvular-fricative

The origin of the French uvular “R”
http://www.antimoon.com/forum/t4808-15.htm

Frozen – Let It Go (French version)
https://youtu.be/wQP9XZc2Y_c

Georges Brassens – La Mauvaise Réputation
https://youtu.be/26Nuj6dhte8

What Is the F–kboy?
http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2015/08/18/what_does_fuckboy_mean.html

Green’s Dictionary of Slang
https://greensdictofslang.com

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Episode 241: Emoji Disasters

What happens when emoji go wrong?

We all love to use emoji, but their inherent ambiguity means that misunderstandings can happen — not only across cultures, but across devices.

Linguist Daniel Midgley makes it clear on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Skeptic’s Dictionary: Myers-Briggs
http://skepdic.com/myersb.html

OCEAN scale
http://psychology.about.com/od/personalitydevelopment/a/bigfive.htm

Grammar Police Influenced By Personality Traits
http://wemu.org/post/grammar-police-influenced-personality-traits#stream/0

Personality influences how one reacts to email errors
http://www.healthcanal.com/life-style-fitness/71647-personality-influences-how-one-reacts-to-email-errors.html

The actual paper: If You’re House Is Still Available, Send Me an Email: Personality Influences Reactions to Written Errors in Email Messages
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0149885

Emojipedia
http://emojipedia.org

Sassy hand girl! 💁

High-five? or prayer? 🙏

Person raising both hands in celebration 🙌

Grinning face with smiling eyes 😁

What Your Favourite Emoji Symbols Actually Mean
http://www.popsugar.com.au/celebrity/What-Do-Emoji-Faces-Symbols-Mean-34639445#opening-slide

We’re All Using These Emoji Wrong
http://www.wired.com/2015/05/using-emoji-wrong/

No, the Praying Hands Emoji Is Not a “High Five”
http://gawker.com/no-the-praying-hands-emoji-is-not-a-high-five-1613936693

Can YOU decipher these emoji messages? Translators from 11 regions misunderstand ‘universal’ symbols – with hilarious results
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3196583/Can-decipher-emoji-messages-Translators-11-regions-misunderstand-universal-symbols-hilarious-results.html

What’s that emoji mean? It all depends on the device you’re using
http://www.pcworld.com/article/3053967/consumer-electronics/whats-that-emoji-mean-it-all-depends-on-the-device-youre-using.html

Careful… That Emoji Might Mean Something Very Different To Its Recipient
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2016/04/careful-that-emoji-might-mean-something-very-different-to-its-recipient/

9 Emojis That Look Completely Different on Other Phones
http://mentalfloss.com/article/70879/9-emojis-look-completely-different-other-phones

Investigating the Potential for Miscommunication Using Emoji
http://grouplens.org/blog/investigating-the-potential-for-miscommunication-using-emoji/

The actual paper: “Blissfully happy” or “ready to fight”: Varying Interpretations of Emoji
http://grouplens.org/site-content/uploads/Emoji_Interpretation.pdf

What does Slacktivism mean?
https://www.techopedia.com/definition/28252/slacktivism

The Panama Papers: leaktivism’s coming of age
http://www.theguardian.com/news/commentisfree/2016/apr/05/panama-papers-leak-activism-leaktivism

From Ricki: the dreaded Android hairy heart!
http://blog.emojipedia.org/android-50-emoji-changelog/

Phrase Finder: “talk the talk”
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/walk-the-walk.html


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Episode 240: Bite the Wax Tadpole

Brand names can get lost in translation.

When a company tries to market a product overseas, sometimes the result is international zany hijinks ahoy. But not all the stories are true — there are plenty of urban legends around. Who can separate the facts from the fiction?

Linguist Daniel Midgley brings your ancestors back from the grave on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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UNSW: Indigenous Terminology
https://teaching.unsw.edu.au/indigenous-terminology

The Daily Telegraph Accuses UNSW Of “Rewriting History” For Saying Australia Was “Invaded”
http://junkee.com/the-daily-telegraph-accuses-unsw-of-rewriting-history-for-saying-captain-cook-invaded-australia/75322

Daily Tele Uncovers Academic ‘Invasion’ Plot… 20 Years Too Late
https://newmatilda.com/2016/03/31/daily-tele-uncovers-academic-invasion-plot-20-years-too-late/

Of course Australia was invaded – massacres happened here less than 90 years ago
https://theconversation.com/of-course-australia-was-invaded-massacres-happened-here-less-than-90-years-ago-55377

Outrage As University Teaches History Correctly.
http://www.sbs.com.au/comedy/article/2016/03/30/outrage-university-teaches-history-correctly?cid=trending

Wiktionary: pajero
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/pajero

Urban Legends: The Chevy Nova
http://jalopnik.com/169401/urban-legends-the-chevy-nova

The Chevy Nova That Didn’t Go
http://spanish.about.com/cs/culture/a/chevy_nova.htm

Bite the Wax Tadpole
http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/tadpole.asp

Bite the Wax Tadpole?
http://www.coca-colacompany.com/history/2008/03/bite-the-wax-ta/

Come Alive!
http://www.snopes.com/business/misxlate/ancestor.asp

Worst slogan translations
http://crazytopics.blogspot.com.au/2007/01/worst-slogan-translations.html

Word Safety
http://wordsafety.com

10 Most Unfortunate and Funny Car Names
http://www.oddee.com/item_93544.aspx

Braniff Ad Has `Naked` Option
http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1987-02-05/business/8701080195_1_diego-garrido-wording-largest-hispanic-advertising

These Mistakes Will Kill Your Company’s Prospects When Trying To Go Global
http://www.businessinsider.com.au/these-mistakes-will-kill-your-companys-prospects-when-trying-to-go-global-2011-12?r=US&IR=T

Burrada
Google Books link

Naming Faux Pas
http://www.namedevelopment.com/naming-faux-pas.html

Urban Dictionary: don’t at me (don’t @ me)
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=don’t+at+me+(don’t+%40+me)

The Accidental History of the @ Symbol
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-accidental-history-of-the-symbol-18054936/?no-ist

Ray Tomlinson, email inventor and selector of @ symbol, dies aged 74
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/mar/07/ray-tomlinson-email-inventor-and-selector-of-symbol-dies-aged-74

Ray Tomlinson, The Creator Of Email Who Popularized @ Symbol, Dies At 74
http://www.ibtimes.com/ray-tomlinson-creator-email-who-popularized-symbol-dies-74-2331307

“I am frequently asked why I chose the at sign, but the at sign just makes sense.”
http://arstechnica.com/business/2016/03/e-mail-inventor-ray-tomlinson-who-popularized-symbol-dies-at-74/

Slash: Not Just a Punctuation Mark Anymore
http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2013/04/24/slash-not-just-a-punctuation-mark-anymore/

Citroen C4 Cactus Ushers In A New Kind Of Low Cost Car
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/citroen-c4-cactus-ushers-in-a-new-kind-of-low-cost-car/

Mitsubishi Starion
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_Starion

Seen in Sicily

ucuntu


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Episode 238: Questions, Questions

Our listeners have questions, and we have answers.

Why do we say boo? or a whole ‘nother? And our Latin-minded friends have a few questions, as well.

Linguist Daniel Midgley answers them all on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Boaty McBoatface: Man behind the name apologises to company for social media ‘storm’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-22/boaty-mcboatface-inventor-apologises-to-nerc-for-storm/7265842

The linguistics of signifying time: The human gesture as clock
http://www.mpi.nl/the-linguistics-of-signifying-time-the-human-gesture-as-clock

Study Uncovers Unusual Method of Communicating Human Concept of Time
http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/linguistics/nheengatu-language-method-concept-time-03711.html

Early draft of Dr Floyd’s paper (PDF)
http://www.linguisticsociety.org/sites/default/files/archived-documents/Lg_92.1_Floyd.pdf

Global scare tactics: how to say “boo”
https://www.languagetrainers.com/blog/2011/01/07/global-scare-tactics-how-to-say-boo/

A Biography Of ‘Boo’ Across The World
http://www.npr.org/2014/10/31/360461195/a-biography-of-boo-across-the-world

When Did Ghosts Start Saying “Boo”?
http://www.slate.com/articles/life/explainer/2011/10/why_do_ghosts_say_boo_.html

An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language:
Google Books link

TravelTexas missed a big opportunity.
https://www.traveltexas.com/#/

Linguists discuss a whole ‘nother
https://linguistlist.org/issues/14/14-2909.html

Tmesis: A Whole Nother Word to Use!
https://speechdudes.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/tmesis-a-whole-nother-word-to-use/

What’s a “Napron”?
http://maevemaddox.com/books/bibliography/whats-a-napron

Examples of a whole ‘nother from the Cambridge History of the English Language
Google Books link

Is Irregardless a Word?
http://blog.dictionary.com/is-irregardless-a-word/

Etymonline: bacteria
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=bacteria

Phubbing: An invented word that might be too useful to ignore
http://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/phubbing-words-we%27re-watching

Etymonline: snub
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=snub&allowed_in_frame=0


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Episode 202: Lying

Everyone lies.

But what is lying? And can you tell when someone’s doing it? Researchers are using computers to catch us in the act.

Linguist Daniel Midgley tells the whole truth on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Are Melburnians mangling the language?
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/04/20/are-melburnians-mangling-language

What are mergers? A slide presentation
http://www.bu.edu/isle/files/2011/07/Warren-Maguire-Lynn-Clark-Kevin-Watson-What-are-mergers.pdf

The pin-pen merger
http://dialectblog.com/2011/04/17/pin-pen-merger/

The cot-caught merger
http://dialectblog.com/2011/03/08/the-cot-caught-merger/

Mergers, with maps
http://www.ling.upenn.edu/phono_atlas/maps/Map1.html

Explainer: Why has the word genocide become such a controversial term?
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/04/24/explainer-why-has-word-genocide-become-such-controversial-term

Germany Close to Recognizing Armenian Massacres as Genocide
http://www.wsj.com/articles/germany-close-to-recognizing-armenian-massacres-as-genocide-1429872387

Obama should say “genocide” when he talks about what happened to Armenians
http://qz.com/390847/its-embarrassing-that-obama-wont-say-genocide-when-talking-about-armenia/

Press Release : FA Minister Julie Bishop: “Events Of 1915 Are Not ‘Genocide’”
http://www.ata-a.org.au/press-release-fa-minister-julie-bishop-events-of-1915-are-not-genocide/

Robertson urges Australia to recognise Armenian ‘genocide’
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/04/24/robertson-urges-australia-recognise-armenian-genocide

The Truth About Lie Detection in Ancient and Modern Times
http://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends/truth-about-lie-detection-ancient-and-modern-times-002125

How does a lie detector (polygraph) work?
http://science.howstuffworks.com/question123.htm

Mythbusters: Beat A Lie Detection Test
http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/mythbusters-database/beat-lie-detection-test/

There’s no evidence that polygraphs work.
http://skepdic.com/polygrap.html

How to Pass a Lie Detector Test (Whether You’re Lying or Not)
http://www.livescience.com/33512-pass-lie-detector-polygraph.html

Jeff Hancock’s TED talk
http://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_hancock_3_types_of_digital_lies

Mihalcea & Strapparava (2009). The Lie Detector: Explorations in the Automatic Recognition of Deceptive Language (PDF)
https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/P/P09/P09-2078.pdf

Feng et al. (2012). Syntactic Stylometry for Deception Detection (PDF)
http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/P12-2034

Elkins et al. (2012). The Voice and Eye Gaze Behavior of an Imposter: Automated Interviewing and Detection for Rapid Screening at the Border
http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W12-0408

The two words lie are completely unrelated. Words can converge.
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=lie

Etymology of ‘lest’
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=lest

Howard Manns: Lest we forget lest: Anzac and the language of remembrance
http://monash.edu/news/show/lest-we-forget-lest-anzac-and-the-language-of-remembrance


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Episode 201: The First Language

What was the first language, and what was it like?

Does it still exist? And out of all the languages on earth today, which one is the oldest?

These are tricky questions, and linguists have tricky answers. Linguist Daniel Midgley goes back to basics on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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What Part of “No, Totally” Don’t You Understand?
http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/what-part-of-no-totally-dont-you-understand

No, Yes, Definitely: On The Rise Of ‘No, Totally’ As Linguistic Quirk
http://www.npr.org/2015/04/12/399210557/the-rise-of-the-no-totally-linguistic-phenomenon

How to Say ‘Yes’ (by Not Saying ‘Yes’)
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/04/how-to-say-yes-by-not-saying-yes/390129/

People in Northern Sweden have the world’s weirdest way of saying ‘yes’
http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/people-in-northern-sweden-have-the-worlds-weirdest-way-of-saying-yes/story-fnq2oad4-1227187456841

Russian-language version of Apple personal assistant Siri gives ‘homophobic’ responses to questions about gay people
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3040346/Russian-language-version-Apple-s-Siri-gives-homophobic-responses-questions-gay-people.html

“In Soviet Russia Siri questions you”

Until yesterday, Russian Siri was giving out homophobic replies
http://www.theverge.com/2015/4/15/8420763/apple-russian-siri-homophobic-replies

Apple fixes ‘homophobic’ Russian Siri: ‘This emotion should be considered negative’
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/16/apple-fixes-homophobic-russian-siri-emotion-should/

Russia’s Apple monument dismantled after Tim Cook comes out as gay
http://www.digitalspy.com.au/tech/news/a607640/russias-apple-monument-dismantled-after-tim-cook-comes-out-as-gay.html#~paaNX4QTTVCTl0

Barbara Klein Moss: The Search For The First Language
A good rundown of ideas about early language
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barbara-klein-moss/the-search-for-the-first-_b_7011208.html

Another one: The first chapter of God’s Sacred Tongue: Hebrew and the American Imagination by Shalom L. Goldman
http://uncpress.unc.edu/browse/page/372

There was some idle talk about making Hebrew the official language of the USA.
http://www.languagepolicy.net/archives/LLPT1.htm
http://www.pbs.org/speak/seatosea/officialamerican/banenglish/

The Ten Lost Tribes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Lost_Tribes

Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, borrowed the Hebrew origin story for his work of fiction, The Book of Mormon.
http://www.bibleodyssey.org/en/places/related-articles/mormon-scripture-and-the-lost-tribes-of-israel.aspx

Smith also speculated that the Ten Lost Tribes lived at the North Pole. In a kind of hollow.
http://mormonthink.com/QUOTES/losttribes.htm

This ties right into the ‘Hollow Earth’ theory that was also going around at the time. Smith picked up on a lot of stuff that was going around.
http://www.unmuseum.org/hollow.htm

RationalWiki: Sanskrit is not the first language
http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Sanskrit

Nutty stuff from The Vedic Foundation: Sanskrit was the first language, and it’s never changed. Warning: crackpottery.
http://www.thevedicfoundation.org/valuable_resources/Sanskrit-The_Mother_of_All_Languages_partI.htm

MIT Press Release: The rapid rise of human language
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-03/miot-trr033115.php

The paper: The precedence of syntax in the rapid emergence of human language in evolution as defined by the integration hypothesis
http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00271/full

New paper suggests speech developed in a now-familiar form
http://phys.org/news/2015-03-paper-speech-now-familiar.html

Early humans did not mumble and grunt: Language ‘developed rapidly’
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/early-humans-did-not-mumble-grunt-language-developed-rapidly-1494573

The authors think it all comes down to Merge.
We Got Merge: Noam Chomsky on the Cognitive Function that Made Language Evolve
http://www.brainpickings.org/2012/06/20/noam-chomsky-the-science-language/

Linguist List, Ask a Linguist: What’s the oldest language?
http://linguistlist.org/ask-ling/oldest.cfm

Percy Sledge: Soul singer’s link to cricket’s sledging
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-15/percy-sledge-soul-singer-link-to-cricket-sledging/6393694

World Wide Words: Sledging
http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-sle1.htm


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Episode 193: The Bilingual Advantage

Speaking another language is good for your brain — at least that’s what we’ve heard.

But some new research paints a less-positive picture. Should you learn another language? And how?

Linguist Daniel Midgley gets bilingual on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Dramatic decline in number of university students taking modern foreign languages
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/universityeducation/11412441/Dramatic-decline-in-number-of-university-students-taking-modern-foreign-languages.html

Only one in 65 new students chooses a modern language degree – we need a rethink
https://theconversation.com/only-one-in-65-new-students-chooses-a-modern-language-degree-we-need-a-rethink-37768

Americans are beginning to lose their love for foreign languages
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/02/19/americans-are-beginning-to-lose-their-love-for-foreign-languages/

Learning The Language
http://bcheights.com/opinions/2015/learning-language/

Facebook Is Cracking Down on Viral Hoaxes. Really.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2015/01/20/facebook_hoaxes_news_feed_changes_will_limit_false_news_stories.html

3 News defends use of Te Reo
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/266367/3-news-defends-use-of-te-reo

Kanoa Lloyd’s Te Reo stance wins plaudits
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/266391/te-reo-stance-wins-plaudits

NZ weather presenter hits back at criticism for using Maori language
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/02/18/nz-weather-presenter-hits-back-criticism-using-maori-language

100 Māori words every New Zealander should know
http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/culture/maori-language-week/100-maori-words

Learn about the structure of Te Reo, the Māori language
http://kupu.maori.nz

Bill Gates wishes he’d learned a language.
http://www.9news.com.au/technology/2015/01/29/13/17/bill-gates-reveals-his-biggest-regret-in-life

Here’s the Reddit AMA with Bill Gates
http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2tzjp7/hi_reddit_im_bill_gates_and_im_back_for_my_third/co3q0hr

Now Skype can translate for us, what’s the point in learning a language?
http://theconversation.com/now-skype-can-translate-for-us-whats-the-point-in-learning-a-language-35923

Is Bilingualism Really an Advantage?
http://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/bilingual-advantage-aging-brain

Ask a Linguist: Will bilingualism affect my child’s intelligence?
http://linguistlist.org/ask-ling/biling2.cfm

Bilingualism: consequences for mind and brain.
“This research shows that bilingualism has a somewhat muted effect in adulthood but a larger role in older age, protecting against cognitive decline, a concept known as ‘cognitive reserve’.”
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22464592

Learning a New Language Stimulates Same Pleasure Centres in the Brain as Sex and Chocolate
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/learning-new-language-stimulates-same-pleasure-centres-brain-sex-chocolate-1471766

The pleasure of learning new words
http://www.ub.edu/web/ub/en/menu_eines/noticies/2014/10/063.html

The Role of Reward in Word Learning and Its Implications for Language Acquisition
http://www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-9822(14)01207-X

Speaking More Than One Language Could Sharpen Your Brain
http://time.com/3581457/bilingual-brain-smart/

How learning a new language changes your brain – at any age
http://www.sciencealert.com/here-s-how-learning-a-new-language-changes-your-brain-at-any-age

Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young and old
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-11/ps-lli111214.php

“The fact that bilinguals are constantly practicing inhibitory control could also help explain why bilingualism appears to offer a protective advantage against Alzheimer’s and dementia, said Marian.”
http://www.psypost.org/2014/11/bilingual-brains-better-equipped-process-information-29490

Bilingualism changes children’s beliefs about the world around them
http://www.psypost.org/2015/01/bilingualism-changes-childrens-beliefs-world-around-30786

Saved by song: can singing improve your language skills?
http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/feb/11/singing-improve-language-skills-spanish-portuguese

The Benefits of Failing at French
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/16/opinion/16alexander.html

Hallo, hola, olá to the new, more powerful Google Translate app
http://googleblog.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/hallo-hola-ola-more-powerful-translate.html

Google’s translation app will soon turn speech into text on the fly
http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/11/google-translate-automatic-speech-to-text/

Google Updates Translate App With Instant Audio, Text Translation http://www.eweek.com/cloud/google-updates-translate-app-with-instant-audio-text-translation.html

404 page uses “up the boohai”. Very NZ.

RT: @sarasavage 10/10 to the @Te_Ara website for its heaps kiwi 404 Error message, lol pic.twitter.com/Z3ioE3iGin @talkrtr

— Grand Poobah Wagtail (@AngryWagtails) February 24, 2015

“Up the boohai”
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/boohai

¿Estos son Reebok o son Nike?


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Episode 171: Word Crimes 2

Weird Al Yankovic’s song “Word Crimes” combines grammar with music, and it’s fun to listen to.

But linguists are pointing out that these word crimes are not so felonious after all.

Linguist Daniel Midgley continues the investigation on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Blogger fired from language school over ‘homophonia’
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58236366-90/says-english-homophones-language.html.csp

Was someone really fired for talking about a ‘pedagogical approach’? The story is out there, but I have doubts.
http://www.comedycorner.org/89.html

Who or whom?
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/who-or-whom

Let’s point out that the popularity of some who/whom constructions has reversed.

Yes, some people use quotation marks for “emphasis”. Here’s the “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks
http://www.unnecessaryquotes.com

But really, no one has trouble with the ambiguity of using punctuation marks for more than one thing.
http://alt-usage-english.org/quotes_for_emphasis.html

Grammar Girl explains why it’s okay to say you’re “doing good.”
http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/good-versus-well

Tracy Morgan on 30 Rock: “Superman does good — you’re doing well!”
http://youtu.be/LoE8ZgzaX7A

Why Saying ‘I’m Good’ Is Correct, And Anyone Who Says Otherwise Is A Fool
http://www.businessinsider.com.au/how-are-you-im-good-is-acceptable-reply-2014-2

The pupil said, “Oh, I’m doing good!” The teacher said, “You shouldn’t say that — you should say, ‘I am doing well,’ ” to which the student replied, “Oh, no. I ain’t doing that good!”
http://books.google.com.au/books?id=P4UYAQAAIAAJ&q=%22i%27m+doing+good%22&dq=%22i%27m+doing+good%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uzXbU9HUJJa58gWM9ICABA&redir_esc=y

Irony has had many definitions over the years.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irony

Bongo Bongo: Literally is okay as an intensifier
http://youtu.be/7C1CXxAE7J4

Grammar Girl again, on split infinitives.
http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/split-infinitives

“Weird Al” tweets: “If you thought I didn’t know that I ended “Word Crimes” with a split infinitive… you don’t give me nearly enough credit.”
https://twitter.com/alyankovic/status/490724455673372672

Spastic and “Word Crimes”
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=13552

“Weird Al” tweets: “If you thought I didn’t know that “spastic” is considered a highly offensive slur by some people… you’re right, I didn’t.  Deeply sorry.”
https://twitter.com/alyankovic/statuses/490724534513700864

David Shariatmadari: “Error is the engine of language change, and today’s mistake could be tomorrow’s vigorously defended norm.”
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/11/pronunciation-errors-english-language

Tweeps
http://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/2014/07/29/

Twabstinence (plus a lot more)
http://www.webopedia.com/quick_ref/Twitter_Dictionary_Guide.asp

Tweetus Deletus!
http://www.valuewalk.com/2014/03/tesla-motors-inc-tsla-poked-fun-at-by-nissan/


Show tunes

‘Crime’ by Real Estate
from the album Atlas

‘Police and Thieves’ by the Clash
from the album The Clash

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