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Episode 273: Voice of the Apes

Why don’t monkeys talk to us?

New research tells us that if our primate cousins don’t do language, it’s not because of their vocal tracts. Those appear to be speech-ready. So if the voice is good to go, what’s the holdup?

Daniel is talking apes with Ben and Kylie on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Swearing meme

Frankly, we do give a damn: The relationship between profanity and honesty
https://www.academia.edu/29725191/Frankly_we_do_give_a_damn_The_relationship_between_profanity_and_honesty

People who swear tend to be more honest
http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/21/14341850/profanity-swearing-honesty-linguistics-language

People who curse a lot have better vocabularies than those who don’t, study finds
http://www.sciencealert.com/people-who-curse-a-lot-have-better-vocabularies-than-those-who-don-t-study-finds

Swearing More Is Actually A Sign Of Having A Better Vocabulary, Study Finds
http://www.iflscience.com/brain/knowing-more-swear-words-linked-wider-vocabulary-study-finds/

People Who Can Swear A Lot Found To Have Larger Vocabularies, So Suck It
http://uproxx.com/life/swearing-correlates-with-bigger-vocabulary-f-ck-yeah-it-does/

Julia Roberts vs. Sally Field in Celebrity Curse Off
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0swXMgM284o

Orangutan Found To Mimic Human Speech
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpoydpDHT8A

Voice control in orangutan gives clues to early human speech
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/du-vci072616.php

Monkeys Could Talk, but They Don’t Have the Brains for It
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/09/science/monkeys-speech.html

Monkey vocal tracts are speech-ready
http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/2/12/e1600723

Fitch (and von Humboldt) on monkey talk
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/

New Thoughts on the Origins of Human Speech
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5197-170112-baboons-vowels-speech

Baboons use vowel sounds strikingly similar to humans
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/01/baboons-show-they-ve-got-another-building-block-language-vowellike-sounds

Why a lowered larynx is good for human speech production
http://www.ling.cam.ac.uk/mark/Lowered_larynx_MJJ_York_Jan_2010.pdf

The descended larynx is not uniquely human.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1088793/

From Grunting To Gabbing: Why Humans Can Talk
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129083762

Why monkeys can’t talk—and what they would sound like if they could
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/12/why-monkeys-can-t-talk-and-what-they-would-sound-if-they-could

Lemurs groom-at-a-distance through vocal networks
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003347215003474

‘Baby talk’ in marmoset monkeys
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170116091416.htm

Rogue Scientists Race to Save Climate Data from Trump
https://www.wired.com/2017/01/rogue-scientists-race-save-climate-data-trump/

President Trump ordered the National Park Service to find photos that made his inauguration look huge
http://www.salon.com/2017/01/27/president-trump-ordered-the-national-park-service-to-find-photos-that-made-his-inauguration-look-huge/

Trump admin tells National Park Service to halt tweets
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/21/politics/trump-national-park-service-tweets/

Online Etymology Dictionary: rogue
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=rogue

Here’s a List of All the U.S. Govt’s Rogue Twitter Accounts Fighting Trump’s Crackdown on Science
http://www.core77.com/posts/60230/Heres-a-List-of-All-the-US-Govts-Rogue-Twitter-Accounts-Fighting-Trumps-Crackdown-on-Science

These 24 ‘rogue’ Twitter accounts claim to be from federal agencies
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/the-conversation/sd-list-rogue-twitter-accounts-from-federal-agencies-20170125-htmlstory.html

Wikipedia: Samizdat
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samizdat

DataRefuge
https://www.datarefuge.org/about

Stony Brook student held at JFK in Trump travel ban released
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/stony-brook-student-held-at-jfk-in-trump-travel-ban-released-1.13032310


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Episode 265: Universal Grammar 2 (featuring Dan Everett and Lynne Murphy)

The biggest idea in linguistics is back on the table.

Is there such a thing as the Universal Grammar? Do you have to have a human brain to learn language, or is learning a language just like learning anything else? And are one man’s insights into Amazonian languages sufficient to demolish this theoretical edifice?

Linguists Dan Everett and Lynne Murphy talk to Daniel, Ben, and Kylie on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Warning: Bad linguistics alert

‘Th’ sound to vanish from English language by 2066 because of multiculturalism, say linguists
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/09/28/th-sound-to-vanish-from-english-language-by-2066-because-of-mult/

Here’s how the English language could sound incredibly different in 50 years
http://www.sciencealert.com/the-english-language-could-sound-incredibly-different-in-50-years-study-finds

Our accents are under threat: dialects may die as computers strip the beauty from language
http://www.wired.co.uk/article/dialect-english-regional-accents

It’s the end of the frog and toad for regional slang, says report
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/sep/29/its-the-end-of-the-frog-and-toad-for-regional-slang-says-report

XKCD:

Better linguistics alert

Researchers are using an app to crowdsource how the English language has changed
http://qz.com/694906/researchers-are-using-an-app-to-crowdsource-how-the-english-language-has-changed/

How do you say ‘scone’? English regional accents decline as ‘southern’ accent becomes widespread
http://home.bt.com/news/uk-news/how-do-you-say-scone-english-regional-accents-decline-as-southern-accent-becomes-widespread-11364064620130

How London has killed off elements of local dialects across England – in seven maps
https://www.indy100.com/article/how-london-has-killed-off-elements-of-local-dialects-across-englandin-seven-maps–ZJxofkDwH7Z

New Scientist: The Electric Kool-Aid language test
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2108618-the-electric-kool-aid-language-test/

Dan Everett: Who’s afraid of the big bad Wolfe? Apparently everyone.
https://daneverettbooks.com/whos-afraid-of-the-big-bad-wolfe-apparently-everyone/

Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-recorded-having-extremely-lewd-conversation-about-women-in-2005/2016/10/07/3b9ce776-8cb4-11e6-bf8a-3d26847eeed4_story.html

A banner day for profanity
https://stronglang.wordpress.com/2016/10/08/a-banner-day-for-profanity/

An Oxford linguist on the dangers of dismissing comments about sexual assault as “locker-room talk”
http://qz.com/807395/donald-trump-oxford-linguist-deborah-cameron-explains-the-dangers-of-dismissing-comments-about-sexual-assault-as-locker-room-talk/

“Locker room” language encourages rape culture, even if it stays private
http://qz.com/806386/donald-trumps-lewd-access-hollywood-video-locker-room-language-encourages-rape-culture/

Lynne Murphy on Twitter: @lynneguist
https://twitter.com/lynneguist

Lynne’s blog: Separated by a Common Language
https://separatedbyacommonlanguage.blogspot.com.au

Linguistics explains why Trump sounds racist when he says “the” African Americans
http://qz.com/806174/second-presidential-debate-linguistics-explains-why-donald-trump-sounds-racist-when-he-says-the-african-americans/

Everything that was said at the second Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton debate, highlighted
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/10/09/everything-that-was-said-at-the-second-donald-trump-vs-hillary-clinton-debate-highlighted/

“open mic” and “on the mic”


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Episode 259: Does Your Dog Understand You? (featuring Monica)

Can our furry friends understand what we’re saying?

Before the Talk the Talk team can say no (like every other time), a very special listener wants us to consider the case for animals and language.

Listener Monica speaks with Daniel, Ben, and Kylie on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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First Aboriginal female lower house MP Linda Burney’s moving maiden speech
http://www.news.com.au/national/politics/first-aboriginal-female-lower-house-mp-linda-burneys-moving-maiden-speech/news-story/f59808d73efe7b17b3748de43635d53a

Linda Burney (ALP-Barton) – Maiden Speech
http://australianpolitics.com/2016/08/31/linda-burney-alp-barton-maiden-speech.html

Watch: Linda Burney includes Wiradjuri song as part of maiden speech
http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2016/08/31/watch-linda-burney-includes-wiradjuri-song-part-maiden-speech

Ethnologue: Wiradhuri
http://www.ethnologue.com/language/wrh

Our Mother Tongue: Wiradjuri
https://open.abc.net.au/explore/22207

The Australian National Dictionary
http://australiannationaldictionary.com.au

Do you know a Bunji from a Boorie? Meet our dictionary’s new Indigenous words
https://theconversation.com/do-you-know-a-bunji-from-a-boorie-meet-our-dictionarys-new-indigenous-words-63993

WA linguist welcomes Indigenous words in Australian National Dictionary
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-24/wa-linguist-welcomes-indigenous-words-added-to-dictionary/7778316

We compared the new words in the Australian and Oxford dictionaries, and now we don’t know if we’re Arthur or Martha
http://qz.com/765207/we-compared-the-new-words-in-the-australian-and-oxford-dictionaries-and-now-we-dont-know-if-were-arthur-or-martha/

Dogs understand both vocabulary and intonation of human speech
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/aaft-dub082916.php

Dogs Process Language Like Us, but What Do They Understand?
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/dog-spies/dogs-process-language-like-us-but-what-do-they-understand/

Dogs really do understand human language, study suggests
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/dogs-language-1.3740980

Neural mechanisms for lexical processing in dogs
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/353/6303/1030

Vagenda of manocide: our Facebook post
https://www.facebook.com/rtrfmtalkthetalk/posts/1459115720781882

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V of M: Card for Magic – the Gathering
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153616719311568&set=a.45056011567.67220.522001567&type=3&theater

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‘Vagenda of Manocide’ URL Redirects to Hillary Clinton Campaign Site
http://www.thewrap.com/vagenda-of-manocide-url-redirects-to-hillary-clinton-campaign-site/

How the ‘Vagenda of Manocide’ meme turned into a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton
http://www.dailydot.com/layer8/hillary-clinton-vagenda-fundraiser/

Is Vagenda Of Manocide A Metal Band Yet?
http://www.vocativ.com/353841/vagenda-of-manocide-hillary-clinton/


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Episode 244: Brain Thesaurus (featuring David J. Peterson)

Where’s the language in your brain? Researchers have constructed a kind of brain atlas, showing the patterns of neural activation when we hear words.

And Klingon is at the centre of a legal battle. Can a language be under copyright — even if it’s a constructed one?

David J. Peterson, language creator for Game of Thrones, talks to Daniel, Kylie, and Ben on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Language Creation Society press release
http://conlang.org/axanar/

The amicus brief (PDF)
https://popehat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/035-1-Brief-of-Amicus-Curiae.pdf

Brief aims to convince court that Klingon’s a real language – in Klingon
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article74873867.html

Star Trek’s Klingon Language Is At The Center Of A Bizarre Legal Fight
http://uproxx.com/gammasquad/klingon-lawsuit/

KlingonWiki: Axanar Lawsuit
http://www.klingonwiki.net/En/AxanarLawsuit

Speech means using both sides of brain
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140115132635.htm

Dogs Process Speech the Same Way as Humans
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/dogs-process-speech-the-same-way-as-humans

A brand new ‘atlas’ shows where different ideas live in our brains
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/04/28/a-brand-new-atlas-shows-where-different-ideas-live-in-our-brains/

Neuroscientists create ‘atlas’ showing how words are organised in the brain
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/apr/27/brain-atlas-showing-how-words-are-organised-neuroscience

This giant ‘brain dictionary’ reveals where your mind stores thousands of words
http://www.sciencealert.com/this-giant-brain-dictionary-reveals-where-your-mind-stores-thousands-of-words

Brain’s ‘thesaurus’ mapped to help decode inner thoughts
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/uoc–bm042616.php

What Is Biohacking?
http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/what-is-biohacking/

Body-hackers: the people who turn themselves into cyborgs
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/architecture-design-blog/2015/aug/14/body-hackers-the-people-who-turn-themselves-into-cyborgs

Bodyhackers are all around you, they’re called women
http://fusion.net/story/294770/women-body-hackers/


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Episode 239: Animal Syntax

Other animals don’t have language like we do, but some of them might be getting awfully close.

A recent experiment claims that some birds use a form of syntax — that they combine their signals in a way that’s always been thought to be unique to humans. Are these bird brains on to something?

Linguist Daniel Midgley sets things in order on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Microsoft’s New Twitter Bot Becomes Nazi Sympathizing Maniac Within 24 Hours
http://theantimedia.org/microsofts-new-twitter-bot-becomes-nazi-sympathizing-maniac-within-24-hours/

Microsoft: Tay
https://www.tay.ai

Microsoft killed its first sentient AI
https://imgur.com/gallery/VhlAW

Artificially Intelligent Robot Tells Creator It Will Keep Humans “In a People Zoo”
http://theantimedia.org/artificially-intelligent-robot-tells-creator-it-will-keep-humans-in-a-people-zoo/

A new study will figure out if cats pick up the dialects of their owners
http://www.sciencealert.com/a-new-study-will-figure-out-if-cats-pick-up-the-dialects-of-their-owners

WATCH: Do you understand what your cat is saying?
http://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/article/watch-do-you-understand-what-your-cat-is-saying

Syntax is not unique to human language
http://phys.org/news/2016-03-syntax-unique-human-language.html

Bird Uses Linguistics Thought to Be Exclusively Human
http://www.i4u.com/2016/03/106816/bird-uses-linguistics-thought-be-exclusively-human

Ape ‘language ace’ gets tripped up by simple grammar
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/03/ape-language-ace-gets-tripped-simple-grammar

Dendrophobia in Bonobo Comprehension of Spoken English (PDF)
http://evolang.org/neworleans/pdf/EVOLANG_11_paper_87.pdf

$380 million ship may be named Boaty McBoatface thanks to an online poll
http://www.smh.com.au/world/380-million-ship-may-be-named-boaty-mcboatface-thanks-to-an-online-poll-20160320-gnmtvx.html

Commuters salute guard after ‘Trainy McTrainface’ pulls into Waterloo
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/commuters-salute-guard-after-trainy-mctrainface-pulls-into-waterloo-a3209291.html

Mar 14th ’11: “I agree though. He’s definitely Sexy McSexFace. <3”
http://www.babygaga.com/t-1619410/you-watch-army-wives.html

Insulting nicknames involving “face”
http://ask.metafilter.com/166971/Gimme-some-nicknames-Dorks

Simpsons: Rome-old and Juli-eh — the origin of Esteban De La Sexface
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0918867/

From Cool McCool to Boaty McBoatface: An Investigationy McInvestigation
http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2016/03/25/boaty_mcboatface_mcdreamy_tits_mcgee_and_the_internet_s_favorite_naming.html


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Episode 237: Hinglish (featuring Sana Bharadwaj)

Hinglish. It’s not Hindi. It’s not English. So what is it?

It’s a hybrid language spoken by about 350 million Indian people. And it’s getting bigger all the time. But what’s it like, and what function does it have for its users?

Linguist and Hinglish speaker Sana Bharadwaj talks to Daniel, Ben, and Kylie on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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What can wolf dialects say about human language?
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0209/What-can-wolf-dialects-say-about-human-language

The language of wolves: study finds howling ‘dialects’
http://www.slashgear.com/the-language-of-wolves-study-finds-howling-dialects-09426237/

Wolf species have distinctive howling repertoires functioning like dialects, Study finds
http://nhv.us/content/16024253-wolf-species-have-distinctive-howling-repertoires-functioning

Mysterious chimpanzee behaviour may be evidence of ‘sacred’ rituals
https://theconversation.com/mysterious-chimpanzee-behaviour-may-be-evidence-of-sacred-rituals-55512

Mysterious chimpanzee behaviour could be ‘sacred rituals’ and show that chimps believe in god
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/mysterious-chimpanzee-behaviour-could-be-sacred-rituals-and-show-that-chimps-believe-in-god-a6911301.html

Gorillas observed ‘singing and humming’ during mealtime: study
http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2016/s4415568.htm

Wild gorillas hum during dinner.
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/seriouslyscience/2016/03/01/wild-gorillas-hum-when-theyre-eating-tasty-food/#.VtrkGMf9Dqo

8 Hinglish phrases made and used by Indians, only!
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/education/story/8-hinglish-phrases-made-and-used-by-indians-only/1/414761.html

The rise and rise of Hinglish in India
https://theconversation.com/the-rise-and-rise-of-hinglish-in-india-53476

Will we all be speaking Hinglish one day?
https://www.britishcouncil.org/voices-magazine/will-we-all-be-speaking-hinglish-one-day

The Hinglish Project: Typeface
http://www.thehinglishproject.com

How Donald Drumpf & The “John Oliver Effect” Have Already Influenced The Presidential Election
http://www.bustle.com/articles/147171-how-donald-drumpf-the-john-oliver-effect-have-already-influenced-the-presidential-election

Someone replaced Donald Trump’s eyes with his mouth and he looks the same
http://mashable.com/2016/02/26/trump-lip-eyes/

We Asked Facial Symmetry Experts About the Science Behind Having a “Punchable Face”
http://mic.com/articles/135809/we-asked-facial-symmetry-experts-about-the-science-behind-having-a-punchable-face#.5GNd6Bhp7

Neurologist explains why it’s hard to look at Ted Cruz’s creepy ‘unsettling’ face
http://www.rawstory.com/2016/02/neurologist-explains-why-its-hard-to-look-at-ted-cruzs-creepy-unsettling-face/

World Wide Words: Zemblanity
http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-zem1.htm

15 Crazy Examples Of Insanely Ableist Language
http://thoughtcatalog.com/parker-marie-molloy/2013/10/15-crazy-examples-of-insanely-ableist-language/

Omniglot: Pitman Initial Teaching Alphabet (i.t.a.)
http://www.omniglot.com/writing/ita.htm

A passage in the Initial Teaching Alphabet
couboi-smaull-text


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Episode 226: Shakespeare in Translation (featuring Migdalia Cruz and Taylor Mac)

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has commissioned all Shakespeare’s plays to be translated into contemporary English.

But how does one go about updating the words of the Bard? Does this task belong to playwrights, or to linguists?

Linguist Daniel Midgley speaks with playwrights Migdalia Cruz and Taylor Mac on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Your voice! Your story!: English in Western Australia
http://crowdresearch.uwa.edu.au/project/your-voice-your-story-english-in-western-australia/

Speaking giant panda: Secret language decoded as scientists set sights on hi-tech translator
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/speaking-giant-panda-secret-language-decoded-scientists-set-sights-hi-tech-translator-1527345

Scientists say they have decoded ‘panda language’
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/chinese-scientists-say-they-have-decoded-panda-language-a6722651.html

Chimpanzee language claims lost in translation, researchers conclude
http://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2015/11/02/chimpanzee-language-claims-lost-in-translation-researchers-conclude.html

Migdalia Cruz
http://www.migdaliacruz.com

Taylor Mac
http://www.taylormac.org/

Oregon Shakespeare Festival
https://www.osfashland.org

OSF: Play On!
https://www.osfashland.org/experience-osf/upcoming/play-on.aspx

Conservative Christians Are Losing Their Minds Because Starbucks Now Has Red Cups
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/11/08/conservative-christians-are-losing-their-minds-because-starbucks-now-has-red-cups/

Dunkin’ Donuts stirs Starbucks ‘brew-haha’ with festive holiday cup
http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/dunkin-donuts-stirs-starbucks-brew-haha-festive-holiday-cup

Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2015 is…
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2015/11/word-of-the-year-2015-emoji/

Oxford’s Word of the Year…isn’t a word

People getting pissy on Twitter and me fighting them.

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Episode 213: Short and Sweet

Is there anything that all human languages have in common?

With all the diversity in the world’s languages, a true universal is hard to find. But new research has unearthed a principle involving the distances between words, and this discovery has revived a long-standing debate.

Linguist Daniel Midgley keeps it short and sweet on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Marmoset ‘conversations’ may give clues to evolution of human language
http://news.sciencemag.org/plants-animals/2015/04/marmoset-conversations-may-give-clues-evolution-human-language

Related to PharaohKatt’s post: some of my favourite linguistic developments
http://221–bee.tumblr.com/post/125666704553/some-of-my-favourite-linguistic-developments

Know Your Meme: Doge
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/doge

Know Your Meme: Son, I Am Disappoint
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/son-i-am-disappoint

LOLspeak
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/lolspeak-chanspeak/children

Follow Dog Solutions. It funny
https://twitter.com/DogSolutions

NatGeo: Bonobo “Baby Talk” Reveals Roots of Human Language
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/08/150808-animals-bonobos-apes-evolution-speech/

Guardian: Bonobos have mastered the art of babytalk, new research shows
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/aug/04/bonobos-mastered-art-of-babytalk-language-evolution

Daily Mail: Bonobos speak like HUMAN BABIES: Apes use high-pitched ‘peeps’ just like infants learning to talk
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3184869/Bonobos-speak-like-HUMAN-BABIES-Apes-use-high-pitched-peeps-just-like-infants-learning-talk.html

Scientific American: Bonobo Peeps May Be Necessary Language Precursors
http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/bonobo-peeps-may-be-necessary-language-precursors/

MIT Linguists Say Human Languages Might Be Predictable
https://www.inverse.com/article/5136-mit-linguists-say-human-languages-might-be-predictable

The paper: Large-scale evidence of dependency length minimization in 37 languages
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/07/28/1502134112

MIT Study Suggests a Universal Property of Language
http://languagemagazine.com/?p=124247

All languages have evolved to have this in common
http://news.sciencemag.org/social-sciences/2015/08/all-languages-have-evolved-have-common

More about language universals (PDF)
http://www.uio.no/studier/emner/hf/ikos/EXFAC03-AAS/h05/larestoff/linguistics/Chapter%203.(H05).pdf

Klittra wins the vote in Sweden as the new word for female masturbation. Don’t be surprised if English adopts it. http://t.co/gQjBOnjsN5

— Wordability (@WordabilityHugh) June 23, 2015

Jezebel: Add the Word ‘Klittra’ to Your Sexual Dictionary
http://jezebel.com/add-the-word-klittra-to-your-sexual-dictionary-1712951840

Guardian: Sweden invents a word for girls’ genitals equivalent to ‘willy’ for boys
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/01/sweden-girls-genitals-feminist-invention-snippa-vagina

Swedish children’s TV dancing genitals cartoon sparks parental outcry
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/14/swedish-childrens-tv-cartoon-dancing-sparks-parental-outcry-genitals-penis-vagina-dancing

English remix of Swedish ‘genitals’ song released
http://www.thelocal.se/20150305/english-remix-of-sweden-genitals-song-twinkle-willie

Inevitable dance remix
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AWRwd6NlXA

Where does on the dole come from?
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=dole


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Episode 191: Ape Accents

Do apes have accents?

A recent news story claims that chimps learn a “new language” when they move in with other chimps. What’s behind the story? And what exactly are our fellow primates capable of, language wise?

Linguist Daniel Midgley goes ape on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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One Man’s Quest to Rid Wikipedia of Exactly One Grammatical Mistake
https://medium.com/backchannel/meet-the-ultimate-wikignome-10508842caad

Why Wikipedia’s grammar vigilante is wrong
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/05/why-wikipedias-grammar-vigilante-is-wrong

Language Log: Can 50,000 Wikipedia edits be wrong?
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=17636

Language Log: More on the history of comprised of meaning “composed of”
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=3182

Giraffedata’s manifesto is comprised entirely of misconceptions about how language works.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Giraffedata/comprised_of#Wikipedia_policy

That’s So Gay: Google Fixes Gay Slurs
http://americanlivewire.com/2015-01-28-thats-gay-google-fixes-gay-slurs/

Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into ‘faggot’, ‘poof’, ‘queen’
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/28/google_gay_translation_fail/

Google Fixes Homophobic “Bug” in its Translator
http://www.dailytech.com/Google+Fixes+Homophobic+Bug+in+its+Translator/article37108c.htm

Etymology of <i>camp</i>
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=camp&allowed_in_frame=0

CBBC: “Chimps develop Scottish accents”
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/31161049

ABC Science: “Chimps have own ‘dialects’ but can learn others”
http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2015/02/06/4175466.htm?site=science&topic=latest

NBC: “Chimps Learn New Language When They Change Locale”
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/chimps-learn-new-language-when-they-change-locale-n300776

The actual paper
http://www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-9822(14)01635-2

Potent Social Learning and Conformity Shape a Wild Primate’s Foraging Decisions
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/340/6131/483

Chimpanzee grunts mean more than you think
http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/6/7985327/chimpanzee-grunts-mean-more-than-you-think

LA Times: “Chimps learn each other’s grunts, but is it language?”
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-is-human-language-chimp-grunt-20150204-story.html

ABC Science: Chimps ‘talk’ about favourite fruits, best trees
http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2015/01/20/4165321.htm

First example of whispering observed in non-human primates
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/first-example-of-whispering-observed-in-nonhuman-primates-8836601.html

Actual paper: Whisper-like behavior in a non-human primate
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/zoo.21099/abstract

Primate call gives clues to human speech origins
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-22067192

Rare primate’s vocal lip-smacks share features of human speech
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-04/cp-rpv040313.php

Gelada lip smacks and wobbles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPtcNucxiMg

Terrible headline from ScienceAlert: “A wild-born orangutan has learned to communicate like a human”
http://www.sciencealert.com/a-wild-born-orangutan-has-learned-to-communicate-like-a-human

YouTube video of Tilda
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6kiA3KCf5k

Orangutans Plan Their Trips Like Humans, Tell Others Their Future Travel Routes
http://www.ibtimes.com/orangutans-plan-their-trips-humans-tell-others-their-future-travel-routes-1404478

<i>Mansplain</i> chosen as Macquarie Dictionary’s 2014 word of the year
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-05/mansplain-macquarie-dictionary-2014-word-of-year/6073620

Here’s the Big List (PDF):
https://www.macquariedictionary.com.au/media2/feature_documents/MacquarieWOTY_WordList_2014_2.pdf

“Linguists aren’t language nazis. We’re language hippies.”
http://www.slideshare.net/Jayelem/so-you-know-a-linguist

Ben Harris-Roxas ‏@ben_hr: This perfectly sums up the spill and the coverage of it for me
https://twitter.com/ben_hr/status/563580390942580736/photo/1


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Episode 176: Language Myths (featuring Karen Stollznow)

Does Bigfoot use language?

Can your brain understand a message if it’s backwards?

We don’t always understand how language works, so it’s natural that myths and legends about language should arise. Now a new book “Language Myths, Mysteries, and Magic” examines them.

Daniel Midgley talks with author, linguist, and skeptic Karen Stollznow on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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A U Kansas linguist has been approached to help with switching the Kazakh writing system to Latin script
http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-09-03/university-kansas-linguist-risking-ire-russia-helping-kazakhstan-change-its

Kazakh is spoken in Kazakhstan (of course)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazakh_language#Writing_system

It has about 11 million speakers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_number_of_native_speakers

It’s had a number of writing systems over the years
http://www.omniglot.com/writing/kazakh.htm

But it might soon be joining the 70% of languages that use the Latin writing system.
http://centralasiaonline.com/en_GB/articles/caii/features/main/2013/04/02/feature-01

Linguist, skeptic, and author Karen Stollznow
http://karenstollznow.com

Language Myths, Mysteries, and Magic is out now from Palgrave Macmillan
http://www.palgravemacmillan.com.au/palgrave/onix/isbn/9781137404855

OMG Ben was right. It’s grotesque.
http://io9.com/the-creepy-story-of-how-budapest-became-a-city-of-smil-1635708606
Totally going to do this though.

Yes, employers still use graphology as a way of finding out about the personality of potential applicants. Think about that: you could be knocked out of the running for a job, based on thoroughly discredited pseudoscience.
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-22198554

Graphologists do no better than random chance at predicting personality traits.
http://www.skepdic.com/graphol.html

What do you call a word you mispronounce because you’ve only read it? An onlyreaditism? A persephone? How about a calliope?
http://ask.metafilter.com/266681/Looking-for-a-term-mispronouncing-a-word-youve-only-ever-read


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