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Episode 281: The Emoji Code (featuring Vyvyan Evans)

Why does everyone ❤️ and 😡 emoji?

Emoji have been received enthusiastically in our electronic communication, and yet complaints about them continue. Is there anything wrong with using them? Are they really the equivalent of modern-day hieroglyphics? Do they represent a step backwards?

Daniel and Ben speak with digital communications expert Vyvyan Evans, author of The Emoji Code, on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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AP style change: Singular they is acceptable ‘in limited cases’
https://www.poynter.org/2017/ap-style-change-singular-they-is-acceptable-in-limited-cases/453356/

Question from ACES2015: Is it time to accept ‘they’ as a singular pronoun?
https://www.poynter.org/2015/question-from-aces2015-is-it-time-to-accept-they-as-a-singular-pronoun/330339/

Controversy over emojis used in NAPLAN practice questions
http://www.news.com.au/technology/gadgets/mobile-phones/controversy-over-emojis-used-in-naplan-practice-questions/news-story/a05c4fb508d5d7bd54749ef13faa75b2

Emojis in sample NAPLAN test cause alarm amongst educators | Herald Sun
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/emojis-in-sample-naplan-test-cause-alarm-amongst-educators/news-story/367d293fb70e67210474fb153007f708

NAPLAN: using emoji to test English | The Courier-Mail
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/opinion-classic-literary-texts-beats-dumb-txts/news-story/15e9f2f3ba5d7183d0b7164facab2b9e

Professor Vyvyan Evans
http://www.vyvevans.net

Why Millennial Pink Refuses to Go Away
http://nymag.com/thecut/2017/03/why-millennial-pink-refuses-to-go-away.html

The colour I showed Ben

When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink?
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/when-did-girls-start-wearing-pink-1370097/

The Surprisingly Recent Time Period When Boys Wore Pink, Girls Wore Blue, And Both Wore Dresses
http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2014/10/pink-used-common-color-boys-blue-girls/

Pantone: Introducing Rose Quartz & Serenity
https://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2016

The evolution of Japanese color vocabulary over the past 30 years
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170302090820.htm

The Evolving Poetry Of Japanese Color Names
https://www.asianscientist.com/2017/03/in-the-lab/japan-colors-terms-evolution/

xkcd: Color Survey Results
https://blog.xkcd.com/2010/05/03/color-survey-results/

Emojipedia: Exploding Head
http://emojipedia.org/shocked-face-with-exploding-head/

These Are The 10 Most Popular Emojis Used In 2016
http://www.elle.com.au/news/zeitgeist/2016/12/most-popular-emojis-2016/

Historical Thesaurus of English: Words for underwear
http://historicalthesaurus.arts.gla.ac.uk/category/?id=53582&qsearch=underwear&word=underwear&page=1


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Episode 260: Promoting LOTE (featuring Annie Demosthenous)

Language learning is important. Loads of kids are taking languages other than English (or LOTE). Lots of people are teaching them.

But for all that, we’re just not learning them. So why not? Are we doing it wrong? Not starting early enough? Or is it the culture of language learning in English-speaking countries? More importantly, how do we fix it?

Language teacher Annie Demosthenous chats with Daniel, Ben, and Kylie on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Negative campaign: Votes sought for most disliked English word
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/aug/25/negative-campaign-votes-sought-for-most-disliked-english-word

Oxford Dictionaries’ campaign to find most hated English word scrapped
http://www.newkerala.com/news/2016/fullnews-111238.html

Now we’ll never know what the English language’s least favourite word is
http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2016/08/27/now-well-never-know-what-the-english-languages-least-favourite-word-is/

Offensive language ruins search for world’s worst word
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-37197699

#OneWordMap: mapping the world’s least favourite words
“Update: We regret to inform users that due to severe misuse we have had to remove this feature from our website.”
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2016/08/one-word-map-least-favourite-word/#

Part 1: Why LOTE is having trouble

Fewer students are taking languages
https://blogs.crikey.com.au/fullysic/2016/06/15/solve-australias-language-learning-crisis/

Schools are cutting back
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/diplomatic-tensions-as-italian-and-greek-phased-out-of-school-20160805-gqlwpf.html

It’s difficult to teach LOTE anyway, with students get 1 hour a week.
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/teachers-know-dripfed-languages-fail-to-take-hold-20121102-28pms.html

We don’t have a culture of language learning in English-speaking countries
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Challenging-Australias-monolingual-mindset

What’s the big deal? Everyone speaks English
https://theconversation.com/why-native-english-speakers-fail-to-be-understood-in-english-and-lose-out-in-global-business-54436

Part 2: How to fix it

Should we be getting students to speak their home language (if they have one), instead of making everyone choose Indonesian or French?
https://theconversation.com/how-we-kill-languages-and-fail-our-cleverest-children-29137

How about dual-language programmes?
http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/dual-language-books-bridge-culture-language-for-english-learners-in-edmonton

How about language nests?
https://theconversation.com/language-nests-a-way-to-revive-indigenous-languages-at-risk-19824

Just making language learning compulsory?
https://theconversation.com/how-to-make-australia-more-bilingual-42609

What Is The Millennial Whoop? Once You Hear This Virulent Pop Hook You Won’t Be Able To Unhear It
http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/what-is-the-millennial-whoop-songs

“The Millennial Whoop”: The same annoying whooping sound is showing up in every popular song
http://qz.com/767812/millennial-whoop/

The Millennial Whoop: the melodic hook that’s taken over pop music
https://www.theguardian.com/music/shortcuts/2016/aug/30/millennial-whoop-pop-music

You might not know what the Millennial Whoop is but you have definitely heard it
http://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/16330/you-might-not-know-what-the-millennial-whoop-is-but-you-have-definitely-heard-it

The millennial whoop: the key to modern pop
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p046j43s

Best Classical Tunes: Search with a virtual piano
http://bestclassicaltunes.com/DictionaryPiano.aspx


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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 248: Dog Whistles and Dead Cats (featuring Howie Manns)

It’s the political season in Australia again, and the air is filled with the sound of dog whistles and dead cats hitting tables.

For this show, we turn our attention to political language. What makes a good slogan? What’s behind the Liberal government’s “illiterate immigrant” meme? And what words and phrases should we be looking out for?

Political language analyst Howie Manns talks to Daniel, Ben, and Kylie on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Online Etymology Dictionary: Filibuster
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=filibuster

Language of women versus men: ‘Wonderful’ and ‘thankful’ versus ‘battle’ and ‘enemy’
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160525161919.htm

Women are Warmer but No Less Assertive than Men: Gender and Language on Facebook
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0155885

From donkey votes to dog whistles, our election language has a long and political history
https://theconversation.com/from-donkey-votes-to-dog-whistles-our-election-language-has-a-long-and-political-history-58054

Good political slogans and this year’s, meh, yawn, failings
https://theconversation.com/good-political-slogans-and-this-years-meh-yawn-failings-59964

The ‘wells’, ‘looks’ and vibe of Australian debating: language to look for on Sunday
https://theconversation.com/the-wells-looks-and-vibe-of-australian-debating-language-to-look-for-on-sunday-60105

Election FactCheck: are many refugees illiterate and innumerate?
https://theconversation.com/election-factcheck-are-many-refugees-illiterate-and-innumerate-59584

Election 2016: How accurate are Peter Dutton’s comments on ‘illiterate’ refugees?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-18/election-2016-peter-dutton-comments-illiterate-refugees/7425642

Election 2016: Peter Dutton urged to ‘take a trip back’ to refugee camp after literacy remarks
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-18/dutton-should-27take-a-trip-back-to-lebanon27/7426158

Barack Obama removes ‘oriental’ and ‘negro’ from federal law
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/president-obama-removes-oriental-and-negro-from-federal-law-a7041701.html

Dames at Sea’s “Singapore Sue” Problem
http://www.onstageblog.com/columns/2015/9/25/dames-at-seas-sinapore-sue-problem

Why is this Broadway musical featuring a racist song?
http://www.metro.us/new-york/why-is-this-broadway-musical-featuring-a-racist-song/zsJoiw—nAKKk7jqo5kY/

Washington State banned the term in 2002: Preferred terminology in government documents.
http://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=1.20.130

“Oriental:” Death of a Semi-Slur
http://dialectblog.com/2013/09/19/oriental-death-of-a-semi-slur/


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Episode 242: Swedish (featuring Hedvig Skirgård and Anna Melberg)

Swedish is a great language, and we have a lot of questions about it.

What about its unusual and hard-to-pronounce sounds? Why are people in Sweden so good at learning English? And are we going to see the emergence of Swinglish one day?

Daniel, Ben, and Kylie chat to linguist Hedvig Skirgård and Swedish person Anna Melberg on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Using Aussie slang makes a person more likeable, ANU study finds
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-24/aussie-slang-makes-people-more-likeable-study/7274808

Australian slang makes you more likable but only in an ocker accent, study claims
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/mar/24/australian-slang-makes-you-more-likeable-but-only-in-an-ocker-accent-study

Aussie slang increases likeability
http://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/aussie-slang-increases-likeability

2011: Swedes place 4th in English skills ranking
http://www.swedishwire.com/economy/9176-swedes-place-4th-in-english-skills-ranking

The Swedish Number: You can now call Sweden and chat to a random Swede
http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-08/call-this-number-and-chat-to-a-random-swede/7309664

People in Northern Sweden have the world’s weirdest way of saying ‘yes’
http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/wtf/people-in-northern-sweden-have-the-worlds-weirdest-way-of-saying-yes/news-story/0a28804d66ab18b64476f998062d0039

Humans Who Read Grammars
http://humans-who-read-grammars.blogspot.com.au

Sj-sound
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sj-sound

Movie: Smala Sussie – I had a little frog once. (A story too emotional to tell in Swedish)
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x302d2c

Scientists have identified a universal Nope face
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/thefeed/article/2016/03/30/scientists-have-identified-universal-nope-face

The ‘Not Face’ Is Universally Understood
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/03/28/not-face-universal-language/

Kayaktivism
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2015/05/protest_against_shell_drilling_in_the_arctic_kayaks_and_boats_near_seattle.html

How to pronounce Ä, Ö, Å, and J
http://www.onlineswedish.com/pronounce.php

The IKEA Dictionary
http://lar5.com/ikea/

Stop Everything, IKEA Names Have Meanings
http://www.buzzfeed.com/tabathaleggett/stop-everything-kea-names-have-meanings


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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 235: Worst Words (featuring Don Watson)

Are our vocabularies shrinking? Is bureaucratic double-talk a sinister form of code designed to short-circuit original thought?

Author Don Watson thinks so, and explains why in his latest book Worst Words. But how does his view stack up to language science?

Don Watson goes head to head with linguist Daniel Midgley on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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UNESCO: International Mother Language Day
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/international-mother-language-day-2016/

Language in school: If you don’t understand, how can you learn
https://efareport.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/language-in-school-if-you-dont-understand-how-can-you-learn/

‘40% have no access to education in own language’
http://en.prothom-alo.com/international/news/95665/‘40%25-have-no-access-to-education-in-own-language’

Aboriginal minister Bess Price denied request to speak Indigenous language in NT Parliament
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-18/nt-warlpiri-minister-denied-request-to-speak-indigenous-language/7178298

Minister Chastised For Speaking Indigenous Language On Indigenous Land.
http://www.sbs.com.au/comedy/article/2016/02/19/minister-chastised-speaking-indigenous-language-indigenous-land

Worst Words: A compendium of contemporary cant, gibberish and jargon
http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/don-watson/watsons-word-wisdom-9780857983442.aspx

Don Watson on the warpath against Worst Words
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/don-watson-on-the-warpath-against-worst-words/news-story/3d997f3c60acfd8fd69aa8e65236a08d

Worst Words review: Don Watson fires up on howlers, expressions and bad language
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/worst-words-review-don-watson-fires-up-on-howlers-expressions-and-bad-language-20151207-glh17i.html

Late Night Live: Don Watson’s worst words
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/don/6948354

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

Does the average American student have less vocabulary today than in days gone by?
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2724/does-the-average-american-student-have-less-vocabulary-today-than-in-days-gone-by

Vocabulary Test Results Show Top U.S. Students Losing Ground, Others Stagnate
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/06/vocabulary-test-results-us_n_2249647.html

Fast-growing tumbleweed called hairy panic blows into Australian city
http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/feb/18/fast-growing-tumbleweed-called-hairy-panic-blows-into-australian-city

Comment: Are ‘frolleagues’ replacing our friends?
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/02/18/comment-are-frolleagues-replacing-our-friends

Urban Dictionary: frolleague
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=frolleague

Groucho Marx: “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/g/grouchomar146422.html

From Monica: Copywriting Fundamentals: How to Write in Plain English
http://thecopycollective.com/copywriting-fundamentals-how-to-write-in-plain-english/


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Episode 231: The Really Big Show

Talk the Talk returns in a big way for this Australia / Survival Day 2016.

Linguist Daniel Midgley and smart people Ben Ainslie and Kylie Sturgess bring you three hours of language, interviews, and music on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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What fact did you learn at an embarrassingly late age?
https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/2yhxa9/what_fact_did_you_learn_at_an_embarrassingly_late/?sort=top

Online Etymological Dictionary: barrel
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=barrel

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

How “Black English” Coarsens Culture
http://www.tcrecord.org/PrintContent.asp?ContentID=18829

Postcolonial Grammar Snobs… God’s Biggest Creation Mistake Since Lucifer
http://ghanafeminism.com/2015/10/13/self-proclaimed-grammar-snobs-gods-biggest-creation-mistake-since-lucifer/

Alexis Dubus – A Bl**dy Brief History Of Swearing – Fringe World
https://www.facebook.com/events/909121025809062

Alexis Dubus: Gigs
http://www.alexisdubus.com/gigs.html

Japan to drop the swastika from its tourist maps
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/20/japan-to-drop-the-swastika-from-its-tourist-maps?CMP=soc_567

Percentage of native English speakers, by country
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English-speaking_world

NoongarPedia
https://wikimedia.org.au/nys/Main_Page

New Chrome App Helps Women Stop Saying “Just” and “Sorry” in Emails
http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2015/12/29/new_chrome_app_helps_women_stop_saying_just_and_sorry_in_emails.html

Simon Horobin: Why do we say ‘sorry’ so much?
https://theconversation.com/why-do-we-say-sorry-so-much-53006

The American Dialect Society has spoken: These are the words that defined 2015
http://qz.com/590423/the-american-dialect-society-has-spoken-these-are-the-words-that-defined-2015/

2015 Word of the Year is singular “they”
http://www.americandialect.org/2015-word-of-the-year-is-singular-they

The Year in Words 2015: One Pronoun to Rule Them All?
https://www.vocabulary.com/articles/wordroutes/the-year-in-words-2015-one-pronoun-to-rule-them-all/

NPR: Everyone Uses Singular ‘They,’ Whether They Realize It Or Not
http://www.npr.org/2016/01/13/462906419/everyone-uses-singular-they-whether-they-realize-it-or-not

Many authors have used it.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singular_they#Older_usage_by_respected_authors

Especially Austen
http://www.pemberley.com/janeinfo/austheir.html

“In APA Style, whether it’s appropriate to use singular they depends on the context.”
http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2015/11/the-use-of-singular-they-in-apa-style.html

List of gender-neutral pronouns
https://genderneutralpronoun.wordpress.com/links/organized-by-pronoun/

Dennis Baron – The Words that Failed: A chronology of early nonbinary pronouns
http://www.english.illinois.edu/-people-/faculty/debaron/essays/epicene.htm

Donald Trump’s ‘schlonged’: A linguistic investigation
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/12/22/donald-trumps-schlonged-a-linguistic-investigation/

Schlonged? Donald Trump’s Pathetic Frat-Boy Politics
http://www.thenation.com/article/schlonged-donald-trumps-pathetic-frat-boy-politics/

Netflix and Chill with… Ted Cruz?
https://www.facebook.com/TheOriginalBestOfTumblr/photos/a.252727674878437.1073741825.252714998213038/1274659162685278/?type=3&theater

Bill Maher: Microaggressions
https://youtu.be/HL7ypWmYX5s

Merriam-Webster announces its word of the year: ism
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/merriam-webster-ism-word-of-the-year-2015/

Wazzock
http://www.smh.com.au/national/up-the-wazzock–translating-swear-words-around-the-world-20160121-gmar0h.html

British MPs debate Trump ban, label him ‘crazy,’ a ‘buffoon,’ a ‘wazzock’
http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/19/politics/uk-parliament-trump-debate/

British lawmakers debate banning Donald Trump from UK for ‘hate speech’
http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/18/europe/uk-parliament-debates-trump-ban/


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Episode 224: Bad Linguistics

Did the Australian accent appear as a result of drunkenness?

Is texting a sign of declining literacy?

Is business jargon killing English?

Of course not. It’s rubbish. All of it. But when bad linguistics comes to town, few can resist its appeal. What are the facts behind these fables?

Linguist Daniel Midgley is not here to make friends on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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‘Spring Awakening’ Returns To Broadway — In Sign Language
http://www.npr.org/2015/10/13/448379000/spring-awakening-returns-to-broadway-in-sign-language

Theater Combines Verbal, Sign Language In Romeo And Juliet Production
http://abc7chicago.com/entertainment/theater-combines-verbal-sign-language-in-romeo-and-juliet-production/1062553/

A Deaf artist explains the rules of ‘sound etiquette’ — and why she’s kicking them to the curb
http://www.techinsider.io/deaf-artist-christine-sun-kim-2015-10

Oral vs. Sign Debate
http://www.zak.co.il/d/deaf-info/old/oral_sign

The Oral vs. Sign Debate
http://www.npr.org/programs/disability/ba_shows.dir/revoluti.dir/highlights/oralsign.html

Understanding Deafness: Not Everyone Wants to Be ‘Fixed’
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/08/understanding-deafness-not-everyone-wants-to-be-fixed/278527/

Why NASA Needs a Programmer Fluent In 60-Year-Old Languages
http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/a17991/voyager-1-voyager-2-retiring-engineer/

The History of FORTRAN
http://www.obliquity.com/computer/fortran/history.html

Fortran/Hello world
https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Fortran/Hello_world

“Hello, World!” in Assembly
http://www2.latech.edu/~acm/helloworld/asm.html

Australia, we need to talk about the way we speak
http://www.theage.com.au/comment/the-fourth-r-missing-from-australian-education-20151025-gkhv8k.html

Is there a problem with the way Australians speak?
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drive/is-there-a-problem-with-the-way-australians-speak/6886106

Knowing the Aussie accent
http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/history-culture/2014/07/knowing-the-aussie-accent

The Conversation: The Aussie accent is drink-related? That’s just a hangover from our cultural cringe
https://theconversation.com/the-aussie-accent-is-drink-related-thats-just-a-hangover-from-our-cultural-cringe-49956

Macquarie linguistics on the basis for the Australian accent
http://clas.mq.edu.au/australian-voices/history-accent-change

David Crystal: On a one-word reaction to reports about drunken Aussie accents
http://david-crystal.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/on-one-word-reaction-to-reports-about.html

Nope, The Aussie Accent Doesn’t Come From Our Forefathers Being Sloshed
http://www.pedestrian.tv/news/arts-and-culture/nope-the-aussie-accent-doesnt-come-from-our-forefa/6de4cc05-61c8-4011-afce-040e9e47b50c.htm

Claims Aussie accent slurred because our forefathers were always drunk ‘absolute rubbish’ says expert
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-28/aussies-slur-their-words-because-our-forefathers-were-drunk/6892910

When media gets drunk on absurdity and tries to tell us we’re the ones who sound drunk
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/fullysic/2015/10/29/when-media-gets-drunk-on-absurdity-and-tries-to-tell-us-we’re-the-ones-who-sound-drunk/?wpmp_switcher=mobile

Reddit is skeptical
https://www.reddit.com/r/badlinguistics/comments/3qmt1l/australia_we_need_to_talk_about_the_way_we_speak/

The Guardian: The ‘drunken Aussie accent theory’ is another slur on our rich use of English
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/30/the-drunken-aussie-accent-theory-is-another-slur-on-our-rich-use-of-english

CNN: Is the Australian accent due to booze, mate?
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/29/living/australia-accent-alcohol-theory-feat/

Relax ‘Straya, You’re Not Talking Like Illiterate Drunkards
https://newmatilda.com/2015/11/01/relax-straya-youre-not-talking-like-illiterate-drunkards/

Dean Frenkel has done this kind of thing before
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/fullysic/2011/11/07/a-reply-from-dean-frenkel/

Jonathan Swift: “Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it.”
http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/07/13/truth/

David Penberthy: Why I despair at the laziness that’s destroying literacy in the modern world
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/opinion/david-penberthy-why-i-despair-at-the-laziness-thats-destroying-literacy-in-the-modern-world/story-fni6unxq-1227572642770?sv=96564364d385180a22a7c87a9e3c1e84

Don Watson’s Worst Words: how jargon is killing the language
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/weekend-australian-magazine/don-watsons-worst-words-how-jargon-is-killing-the-language/story-e6frg8h6-1227588619146

Sound effect: Sad Piano Music (THIS WILL MAKE YOU CRY / Saddest Piano & Violin Ever!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWIE0PX1uXk

Men are taking photos of their balls in front of beautiful landscapes
http://metro.co.uk/2015/10/27/men-are-taking-photos-of-their-balls-in-front-of-beautiful-landscapes-5465223/

nutscaping.com (NSFW)
http://nutscaping.com

nutscapes.com (NSFW)
http://nutscapes.com

(Which is better?)


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Episode 222: Brain, Body, Baby

For babies, learning language seems like child’s play.

But new research is showing us that there’s a lot going on in there, with contributions from brain, body, and memory. How does it all work?

Linguist Daniel Midgley bundles it all together on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Mama or Dada? Research looks at what words are easiest for kids to learn
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/10/151012132455.htm

Why we should be excited by 100,000 year old human teeth from China
https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2015/10/15/why-we-should-be-excited-by-100000-year-old-human-teeth-from-china/

Humans Exited Africa, and Trekked to China, Fossils Reveal
http://www.livescience.com/52481-modern-humans-reached-china-before-europe.html

Evidence Challenges the “Out of Africa” Timeline of Human Evolution
http://io9.com/more-evidence-undermines-the-out-of-africa-theory-of-1619420466

Earliest Known Draft of King James Bible Is Found, Scholar Says
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/15/books/earliest-known-draft-of-king-james-bible-is-found-scholar-says.html

Oldest Draft of King James Bible Discovered
http://news.discovery.com/history/religion/oldest-draft-of-king-james-bible-discovered-15101.htm

Oldest King James Bible Draft Found In England, Suggests 17th Century Translation Wasn’t Group Effort
http://www.ibtimes.com/oldest-king-james-bible-draft-found-england-suggests-17th-century-translation-wasnt-2142463

English phrases and sayings that derive from the Bible
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/bible-phrases-sayings.html

Babies need free tongue movement to decipher speech sounds
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-10/uobc-bnf100915.php

Bruderer et al: Sensorimotor influences on speech perception in infancy
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/10/06/1508631112.abstract

“Help! I’m losing phonemes as you speak!”
http://www.cafepress.com/mf/63235081/phonemes_bodysuit?aid=1568734

Why ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ Sound So Similar in So Many Languages
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/10/words-mom-dad-similar-languages/409810/

Gaze shifting helps babies learn new languages
http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/spectrum/society/gaze-shifting-helps-babies-learn-new-languages/112859.html

NINE-HUNDED DOLLARYDOOS (Simpsons clip)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w3iPFl-cfI

Change the Australian currency name to Dollarydoos.
https://www.change.org/p/change-the-australian-currency-name-to-dollarydoos?source_location=trending_petitions_home_page&algorithm=curated_trending

Aussies get behind proposal to change currency to dollarydoos
http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/10/16/15/39/aussies-get-behind-proposal-to-change-currency-to-dollarydoos

The Reserve Bank and Reform of the Currency: 1960–1988 — The Royal Controversy
http://www.rba.gov.au/Museum/Displays/1960_1988_rba_and_reform_of_the_currency/the_royal_controversy.html

Holt’s folly: one royal we rejected
‘”The Australian drawl, [Holt] warned, could easily reduce ”14 australs” to ”40 nostrils”.’
http://www.smh.com.au/money/on-the-money/holts-folly-one-royal-we-rejected-20130603-2nmoa.html

Simpsons neologisms
http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Made-up_words

Sifting the fact from fiction about baby sign language
https://theconversation.com/sifting-the-fact-from-fiction-about-baby-sign-language-36924

Science Blogs on Dustan Baby Language: A Cry Is Just A Cry
http://scienceblogs.com/deanscorner/2011/05/17/a-cry-is-just-a-cry/

‘Linguistics experts point out that Dunstan’s hypothesis has not been subjected to rigorous testing or academic scrutiny. The Dunstan company had, at one time, developed a clinical trial plan with Brown University researchers to test its claims, but abandoned it for consumer surveys and small-group observations in order “to hasten the development of a system that could be used by parents,” skipping rigorous testing to go straight to market.’
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunstan_Baby_Language


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