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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 245: Language Fact or Fiction?

Ever read a language story, and felt something was a bit off?

Does your keyboard layout affect how you feel about words? Is it true that people couldn’t see the colour blue until modern times? How are you supposed to tell the difference between linguistic fact and fiction?

Linguist Daniel Midgley gives you some pointers on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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The Australian man who woke from a coma speaking fluent MANDARIN
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2740708/Aussie-man-wakes-coma-car-crash-speaking-MANDARIN.html

Facebook tests temporary reactions with a flower for Mother’s Day
http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/5/11601916/facebook-temporary-reactions-flower-mothers-day-thankful

ABC Radio staff told to put people with ‘difficult’ accents on air
http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/abc-radio-staff-told-to-put-people-with-difficult-accents-on-air-20160502-gokjsh.html

Queen’s speech ‘less posh’
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/1080228.stm

Study: Queen’s Accent Moving With The Times
http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=81877&page=1

Neil Nunes (BBC Radio 4 and World Service) reads the Shipping Forecast
https://soundcloud.com/jb_uk/neil-nunes-bbc-radio-4-and

The QWERTY Effect: How typing shapes the meanings of words.
http://link.springer.com/article/10.3758%2Fs13423-012-0229-7
PDF: http://csjarchive.cogsci.rpi.edu/proceedings/2011/papers/0408/paper0408.pdf

The QWERTY Effect: The Keyboards Are Changing Our Language!
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/03/the-qwerty-effect-the-keyboards-are-changing-our-language/254211/

The QWERTY keyboard is changing our feelings towards words
http://www.sciencealert.com/the-qwerty-keyboard-layout-is-changing-our-feelings-towards-words

Liberman at Language Log: The QWERTY effect
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=3829

Jasmin & Casasanto respond: The Robustness of the QWERTY Effect
http://www.casasanto.com/QWERTY.html

Liberman: Response to Jasmin and Casasanto’s response to me
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=3848

Stefan at Replicated Typo: QWERTY: The Next Generation
http://www.replicatedtypo.com/qwerty-the-next-generation/8652.html

The QWERTY effect on the web: How typing shapes the meaning of words in online human-computer interaction
https://arxiv.org/abs/1604.02287

QWERTY Effect: How typing makes us love certain words, hate others
http://www.geek.com/science/qwerty-effect-how-typing-makes-us-love-certain-words-hate-others-1652974/

The QWERTY Keyboard’s Origin Story Was Just Totally Debunked
http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/qwerty-keyboard_n_3223611.html?section=australia

No one could see the colour blue until modern times
http://www.businessinsider.com.au/what-is-blue-and-how-do-we-see-color-2015-2?r=US&IR=T

Himba color perception
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=18237

Words for snow revisited: Languages support efficient communication about the environment
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/cmu-wfs041316.php

CSIRO: Reducing Australia’s carp invasion
http://www.csiro.au/en/Research/BF/Areas/Managing-the-impacts-of-invasive-species/Biological-control/Biocontrol-of-carp

Murray-Darling carp plague requires urgent release of fish virus say farmers, environmentalists
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-13/murray-darling-carp-plague-release-fish-virus-farmers-scientists/7084586

Fishermen welcome plan to use herpes to rid waterways of European carp
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/fishermen-welcome-plan-to-use-herpes-to-rid-waterways-of-european-carp-20160506-gooed5.html

How Donald Trump handed Hillary Clinton the ‘woman card’ and the election
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/02/how-donald-trump-handed-hillary-clinton-the-woman-card-and-the-election-commentary.html

Trump mocked Clinton’s “woman card.” He forgets that makes the election about masculinity.
http://www.vox.com/2016/5/5/11571446/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-gender-woman-card

UltraViolet: The Woman Card
https://www.facebook.com/weareultraviolet/photos/a.308793015857415.71731.260933440643373/1071706842899358/?type=3&theater
13092176_1071706842899358_5029241016158694836_n

Hillary Clinton made an actual “woman card” for her supporters
http://qz.com/673294/hillary-clinton-made-an-actual-woman-card-for-her-supporters/
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Iowa Siblings Launch ‘Woman Cards’ in Trump Retaliation
http://whotv.com/2016/05/06/iowa-siblings-launch-woman-cards-in-trump-retaliation/

1989: play the race card
National Journal, Volume 21, Issues 35-43

1986: Buthelezi has “… shown no qualms playing the ethnic card
Transafrica Forum

1976: playing the nationalist card
Soviet-American Regional Competition

The Longest Word in the Dictionary That Does Not Repeat A Letter
http://designtaxi.com/news/350983/The-Longest-Word-in-the-Dictionary-That-Does-Not-Repeat-A-Letter/


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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 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 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 211: Newsbag

For this episode, we’re reaching deep into the newsbag, and showing what’s new in the world of linguistics.

Is there a war on women’s voices? Is a popular toy spouting obscenities? And how did the language of trade floor speculation become the latest dead “language”?

Linguist Daniel Midgley and Em Burrows bring you the latest on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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“Head down, bum up?”
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/head_down,_bum_up

MasterChef winner scores cash, car, column AND a new job with Heston Blumenthal
http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/masterchef-winner-scores-cash-car-column-and-a-new-job-with-heston-blumenthal/story-fn8yvfst-1227459594834

Tracking Hillary Clinton’s Use of Every American Accent East of the Mississippi
https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-22/tracking-hillary-clinton-s-use-of-every-american-accent-east-of-the-mississippi

Naomi Wolf: Young women, give up the vocal fry and reclaim your strong female voice
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/24/vocal-fry-strong-female-voice

Amanda Marcotte: The war on female voices is just another way of telling women to shut up
http://www.dailydot.com/opinion/vocal-fry-99-percent-invisible-womens-voices/

Language Log: And we have a winner…
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=20245

Traders’ language goes the way of Latin and Aramaic
http://www.reuters.com/video/2015/06/30/traders-language-goes-the-way-of-latin-a?videoId=364794821&videoChannel=5&channelName=Business

Closure of futures trading pits will render a language extinct
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/closure-of-futures-trading-pits-will-render-a-language-extinct-2015-07-01

To the Wayback Machine for this tutorial on the lost system of trading floor signs.
http://web.archive.org/web/20050830083840/http://www.cme.com/edu/course/resources/exmpldev9722.html

Is this Minion toy swearing?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEnPYxFP9Vc&feature=em-hot-b

McDonald’s denies Minion toy swears
http://www.skynews.com.au/culture/offbeat/2015/07/11/mcdonald-s-denies-minion-toy-swears.html

Did a talking doll say “Islam is the light”?
http://urbanlegends.about.com/b/2008/10/10/talking-doll-allegedly-says-islam-is-the-light.htm

Hear some phantom words
http://www.philomel.com/phantom_words/example_phantom_words.php

Scientists Decipher 1,500-Year-Old Hebrew Scroll
http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/linguistics/science-ein-gedi-scroll-03049.html

The new French-language Scrabble champion doesn’t speak French
http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-07-21/new-french-language-scrabble-champion-doesn-t-speak-french


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Episode 204: Shibboleths

A shibboleth can mark you as a insider… or an outsider.

Shibboleths can be words, phrases, or even sounds, but getting them wrong can lead to social or political exclusion, and in some cases, they can be fatal.

Linguist Daniel Midgley gives himself away on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Flat Adverbs Are Flat-Out Useful
http://www.dailywritingtips.com/flat-adverbs-are-flat-out-useful/

Banned words and flat adverbs
https://stancarey.wordpress.com/2014/12/16/banned-words-and-flat-adverbs/

Nando’s: ‘Eat interesting’
http://mumbrella.com.au/nandos-eat-interesting-89851

A complaint about Nando’s
https://www.facebook.com/nandosaus/posts/10151492978849843

Grammatically Incorrect Slogans
https://frtim.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/grammatically-incorrect-slogans/

Wikipedia: List of shibboleths
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_shibboleths

Disney Research creates method enabling dialogue replacement for automated video redubbing
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-04/dr-drc041715.php

A Mouth Full of Words: Visually Consistent Acoustic Redubbing
http://www.disneyresearch.com/publication/a-mouth-full-of-words-visually-consistent-acoustic-redubbing/

“MEDIEVAL LAND FUN-TIME WORLD” EXTENDED TRAILER — A Bad Lip Reading of Game of Thrones
https://youtu.be/5Krz-dyD-UQ

‘Shibboleth’ in the Old Testament
http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~kemmer/Words/shibboleth

My blog post about ‘shibboleth’: Gospel Doctrine for the Godless
http://www.godlessdoctrine.com/2014/05/ot-lesson-19.html

Wikipedia: Frisian peasant rebellion
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arumer_Zwarte_Hoop

Wikipedia: Parsley Massacre
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parsley_Massacre

Foucault That Noise: The Terror of Highbrow Mispronunciation
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/02/foucault-that-noise-the-terror-of-highbrow-mispronunciation/385229/

List of shibboleth names by which the privileged judge their inferiors
http://lazenby.tumblr.com/post/109628210407/list-of-shibboleth-names

Slate: How Do You Pronounce “Bon Iver”?
http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/02/13/bon_iver_pronunciation_how_to_pronounce_the_name_of_the_grammy_winner.html

How To Pronounce 18 Indie Band Names
http://indie88.com/how-to-say-indie-band-names/

Turkish sex worker dialect Lubunca liberates, stigmatizes LGBT community
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/1/17/turkish-languagesexworkers.html

Lubunca and the History of Istanbul Slang
http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/15704/lubunca-and-the-history-of-istanbul-slang

The secret language of Turkey’s LGBT community
http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-01-14/world-full-secret-languages-one-used-turkeys-lgbt-community

Diana Eades: Applied linguistics and language analysis in asylum seeker cases (PDF)
http://refugeestudies.org/files/appliedlinguisticsandlanguage_182.pdf

Tim McNamara: 21st Century Shibboleth: Language tests, identity, and intergroup conflict
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10993-005-2886-0#page-1

Immigration by Shibboleth By Michael Erard
http://www.legalaffairs.org/issues/November-December-2003/story_erad_novdec03.msp

Monika S. Schmid: Treacherous shibboleths: Language as an indicator of origin (PDF)
http://www.let.rug.nl/languageattrition/Papers/SchmidInaugural2011.pdf

More from Monika Schmid: Language as a passport
http://theforeigner.no/pages/columns/language-as-a-passport/

What’s the deal with Mx?
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/05/06/whats-the-deal-with-mx/

Wikipedia: Mx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mx_(title)

Mx flagged as possible title for transgender and other gender neutral people, according to Oxford English Dictionary
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-05/new-title-for-transgender-and-other-gender-neutral-people/6447256

Oxford English Dictionary could soon include gender-neutral title ‘Mx’
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/oxford-english-dictionary-soon-include-gender-neutral-title-mx/

When was the Mx gender-inclusive title created?
http://practicalandrogyny.com/2014/08/28/when-was-the-mx-gender-inclusive-title-created/

Mintox
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=mintox


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Episode 196: Irish

The Irish language is attracting a lot of attention.

It’s now a major player among minority languages, but even so, it’s a surprisingly contentious topic for many.

Linguist Daniel Midgley finds out what it’s all about on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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French must drop ‘ineffective barriers’ against other languages – minister
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/12/french-must-drop-useless-barriers-against-other-languages-minister

France’s language protectors drop stance against English
http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/france-s-language-protectors-drop-stance-against-english-1.2279803

France’s linguistic guardians drop fierce anti-English stance
http://www.businessinsider.com/afp-frances-linguistic-guardians-drop-fierce-anti-english-stance-2015-3?IR=T

Inheritors of Dante launch ‘Say it in Italian’ campaign against language of Dickens
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11464718/Inheritors-of-Dante-launch-Say-it-in-Italian-campaign-against-language-of-Dickens.html

A very silly piece: Dante turns in his grave as Italian language declines
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/09/opinions/italian-language-learning/

A whole bunch of words you had no idea were Italian
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=italian&searchmode=none&p=0&allowed_in_frame=0

How to say “Good Morning” in Irish Gaelic
http://www.bitesizeirishgaelic.com/blog/good-morning-in-irish-gaelic/

Hear it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXQmFQ-94O8

How to Say Seven Key Gaelic Phrases
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4lUPvik-uU

And some other phrases. Click on the links to hear! (Saved my butt for this episode, I can tell you.)
http://www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/irish.php

Language restrictions on NSW prisoners deemed ‘high risk’ despite no known terrorist threat
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/language-restrictions-on-nsw-prisoners-deemed-high-risk-despite-no-known-terrorist-threat-20150308-13y6as.html

Banning prisoners from speaking Arabic is lazy and probably a human rights breach
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/fullysic/2015/03/08/banning-prisoners-from-speaking-arabic-is-lazy-and-probably-a-human-rights-breach/

“If they are worried, they should have bilingual people running the place,” [Joe Caputo, head of the federation of ethnic community councils of Australia] said.
http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/mar/08/high-risk-inmates-at-nsw-super-max-jail-banned-from-speaking-arabic

Abbott criticised for ‘patronising’ Patrick’s Day video
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/asia-pacific/abbott-criticised-for-patronising-patrick-s-day-video-1.2136634

Tony Abbott’s St Patrick’s Day Message Is Exactly As Weird And Vaguely Offensive As You’d Expect
http://junkee.com/tony-abbotts-st-patricks-day-message-is-exactly-as-weird-and-vaguely-offensive-as-youd-expect/52967

Omniglot: Irish
http://www.omniglot.com/writing/irish.htm

Irish is available on Duolingo
https://www.duolingo.com/comment/4279133

Google adds Irish to list of Gmail options
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/12/11/irish-minority-languages.html

10 Reasons Why Irish Is an Absolutely Awesome Language
https://multikulti.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/10-reasons-why-irish-is-an-absolutely-awesome-language/

8 Fun Facts About the Irish Language
http://mentalfloss.com/article/49480/8-fun-facts-about-irish-language

The Real Irish-American Story Not Taught in Schools
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/03/16/real-irish-american-story-not-taught-schools

What is the origin of ph being pronounced f?
http://www.quora.com/What-is-the-origin-of-ph-being-pronounced-f

A Beginner’s Guide to Irish Gaelic Pronunciation
http://www.standingstones.com/gaelpron.html

eBook: Pronunciation Cheat Sheets for Irish Gaelic
http://www.bitesizeirishgaelic.com/ebooks/pronunciation/

English As We Speak It in Ireland, by P. W. Joyce, 1910
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/34251

Commissioner resigns over Government failures on Irish
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/commissioner-resigns-over-government-failures-on-irish-1.1616978

“One of the complaints investigated by the office  last year saw a young man arrested after the tried to engage the Garda through Irish. He had been stopped in relation to a road traffic matter but found himself in handcuffs at a local station until somebody who could speak Irish was found.”
http://www.thejournal.ie/gardai-examine-practices-after-complaint-about-use-of-irish-language-830100-mar2013/

Irish MEP starts language strike over treatment of Irish language
https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58455

Striking for Irish and linguistic diversity
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/striking-irish-linguistic-diversity-150307094450137.html

Irish-language music video app TG Lurgan launches
http://www.siliconrepublic.com/new-media/item/30536-irish-language-music-video

TG Lurgan on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/user/tglurgan/featured

Ciarán Ó Braonáin’s blog “My Language Diary”
http://mylanguagediary.com

How do you say ‘thank you’ in Irish?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXQmFQ-94O8

What are some other ways you can learn Irish?
Maine Observer: Celebrate Irish heritage through language
http://www.pressherald.com/2015/03/08/maine-observer-celebrate-irish-heritage-through-language/

Tourists Try To Translate Irish Slang
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9grgiwZNUs

Remote communities are ‘lifestyle choices’, says Tony Abbott
http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/mar/10/remote-communities-are-lifestyle-choices-says-tony-abbott

Tony Abbott a ‘disgrace’, says Federal Opposition after comments that living in remote Indigenous communities was a ‘lifestyle choice’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-10/tony-abbott-backs-decision-to-close-wa-indigenous-communities/6295296

#lifestylechoice on Twitter
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23lifestylechoice&src=tyah

First Dog on the Moon: Lifestyle choices of the rich and racist
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/11/lifestyle-choices-of-the-rich-and-racist

The Shovel: Taxpayers Forced To Fund Lifestyle Choice Of Small Group Of Australians (satire)
http://www.theshovel.com.au/2015/03/11/taxpayers-forced-to-fund-lifestyle-choice-of-certain-australians/

US Senator Joe Lieberman: “…sexual promiscuity is too often treated as just another lifestyle choice with little risk of adverse consequences.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2000/08/08/us/2000-campaign-lieberman-lewinsky-affair-embarrassing-for-all-us-americans.html

Don’t be surprised by Abbott’s comments about ‘lifestyle choices’
https://theconversation.com/dont-be-surprised-by-abbotts-comments-about-lifestyle-choices-38711

Chipewyan baby name not allowed on N.W.T. birth certificate
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/chipewyan-baby-name-not-allowed-on-n-w-t-birth-certificate-1.2984173


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Episode 180: Bad English (featuring Ammon Shea)

Are you annoyed by grammar purists?

Do prescriptive pedants pester you with trivial issues of usage?

What you need is some ammunition for fighting back. And it’s here, in the new book ‘Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation’.

Linguist Daniel Midgley talks with author Ammon Shea on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Linguists decry accent contest
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2014/10/04/Linguists-decry-accent-contest-n-at/stories/201410030201

What’s Wrong With “America’s Ugliest Accent”
http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2014/10/02/america_s_ugliest_accent_what_s_wrong_with_gawker_s_tournament.html

Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation by Ammon Shea
http://www.penguin.com.au/contributors/6040/ammon-shea

Ammon’s article in The Week
http://theweek.com/article/index/263113/a-brief-history-of-linguistic-aggravation

Ammon Shea’s website
http://www.ammon-shea.com

What is the ‘shirtfront’ Tony Abbott wants to give to Vladimir Putin?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-14/shirtfront-tony-abbott-vladimir-putin-g20/5811502

Russian official mocks Tony Abbott after threat to ‘shirt-front’ Vladimir Putin
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/russian-official-mocks-tony-abbott-after-threat-to-shirtfront-vladimir-putin-20141014-115pp0.html

buttonhole
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/buttonhole

Buttonhole was originally buttonhold.
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=Buttonhole

“When fashion decreed that upper buttons be eliminated, button-holders didn’t suddenly reform. Instead they began grabbing people by the buttonholes (that) designers, for no good reason, left on the lapels and the phrase became to buttonhole.”
http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/6/messages/68.html

The French have the same expression: Serrer le bouton de quelqu’un.
http://www.bartleby.com/81/2731.html


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‘Bad Kingdom’ by Moderat
from the album II

‘Take Off Your Shirt’ by Bibio
from the album Mind Bokeh

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/


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‘Crime’ by Real Estate
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‘Police and Thieves’ by the Clash
from the album The Clash

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