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Episode 304: Genericide (live at Camp Doogs)

Some big corporations are paying big money to make sure you don’t use their names.

Usually they love it if their trademark name is well-known. But if it becomes so well-known that the name becomes generic, the company can lose the right to its own trademark.

Daniel, Ben, and Kylie are coming at you from Camp Doogs with a live episode of Talk the Talk.


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Faroe Islands Translate
https://www.faroeislandstranslate.com/#!/

Faroe Islands creates its version of Google Translate after tech giant snub
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/10/06/faroe-islands-creates-its-version-google-translate-after-tech-giant-snub

Religious affiliation impacts language use on Facebook
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-religious-affiliation-impacts-language-facebook.html

Why Christians are More Positive on Facebook
http://www.ncregister.com/blog/dblackman/why-christians-are-more-positive-on-facebook

Strewth! Scrabble gets a makeover Down Under as Australia gets first slang edition
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/14/strewth-scrabble-gets-makeover-australia-gets-first-slang-edition/

Fair-dinkum true blue words hit new Aussie version of Scrabble
http://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/fairdinkum-true-blue-words-hit-new-aussie-version-of-scrabble/news-story/b57b046abbac9b9ff277fc86adfa91b8

‘Genericide’: When brands get too big
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/genericide-when-brands-get-too-big-2295428.html

15 Product Trademarks That Have Become Victims Of Genericization
https://consumerist.com/2014/07/19/15-product-trademarks-that-have-become-victims-of-genericization/

Velcro’s video implores consumers to say ‘hook and loop’
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/26/the-associated-press-velcros-video-implores-consumers-to-say-hook-and-loop.html

Don’t Say VELCRO®
https://www.velcro.com/about-us/dontsayvelcro/

‘Kleenex Is a Registered Trademark’ (and Other Desperate Appeals)
https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/09/kleenex-is-a-registered-trademark-and-other-appeals-to-journalists/380733/

Adobe says stop using ‘Photoshop’ as a generic term
https://www.slashgear.com/adobe-says-stop-using-photoshop-as-a-generic-term-26399495/

Check out this list from Adobe of things you’re not supposed to say, especially number 13.
https://www.adobe.com/legal/permissions/trademarks.html

Spam-maker loses bid to trademark ‘spam’
http://www.smh.com.au/news/security/spammaker-wants-us-to-stop-calling-pesky-emails-spam/2006/10/12/1160246238013.html

Can You Trademark the Phrase “Let’s Roll”?
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2002/02/can_you_trademark_the_phrase_lets_roll.html

Australian government: Common and prohibited signs
https://www.ipaustralia.gov.au/trade-marks/applying-for-a-trade-mark/decide-if-you-have-trade-mark/common-and-prohibited-signs

Trademark Erosion: Avoiding Genericide
https://www.mediamiser.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/MediaMiser-whitepaper-trademarkerosion.pdf

Should’ve seen it coming: the trademarking of public language
https://www.theguardian.com/law/shortcuts/2016/aug/17/shouldve-seen-it-coming-the-trademarking-of-public-language

I’ve Got a Problem: ‘No Problem’
https://www.wsj.com/articles/ive-got-a-problem-no-problem-1506463807

“No problem” vs “you’re welcome”
http://allthingslinguistic.com/post/124189121619/no-problem-vs-youre-welcome

Aaron Dinkin NWAV paper: It’s No Problem to Be Polite: Apparent-Time Change in Responses to Thanks (PDF)
http://www.ling.upenn.edu/~dinkin/NoProblemHandout.pdf

‘Total monster’: fatberg blocks London sewage system
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/12/total-monster-concrete-fatberg-blocks-london-sewage-system

10-Tonne ‘Fatberg’ Breaks West London Sewer

What is the difference between burg and berg in German city names?
https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-between-burg-and-berg-in-German-city-names

Anne Curzan: Sad React
http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2017/10/04/sad-react/

Is ‘AF’ even a word?
http://mashable.com/2017/10/04/af-dictionary-real-world/


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Episode 303: Creoles 2 (featuring John McWhorter, Knut Olawsky, & Ji-Soo Kweon)

We’re continuing our discussion of a controversial paper about how new languages get started.

When you start talking about creole languages, the linguistic becomes the political very quickly. So what are linguists saying about this work? And is there anything creoles have in common?

We take it up with linguist John McWhorter on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Indigenous dictionary may save the Miriwoong language from extinction
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-07/dictionary-saves-miriwoong-language-from-extinction/8877624

Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring: ‘Mirima Place for Talking’
http://mirima.org.au

Miriwoong on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/miriwoong/id994029653?mt=8

John McWhorter: LECTURE ONE: ARE CREOLES NOTHING BUT HYBRIDS?

John McWhorter: LECTURE TWO: HAS IT BEEN SHOWN THAT CREOLIZATION DOESN’T YIELD A TYPE OF GRAMMAR?

John McWhorter: LESSON THREE: DOES GENERATIVE SYNTAX REFUTE CREOLE EXCEPTIONALIST CLAIMS?

Lexicon Valley: From Pidgins to Creoles
http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/lexicon_valley/2017/09/john_mcwhorter_on_the_process_by_which_creole_languages_are_born.html

Performative allyship
https://www.facebook.com/YFNSJW/posts/1995533293999768

That meme (which I got a little bit wrong)

How The Women On Obama’s Staff Made Sure Their Voices Were Heard
http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/how-the-women-on-obamas-staff-made-sure-their-voices-were-heard_us_57d94d9fe4b0aa4b722d79fe

Lingthusiasm Episode 11: Layers of meaning – Cooperation, humour, and Gricean Maxims
http://lingthusiasm.com/post/164303700686/lingthusiasm-episode-11-layers-of-meaning


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Episode 302: Creoles 1 (featuring Damián Blasi)

How do Creole languages arise?

A controversial new paper is rocking the linguistic world. Are Creole languages different from other languages? How do they start? And what does this all mean about the human language ability?

Daniel Midgley speaks with author Damián Blasi on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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The Closing of a Great American Dialect Project
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-closing-of-a-great-american-dialect-project

Fieldwork Recordings—Dictionary Of American Regional English
https://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/collections/amerlangs/

Dictionary of Regional American English
http://dare.wisc.edu

Arthur the Rat
http://dare.wisc.edu/audio/arthur-the-rat

Browse 100 Sample Entries
https://www.daredictionary.com/page/100sampleentries

Humans learn complex grammatical patterns even in extremely challenging circumstances
https://phys.org/news/2017-09-humans-complex-grammatical-patterns-extremely.html

Grammatical patterns survive extreme social upheaval, study shows
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/09/05/Grammatical-patterns-survive-extreme-social-upheaval-study-shows/1281504626189/

Blasi et al.: Grammars are robustly transmitted even during the emergence of creole languages
Read-only link

Language Log: No creoles?
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=34340

New way don dey to prevent HIV
https://www.bbc.com/pidgin/world-41364083

Kim’s Rejoinder to Trump’s Rocket Man: ‘Mentally Deranged U.S. Dotard’
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/world/asia/kim-trump-rocketman-dotard.html

Kim Jong-un Called Trump a ‘Dotard.’ What Does That Even Mean?
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/22/world/asia/trump-north-korea-dotard.html

Kim Jong-Un Calling Trump A ‘Dotard’ Gave The Internet A Language Lesson
https://www.wired.com/story/kim-jong-un-trump-dotard/

Kim Jong Un just called Trump a ‘dotard’ — here’s what that means
https://www.businessinsider.com.au/what-does-dotard-mean-2017-9?r=US&IR=T

Where is ‘Nambia’? President Trump ‘invents’ African country
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-41345577

Trump Names Sarah Palin Ambassador to Nambia
https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/trump-names-sarah-palin-ambassador-to-nambia

Nambian covfefe
https://www.facebook.com/rtrfmtalkthetalk/posts/1917185944974855

#TakeAKnee: 5 Things To Know About NFL Players Protesting At Football Games
http://hollywoodlife.com/2017/09/23/what-is-take-a-knee-facts-nfl-players-protest-national-anthem/

Stevie Wonder joins #takeaknee protest against Trump’s attack on NFL players
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/sep/24/stevie-wonder-joins-takeaknee-protest-against-trumps-attack-on-nfl-players

John Legend, Diddy, Ed Asner, more react to Donald Trump’s attack on NFL player protests
https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2017/09/23/hollywood-takes-knee-best-reaction-donald-trumps-attack-nfl-player-protests/696666001/

Flipping the North Koreans off
https://iconicphotos.org/2010/10/01/flipping-the-north-koreans-off/

Korean is virtually two languages, and that’s a big problem for North Korean defectors
https://www.pri.org/stories/2015-05-19/korean-today-virtually-two-languages-and-thats-problem-north-korean-defectors

Wikipedia: North–South differences in the Korean language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North–South_differences_in_the_Korean_language


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Episode 301: Mailbag of Wonder

We’re taking your questions on this episode.

What’s happening with tildes and Facebook? Can you have a big huge balloon, or could it also be huge big? And if you move a meeting forward, is it later or earlier?

The answers may surprise you on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Miscellany № 60: the secret life of the tilde
http://www.shadycharacters.co.uk/2015/03/miscellany-60-tilde/

French baby boy banned from having name containing tilde
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/sep/13/french-baby-boy-banned-from-getting-name-containing-symbol

The French baby names the law wouldn’t allow
https://www.thelocal.fr/20161118/french-baby-names-banned-nutella-renault

JoAnna’s message
https://www.facebook.com/rtrfmtalkthetalk/posts/1907400722620044?notif_t=like&notif_id=1505468825260191

Facebook Is Testing Rich Text Formatting With Markdown
http://wersm.com/facebook-is-testing-rich-text-formatting-with-markdown/

The Hidden Language Of The ~Tilde~
https://www.buzzfeed.com/josephbernstein/the-hidden-language-of-the-tilde

Irony & Sarcasm marks, part 3 of 3
http://www.shadycharacters.co.uk/2011/10/irony-sarcasm-marks-part-3-of-3/

Now you can impress your friends with bold, italics and strikethrough in WhatsApp
https://techcrunch.com/2016/03/29/now-you-can-impress-your-friends-with-bold-italics-and-strikethrough-in-whatsapp/

Wikipedia: List of dialects of the English language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dialects_of_the_English_language

Why Doesn’t Modern Australia Have Diverse Regional Accents?
https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/why-doesn-t-modern-australia-have-diverse-regional-accents

Dialect Blog: The 3 Types of Australian Accents
http://dialectblog.com/2011/07/10/types-of-australian-accents/

Monash University: Inclusive language
http://www.monash.edu/about/editorialstyle/writing/inclusive-language

How to name Aboriginal people?
https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/people/how-to-name-aboriginal-people

Indigenous, Aboriginal or Aborigine? It’s not black and white
https://www.crikey.com.au/2012/08/15/indigenous-aboriginal-or-aborigine-its-not-black-and-white/

Men Also Like Shopping: Reducing Gender Bias Amplification using Corpus-level Constraints
https://arxiv.org/abs/1707.09457

Nuñez et al.: Time after time: The psychological reality of the Ego- and Time-Reference-Point distinction in metaphorical construals of time. (PDF)
http://www.cogsci.ucsd.edu/~nunez/web/timeaftertimeF+.pdf

Grammarphobia: Forward thinking
https://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2009/09/forward-thinking.html

Google’s comment-ranking system will be a hit with the alt-right
https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/01/google-perspective-comment-ranking-system/

Google: Perspective API
http://www.perspectiveapi.com/#/

FBI: Sextortion
https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/sextortion

Tips on how to deal with webcam blackmail, or sextortion, if you’re a victim
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/38150192/tips-on-how-to-deal-with-webcam-blackmail-or-sextortion-if-youre-a-victim

Sextortion Advice
https://www.cleveland.police.uk/advice-information/Sextortion.aspx

‘Sextortion’ on the rise: NCA’s advice for blackmail victims
http://www.theweek.co.uk/79215/sextortion-on-the-rise-ncas-advice-for-blackmail-victims

‘Don’t take nude selfies’ and other ways men treat women with contempt
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-27/nude-selfies-and-why-men-treat-women-with-contempt/7790720

How to Avoid Email Bankruptcy: 5 Rules That Work
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/how-to-avoid-email-bankruptcy-5-rules-that-work.html

The right way to deal with ’email bankruptcy’
http://www.zdnet.com/article/the-right-way-to-deal-with-email-bankruptcy/

Language Hat: Cultural Adaptation.
http://languagehat.com/cultural-adaptation/


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Episode 299: Men Splain Things to Me (featuring Lara B. Sharp)

Do you get mansplained?

Many women will know the pain of the ‘splain, but few have documented an extended mansplain so comically or in such detail as our guest for this episode, writer Lara B. Sharp. Her narrative with Johnny by the Pool is one for the ages.

She’s helping Daniel, Ben, and Kylie bring it to life on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Activist Danny Lim has offensive behaviour conviction quashed over Tony Abbott sign
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/activist-danny-lim-has-offensive-behaviour-conviction-quashed-over-tony-abbott-sign-20170829-gy6ft4.html

‘Peace Activist’ Danny Lim Wins Appeal Over $500 Fine For Wearing Tony Abbott Poster
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/business/peace-activist-danny-lim-wins-appeal-over-500-fine-for-wearing-tony-abbott-poster/news-story/38ec8968f6b4388443a3804f46e0aa3c

Australians love to swear, especially when it comes to what you can and can’t call Tony Abbott
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/30/australians-love-to-swear-especially-when-it-comes-to-what-you-can-and-cant-call-tony-abbott

7 Filthy Jokes You Didn’t Notice in Shakespeare
http://www.cracked.com/article_20501_7-filthy-jokes-you-didnt-notice-in-shakespeare.html

Humans, cover your mouths: Lip reading bots in the wild
http://www.zdnet.com/article/lip-reading-bots-in-the-wild/

Chung, et al.: Lip Reading Sentences in the Wild (PDF)
https://www.robots.ox.ac.uk/~vgg/publications/2017/Chung17/chung17.pdf

Lara B. Sharp’s post
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10100521983008720&set=a.582436759960.2109996.5905128&type=3&theater

More Women, but Not Nearly Enough
https://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/08/more-women-but-not-nearly-enough/?_r=1

Lawyers representing asylum seekers are ‘un-Australian’: Peter Dutton
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/lawyers-representing-asylum-seekers-are-unaustralian-peter-dutton-20170827-gy5ci7.html

Peter Dutton’s comments to Alan Jones a betrayal of ‘Australian values’, lawyers say
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/29/peter-duttons-comments-to-alan-jones-a-betrayal-of-australian-values-lawyers-say

An open letter to Peter Dutton on behalf of all those ‘un-Australian’ lawyers
http://www.theage.com.au/comment/an-open-letter-to–peter-dutton-on-behalf-of-all-those-unaustralian-lawyers-20170828-gy5tk0.html

‘UnAustralian’ is a lazy insult that really needs to be retired
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/unaustralian-is-a-lazy-insult-that-really-needs-to-be-retired-20160124-gmcsnv.html

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann slams Bill Shorten’s ‘communist’ economic policy
http://www.news.com.au/national/politics/finance-minister-mathias-cormann-slams-bill-shortens-communist-economic-policy/news-story/d1134a0aa6f3b19ebc4f72f8cca2fcaf

Mathias Cormann warns of Labor’s ‘reds under the beds’
https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/mathias-cormann-warns-of-labors-reds-under-the-beds,10658

Secession plan: State Liberal Party votes in favour of WAxit
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/secession-plan-state-liberal-party-votes-in-favour-of-waxit-20170903-gy9q8m.html

WA Liberal Party votes for watered-down secession motion
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-03/wa-liberal-party-to-form-wa-exit-committee/8867918

Kate Burridge: castle
http://www.abc.net.au/tv/canwehelp/txt/s2336791.htm

Linguistic Roadshow: dance
https://lingroadshow.com/resources/englishes-in-australia/vocabulary/mapping-words-around-australia/


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Episode 296: Geophonetics, Round 3 (featuring Caleb Everett)

What’s the relationship between climate and sound?

A linguist has released a trio of papers showing that the sounds we use may be influenced by the air we breathe.
Is there anything to it? How have other scientists reacted? And how does an idea change minds?

Daniel, Ben, and Kylie talk with Caleb Everett on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Sequence Memory Constraints Give Rise to Language-Like Structure through Iterated Learning
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0168532

Everett: Languages in Drier Climates Use Fewer Vowels
http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01285/full

Oxford Dictionaries: On the radar: broflake
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2017/07/on-the-radar-broflake/

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

Micro-Generation Born Between 1977-1983 Given New Name
https://www.sammichespsychmeds.com/micro-generation-born-between-1977-1983-are-given-new-name/

Sarah Stankorb: I Made Up Xennial 3 Years Ago, So Why Is a Professor in Australia Getting All the Credit?
http://www.vogue.com/article/what-is-a-xennial-definition-attribution


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Episode 295: Yawuru (featuring Dalisa Pigram) [live at the Disrupted Festival]

The Talk the Talk team takes the stage in a special live episode at the Disrupted Festival.

The Yawuru language of Western Australia has been going dormant, but many courageous teachers are bringing it back for a new generation. Is it working? What is it to learn and teach one’s traditional language? And what is the Yawuru language like?

Daniel, Ben, and Kylie are joined by our special guest Dalisa Pigram on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

i before e except after…w?
http://www.nathancunn.com/2017-06-26-i-before-e-except-after-w/

A Student Just Debunked the Most Famous Grammar Rule of All Time
http://www.rd.com/culture/i-before-e-rule/

AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?
https://www.fastcodesign.com/90132632/ai-is-inventing-its-own-perfect-languages-should-we-let-it

Researchers shut down AI that invented its own language
http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/technology/a-step-closer-to-skynet-ai-invents-a-language-humans-can-t-read/article/498142

“The Most Worthy Rectangle”: Wikipedia Deletes Amazing List Of Fake Aussie Slang For $100 Note
http://junkee.com/wikipedia-list-slang-100-note/114214

Oxford Dictionary has a new last word
https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/oxford-dictionary-has-a-new-last-word-1.3136466

Just what does the gun emoji most commonly shoot at?
http://www.guns.com/2017/06/20/just-what-does-the-gun-emoji-most-commonly-shoot-at/

Wikipedia: Yawuru language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yawuru_language

Check This Out!–Yawuru Ngan-Ga Language App For iPhone & Android – Yawuru
https://indigenous.sl.nsw.gov.au/recent-updates/check-out-yawuru-ngan-ga-language-app-iphone-android-yawuru

Yawuru ngan-ga language app
https://vimeo.com/123160863

Yawuru Ngan-ga: A phrasebook of the Yawuru Language
https://www.magabala.com/yawurungan-ga.html

Komei Hokosawa: “My face am burning!”: quasi-passive, body parts, and related issues in Yawuru grammar and cultural concepts
Google Books link

Ethnologue: Yawuru
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/ywr

Slides for the language lesson


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Episode 294: Trademarks and Slurs (featuring Simon Tam)

Freedom of expression is again in the news.

Simon Tam has won his case before the US Supreme Court, allowing him to trademark the name of his all-Asian rock band, the Slants. But this ruling opens the door to people who want to trademark other offensive names — or hold on to existing ones. Is that okay? How do we distinguish between reclamation and vilification?

Linguist Daniel Midgley talks it over with Simon Tam on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Abraham Lincoln’s Bixby Letter Mystery Finally Solved After 150 Years
http://www.newsweek.com/abraham-lincoln-bixby-letter-john-hay-jk-rowling-639788

Abe Lincoln mystery ‘almost certainly’ solved using technique that unmasked JK Rowling
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-abe-lincoln-mystery-technique-unmasked.html

Joe Nickell’s analysis
Google Books link

Great slides from Andrea Nini
https://niniandrea.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/lss_bixby.pdf

Paper: Attributing the Bixby Letter using n-gram tracing
https://www.dropbox.com/s/yifszl1aes2ovqx/BIXBY_FINAL.pdf?dl=0

The Slants’ Simon Tam Wins Supreme Court Case to Trademark Offensive Band Name
https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/06/the-slants-win-lawsuit-to-keep-offensive-name.html

Supreme Court: Rejecting trademarks that ‘disparage’ others violates the First Amendment
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-rejecting-trademarks-that-disparage-others-violates-the-first-amendment/2017/06/19/26a33ffa-23b3-11e7-a1b3-faff0034e2de_story.html

An indie rock band just cleared the way for the Washington Redskins to keep their racist name
https://qz.com/1009567/the-washington-redskins-could-keep-their-racist-name-thanks-to-a-supreme-court-ruling-over-an-asian-american-rock-band/

Rock band The Slants’ victory in court secures your rights
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/19/opinions/free-speech-scotus-randazza-opinion/index.html

Listen to The Slants: The Band Who Must Not Be Named
http://www.theslants.com/album/the-band-who-must-not-be-named/

Seattle band Thunderpussy awaits Supreme Court ruling on controversial names
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/northwest/thunderpussy-disparaging-or-empowering-seattle-band-awaits-us-supreme-court-ruling-on-controversial-names/

Facebook community standards under scrutiny as out and proud ‘dykes’ banned
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-06/facebook-banning-algorithims-block-lesbians-from-using-dyke/8676284

Richard Dawkins deplatformed at a book talk in Berkeley for “abusive speech” about Islam on Twitter
https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2017/07/21/richard-dawkins-deplatformed-at-a-book-talk-berkeley-for-abusive-speech-about-islam-on-twitter/

Richard Dawkins’ Open Letter to the People Who Canceled His Event
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/07/21/richard-dawkins-open-letter-to-the-people-who-canceled-his-event/

Organizations have the right to not invite Richard Dawkins — or me — to speak
https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2017/07/22/organizations-have-the-right-to-not-invite-richard-dawkins-or-me-to-speak/#ixzz4nnYh6vCg

‘Disinvite’ or ‘Uninvite’?
https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/disinvite-vs-uninvite


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Episode 293: A Computer Walks into a Bar

What kind of jokes would computers write?

Humour is a very human thing to do, but can computers learn to do it? They will, if the new generation of computational linguists has their way. But what would a computer find funny? And are computer scientists funny enough to pull this off?

Daniel, Ben, and Kylie get serious about comedy on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Can quantum theory explain why jokes are funny?
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170317102438.htm

447 people have been shot and killed by police in 2017.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/police-shootings-2017/

Body cams reveal U.S. police use less respectful language with black drivers
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/06/body-cams-reveal-us-police-use-less-respectful-language-black-drivers

Paper: Language from police body camera footage shows racial disparities in officer respect
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/05/30/1702413114

How funny is this word? The ‘snunkoople’ effect
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151130131847.htm

Paper: Telling the world’s least funny jokes: On the quantification of humor as entropy (PDF)
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Cyrus_Shaoul/publication/282817301_Telling_the_world’s_least_funny_jokes_On_the_quantification_of_humor_as_entropy/links/561d46d708ae50795afd7bcd.pdf

Paper: Unsupervised joke generation from big data (PDF)
http://aclweb.org/anthology/P13-2041

Paper: Humor Recognition and Humor Anchor Extraction (PDF)
http://aclweb.org/anthology/D15-1284

Paper: HAHAcronym: A Computational Humor System (PDF)
http://aclweb.org/anthology/P05-3029

Paper: Automatic Humor Classification on Twitter (PDF)
http://aclweb.org/anthology/N12-2012

Meet the Goopies
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/fashion/gwyneth-paltrow-in-goop-health-wellness.html

Gwyneth Paltrow advises women to ‘steam-clean’ their vaginas
http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/beauty/gwyneth-paltrow-advises-women-to-steamclean-their-vaginas-20150130-131xsp.html

Gwyneth Paltrow Doesn’t Know What Goop Is Selling
http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/06/gwyneth-paltrow-goop-i-dont-know

Word ‘milk’ banned for use in branding of plant-based products
https://www.fginsight.com/news/word-milk-banned-for-use-in-branding-of-plant-based-products-22024

The Battle Over the Word ‘Milk’
https://www.outsideonline.com/2152336/should-nut-milk-be-considered-milk

The surprisingly heated political battle raging over the word ‘milk’
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/02/10/the-surprisingly-heated-political-battle-raging-over-the-word-milk/

A block of “Greek text” found its way into a newspaper page.
https://irp-cdn.multiscreensite.com/b25a98a2/files/uploaded/No%20Gains%20From%20Taking%20Drugs.pdf

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

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


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Episode 289: What Helps Babies Learn Language?

Is there anything you can do to help babies learn language?

Babies do a great job of learning language, but it’s still a pretty complex undertaking. Who wouldn’t like to help the little tackers figure it out? But does anything help babies learn language? Baby signs? Special toys?

Daniel, Ben, and Kylie are delving into the research on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Samsung develops emoji-based chat app for people with language disorders
https://arstechnica.com/business/2017/04/samsung-develops-emoji-based-chat-app-for-people-with-language-disorders/

A Stroke Survivor Explains Why Samsung’s Emoji Translation App May Not Be a Cheap Gimmick
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/a-stroke-survivor-explains-why-samsungs-emoji-translation-app-may-not-be-a-cheap-gimmick

The End Is Near for Google’s Blob Emoji
http://au.pcmag.com/google-android-o/47987/news/the-end-is-near-for-googles-blob-emoji

Baby Sign Language: Does It Work?
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2015/02/04/baby-sign-language-work/

Does Baby Sign Make a Difference?
http://www.hanen.org/helpful-info/articles/does-baby-sign-make-a-difference-.aspx

Baby sign language: An evidence-based guide
http://www.parentingscience.com/baby-sign-language.html

Is baby sign language worthwhile?
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/expert-answers/baby-sign-language/faq-20057980

Traditional Toys May Beat Gadgets in Language Development
https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/23/traditional-toys-may-beat-gadgets-in-language-development/?_r=1

Electronic Toys May Hinder Baby Language Development
http://www.npr.org/2015/12/27/461173092/electronic-toys-may-hinder-baby-language-development

Handheld screen time linked with speech delays in young children
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/aaop-hst042617.php

Music may help babies learn language skills
http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2016-04-26/music-may-help-babies-learn-language-skills/7357642

Baby talk words with repeated sounds help infants learn language
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160527112647.htm

Pretending to Understand What Babies Say Can Make Them Smarter
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/08/pretending-to-understand-what-babies-say-can-make-them-smarter/379324/

Parents, listen next time your baby babbles
https://now.uiowa.edu/2014/08/parents-listen-next-time-your-baby-babbles

Reading with children starting in infancy gives lasting literacy boost
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170504083146.htm

Storybook reading could help with language
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/04/02/storybook-reading-could-help-language

Can you see what I am talking about? Human speech triggers referential expectation in four-month-old infants
https://www.nature.com/articles/srep13594

Ask a Linguist: When should you worry about language development?
http://linguistlist.org/ask-ling/lang-acq.cfm#worry

Mark Latham’s FB message
https://www.facebook.com/MarkLathamsOutsiders/posts/1500124996695501?match=bWFyayBsYXRoYW0ncw%3D%3D

Phrase Finder: Politically correct
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/287100.html

Tony Abbott calls for Safe Schools ‘social engineering program’ to be axed
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-01/abbott-calls-for-end-to-safe-schools/7209766

RationalWiki: Cultural Marxism
http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Cultural_Marxism

‘Cultural Marxism’: a uniting theory for rightwingers who love to play the victim
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/19/cultural-marxism-a-uniting-theory-for-rightwingers-who-love-to-play-the-victim

The problem with evoking Marxism in the Safe Schools debate
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-24/bradley-marxism-and-safe-schools/7272764


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