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Episode 274: Linguistic Activism (featuring Christine Mallinson)

How can you make a difference to language?

Linguists are doing a lot of great work, but what if you’re not a linguist? Is there anything that you can do to make the world a better place for language and the people who use it?

Daniel Midgley has some ideas, and he chats with linguist Christine Mallinson on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

On 22 April, empiricists around the country will march for science
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/02/april-22-empiricists-around-country-will-march-science

March for Science – Perth, Western Australia
https://www.facebook.com/MarchForSciencePerthWA/

Green Party launches plan to teach te reo Maori to ‘every New Zealand child’
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/green-party-launches-plan-teach-te-reo-maori-every-new-zealand-child

Why does the idea of te reo Māori as a core subject make so many people flip out?
http://thespinoff.co.nz/society/03-02-2017/why-does-the-idea-of-te-reo-maori-as-a-core-subject-make-so-many-people-flip-out/

Māori Language Policy
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1607/S00199/maori-language-policy.htm

Māori Language Week / Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2017
http://planeta.com/maorilanguageweek/

Maori particles
http://everything2.com/title/Maori+particles

English-only speakers find learning Te Reo difficult
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/213544/english-only-speakers-find-learning-te-reo-difficult

Ethnologue: Maori in the Language Cloud
https://www.ethnologue.com/cloud/mri

Kickstarter: language
https://www.kickstarter.com/discover/advanced?ref=nav_search&term=language

The Endangered Languages Project
http://www.endangeredlanguages.com

Volunteering with the Refugee Council of Australia
http://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/volunteering/

AMES Australia
https://www.ames.net.au/find-sites

Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)
https://central.wa.edu.au/amep/Pages/default.aspx

Read Write Now
http://www.read-write-now.org

volunteering.org.au: “language” in WA
https://volunteeringwa.org.au/volunteers/find-a-position/position-search-results#/search/language/?Locations=WA

New app Valuable Voices builds awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity in the classroom
http://news.umbc.edu/new-app-valuable-voices-builds-awareness-of-linguistic-and-cultural-diversity-in-the-classroom/

Valuable Voices on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/valuable-voices/id1145710477?mt=8

Phrase Detectives
http://anawiki.essex.ac.uk/phrasedetectives/

Wordrobe
http://wordrobe.housing.rug.nl/Wordrobe/public/HomePage.aspx

Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year: Committee’s Choice and People’s Choice announced!
https://www.macquariedictionary.com.au/resources/view/word/of/the/year/

Ben Pobjie: Halal Snack Pack isn’t a word: It’s time to boycott Big Dictionary
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-02/halal-snack-pack-isnt-a-word-boycott-dictionary/8234744

Pauline Hanson loses it over halal snack packs
http://www.news.com.au/national/federal-election/pauline-hanson-loses-it-over-halal-snack-packs/news-story/a52ed6c717833bdc81c14839e5de9518

ACL: Multiword Expressions
https://www.aclweb.org/aclwiki/index.php?title=Multiword_Expressions

Morphological Typology: Modes of attachment (PDF)
http://sites.middlebury.edu/lngt101fall2015/files/2015/10/morphological-typology-of-languages-from-the-language-files.pdf

Morphological Typology
http://allthingslinguistic.com/post/50939757945/morphological-typology-illustrations-from

yous v youse

The tale of Benny and Jenny
http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/09/the-tale-of-benny-and-jenny/

Meet Ben’s Sister Jane, History’s Forgotten Franklin
http://www.wbur.org/npr/231431080/meet-bens-sister-jane-historys-forgotten-franklin


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Episode 268: Dialect (featuring Kathryn Hymes and Hakan Seyalioglu)

Are dying languages worth saving?

That’s the concept of a new game that allows players to explore language creation, language community, and language death, all in the course of an evening. Heavy concepts. How does it work?

Linguist Daniel Midgley talks to the game’s creators, Kathryn Hymes and Hakan Seyalioglu, on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

Foreign Accent Syndrome: This American Teen Woke Up Speaking Spanish
https://www.inverse.com/article/22798-what-is-foreign-accent-syndrome

Before his coma he spoke English; after waking up he’s fluent in Spanish
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/10/24/health/teen-spanish-new-language-trnd/

High school goalkeeper wakes up from a coma speaking fluent SPANISH
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c085GtExevo

Teen Wakes Up From Coma Speaking Fluent Spanish: ‘It Was Weird’
http://time.com/4542967/teen-coma-fluent-spanish-georgia/

Linguistic prodigy: 4yo Russian girl speaks 7 languages, incl Chinese & Arabic (VIDEO)
https://www.rt.com/viral/363656-child-prodigy-seven-languages/

Incredible four-year-old speaks seven languages fluently
http://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/europe/incredible-fouryearold-speaks-seven-languages-fluently/news-story/15e9bbebdc574e1c0f57eece6aa907a1

Thorny Games: Dialect
http://www.thornygames.com/dialect-rpg/

Kickstarter: Dialect: A Game about Language and How it Dies
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/347698129/dialect-a-game-about-language-and-how-it-dies

One Shot Podcast: 168. Dialect Part 1
http://oneshotpodcast.com/podcasts/one-shot/168-dialect-part-1/

LANGUAGE MATTERS: What do we lose when a language dies, and what does it take to save one?
http://www.pbs.org/program/language-matters/

Could the dominance of English harm global scholarship?
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35282235

Court finds ‘f— Fred Nile’ not offensive language at marriage equality rally
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/court-finds-f-fred-nile-not-offensive-language-at-marriage-equality-rally-20161025-gs9ymc.html

It’s Perfectly Legal To Tell Anti-LGBT People To “Fuck Off”, Judge Says
https://www.buzzfeed.com/aliceworkman/fck-fred-nile

The ‘F Word’ Is No Longer Deemed Offensive In Australia
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2016/10/the-f-word-is-no-longer-deemed-offensive-in-australia/

Bono Would Call Appeals-Court Decision ‘Fucking Brilliant’
http://www.vulture.com/2007/06/bono_would_call_this_appeals_cou.html

Why are we still celebrating the art of Eric Gill?
http://www.womensviewsonnews.org/2015/07/why-are-we-still-celebrating-the-art-of-eric-gill/


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Episode 257: Alien Languages

What would an alien language be like?

The new trailer for the film Arrival has got us pretty excited, and there’s even a whole field of study called xenolinguistics. How will we know what to say when we make contact?

Linguist Daniel Midgley explores the final frontier on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

Try out problems from the International Linguistic Olympiad
http://www.ioling.org/problems/

Apple to replace gun emoji with water pistol when iOS 10 rolls out
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/03/apple-to-replace-gun-emoji-with-water-pistol-when-ios-10-rolls-out.html

Herhold: Apple got it right in changing emoji to water gun
http://www.mercurynews.com/scott-herhold/ci_30258541/apple-got-it-right-changing-gun-emoji

Microsoft replaced its toy gun emoji with a real revolver
http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/4/12382894/microsoft-emoji-toy-gun-revolver-update-apple

Finally, a Hollywood sci-fi alien movie with a linguist as the hero
http://qz.com/761363/finally-a-hollywood-sci-fi-alien-movie-with-a-linguist-as-the-hero/

‘Arrival’: First Full Trailer Further Reveals Denis Villeneuve’s Alien Encounter
http://collider.com/arrival-trailer-amy-adams-jeremy-renner/

Alien Linguists Like Amy Adams’s Character in ‘Arrival’ Exist
https://www.inverse.com/article/19803-arrival-alien-linguist-amy-adams

The Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang (PDF)
https://mathisgasser.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/ted-chiang_story-of-your-life_2000.pdf

Wittgenstein Light: Real Refreshment
https://wittgensteinforum.wordpress.com/2007/06/13/wittgenstein-if-a-lion-could-speak-we-could-not-understand-him-pi-p223/

Humpty Dumpty was a Wittgensteinian?
https://inferential.wordpress.com/2007/02/20/humpty-dumpty-was-a-wittgensteinian/

Why We Would Not Understand a Talking Lion (PDF)
http://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1811&context=bts

Could We Understand Their Language?
http://personal.bgsu.edu/~swellsj/xenolinguistics/presentation.html

Languages without adjectives
https://linguistlist.org/issues/4/4-442.html

Driverless cars need Australia’s latitude and longitude coordinates to be corrected
http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-28/why-it-matters-that-australias-coordinates-are-moving/7668014

What is a Datum?
https://www.maptoaster.com/maptoaster-topo-nz/articles/projection/datum-projection.html

Australia’s GPS Was Off Because the Whole Country Moved
http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/a22125/australia-gps/

Australia moving up in the world… literally
http://phys.org/news/2016-07-australia-world-literally.html

Language is messy, part 2: Arabic script in “Arrival”
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=27588

Hong Kong netizens rage over Hollywood film ‘Arrival’ poster blunder
http://mashable.com/2016/08/22/arrival-movie-poster-blunder/


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Episode 254: Plagiarism

Did Melania Trump really plagiarise that speech?

Yeah, she totally did. But how can you tell if someone is copying someone else’s work? How do plagiarism checkers work? And can you beat them?

Linguist Daniel Midgley shows his work on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Authorities fry hard to fix Korean menus lost in translation http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/07/116_209371.html

Korea to fix mistranslations on English menu http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2016/07/135_209516.html

Kylie’s post on signs on the Sydney foreshore https://www.facebook.com/rtrfmtalkthetalk/posts/1364794563547332

Melania Trump speech appears to plagiarize Michelle Obama
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/288274-melania-trump-speech-plagiarized-paragraph-from-michelle-obamas-2008

Team Trump shows how not to respond to a controversy
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/team-trump-shows-how-not-respond-controversy

Trump campaign rolls out brand new plagiarism explanation
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-campaign-rolls-out-brand-new-plagiarism-explanation

Where Does “Your Word Is Your Bond” Come From, and Why Did Melania Steal It? http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2016/07/19/your_word_is_your_bond_history_and_origins_from_matthew_to_hip_hop.html

Anne Charity Hudley’s Facebook post: “Your word is your bond” https://www.facebook.com/AnneHarperCharityHudley/posts/10100909532616217?pnref=story

Here’s Why Some People Believe Melania Trump’s Speechwriter Doesn’t Really Exist http://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/heres-why-some-people-believe-melania-trumps-speechwriter-doesnt-really-exist.html

Yes, Melania Speech Fall Woman Meredith McIver Is Real. Here’s Proof. http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/07/20/yes_meredith_mciver_is_a_real_person_here_s_proof.html

Text: Remarks by First Lady Laura Bush to the Republican National Convention http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A50438-2004Aug31.html

Melania Trump: Astrophysicist calculates there was one in 87 billion chance speech was not plagiarised
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-20/maths-on-melania-trump-speech/7643658

Melania Trump speech: The odds of a word match
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/19/melania-trump-speech-the-odds-of-a-word-match.html

Weird and Funny Novelty Bets offered by William Hill and Notable Payouts
http://www.soccerwidow.com/football-gambling/betting-knowledge/betting-advice/bookmakers/weird-and-funny-novelty-bets-offered-by-william-hill-and-notable-payouts/

N-grams data: Corpus of Contemporary American English
http://www.ngrams.info/download_coca.asp

Did Melania Trump Rickroll in her Republican convention speech? http://www.rappler.com/entertainment/news/140321-melania-trump-rickroll-republican-convention-speech

Nowhere to Hide: Finding Plagiarized Documents Based on Sentence Similarity (PDF) http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1149&context=facpub

Turnitoff – Defeating Plagiarism Detection Systems (PDF) http://www.cs.surrey.ac.uk/BIMA/People/L.Gillam/downloads/publications/HEA-ICS_turnitoff.pdf

Plagiarism Detection across Distant Language Pairs (PDF)
http://mt-archive.info/Coling-2010-Barron.pdf

Melania Trump And The Age Of Borrowed Language http://www.forbes.com/sites/rodgerdeanduncan/2016/07/20/melania-trump-and-the-age-of-borrowed-language/

Stop referring to Pokémon Go as augmented reality
http://venturebeat.com/2016/07/14/stop-referring-to-pokemon-go-as-augmented-reality/

L. Frank Baum envisioned AR glasses: Augmented reality history, background and philosophy https://wiki.mq.edu.au/display/ar/Augmented+reality+history,+background+and+philosophy

Sorry AP, there is an accent mark in Pokémon
http://mashable.com/2016/07/12/pokemon-spelling-ap-style/

What’s that é doing in Pokémon? Wiktionary: saké
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/saké

There May Be Four Region Exclusive Pokemon in ‘Pokemon GO’ http://toucharcade.com/2016/07/22/pokemon-go-exclusives/

#115: Kangashkan
http://pokedream.com/pokedex/pokemon/kangaskhan

The Straight Dope: Did humans descend from “aquatic apes”?
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1991/did-humans-descend-from-aquatic-apes


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Episode 228: Ludlings

Kids love to play, and that includes playing with language.

These language games, or ludlings, are played by kids around the world, and they can be fun, or confusing, or just maddening to adults. But don’t worry.

Linguist Daniel Midgley makes it easy to understand on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Indigenous Languages Will Become A HSC Subject from 2016
http://www.pedestrian.tv/news/arts-and-culture/indigenous-languages-will-become-a-hsc-subject-fro/4a8c5eea-510b-4417-8d52-b258f975303d.htm

Australia developing first ever school curriculum for Indigenous languages
http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/may/25/australia-developing-first-ever-school-curriculum-for-indigenous-languages?CMP=share_btn_tw

Stanford researchers uncover patterns in how scientists lie about their data
http://news.stanford.edu/pr/2015/pr-fraud-science-papers-111615.html

Markowitz and Hancock: Linguistic Obfuscation in Fraudulent Science
http://jls.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/11/05/0261927X15614605.abstract

What Studies of Retractions Tell Us
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4278466/

The Super Secret World of Ludlings – You Know, for Kids!
http://daily.jstor.org/super-secret-world-ludlings-know-kids/

Don Laycock: Towards a Typology of Ludlings, or Play-Languages
http://www.researchgate.net/publication/234622653_Towards_a_Typology_of_Ludlings_or_Play-Languages

The Pig Latins of 11 Other Languages
http://mentalfloss.com/article/50242/pig-latins-11-other-languages

The Secret Languages of English
http://literaryashland.org/?p=3135

Etymonline: Pig Latin
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=Pig+Latin&allowed_in_frame=

Straight Dope: What’s the origin of pig Latin?
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2163/whats-the-origin-of-pig-latin

English to Pig Latin Translator
http://www.snowcrest.net/donnelly/piglatin.html

Gibberish on Slums of Beverly Hills
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEcoDiRfK7k

Wikipedia has a detailed list of language games
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_game

Language Games: Allspråket, Mattenenglisch & Louchébem
http://www.thelinguafile.com/2012/12/language-games-allspraket.html

What’s the origin of Pig Latin? (Info on the dialects)
http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/4219/whats-the-origin-of-pig-latin

Pig Latin as a diagnostic tool
https://books.google.com.au/books?id=GfahZ6HS1rYC&lpg=PT280&ots=1DORwFG204&dq=p%22pig%20latin%22%20cognition&pg=PT280#v=onepage&q=%22pig%20latin%22%20cognition&f=false

Dyslexic kids have a hard time with Pig Latin
http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/parents/learn-about-dyslexia/what-is-dyslexia

New Mapping Tools Show Just How Bad China’s Air Pollution Really Is
http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/environment/new-mapping-tools-show-just-how-bad-chinas-air-pollution-really-is

China pollution climbs to perilous levels on eve of Paris climate talks
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-30/china-smog-climbs-to-perilous-levels-on-eve-of-climate-talks/6987906

-pocalypse
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=-pocalypse

“Most useful” ADS 2012
http://www.americandialect.org/hashtag-2012

Double Dutch
http://mindly.org/tutorial/howto/Learn_to_Speak_Double_Dutch

Bahasa F
http://honeymeow.blogspot.com.au/2008/10/do-you-speak-f-language.html?m=1


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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 210: Listener Feedback

We get a lot of feedback from listeners.

So for this episode, we decided to answer questions, and settle some scores. We even ask the musical question: “How do you alphabetise your music collection?”

All on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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The Ladyslipper — a long-running catalogue for music by and for women (and everybody else).
https://www.ladyslipper.org

Feast Your Eyes on This Beautiful Linguistic Family Tree
http://mentalfloss.com/article/59665/feast-your-eyes-beautiful-linguistic-family-tree

The Wave Model of language change
https://prezi.com/_uvdnnm68kkl/wave-model-for-language-change/

What can you do with Linguistics?

Why are some words not allowed in Scrabble
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125676618

Offensive words omitted from the OSPD3
http://home.teleport.com/%7Estevena/scrabble/expurg.html


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Episode 206: Baby Talk, or Not?

Everyone seems to use baby talk on babies. And linguists think it helps them learn language.

But a new study says dads don’t do it as much. Does it matter? And what kind of input helps children learn?

Linguist Daniel Midgley takes some quality time on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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This 7-week-old baby is not saying “hello”
http://karenstollznow.com/this-7-week-old-baby-is-not-saying-hello/

No one should ever say ‘said no one ever’
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/14/no-one-should-ever-say-said-no-one-ever

Eduard Khil – Official Trolololo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32UGD0fV45g

Lists of memes
http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2012/06/the-100-greatest-internet-memes-of-all-time/
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/catchphrases
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Internet_phenomena

Chinese fans left ‘close to tears’ by clumsy Avengers: Age of Ultron subtitles
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/may/14/chinese-fans-left-close-to-tears-by-clumsy-avengers-age-of-ultron-subtitles

Avengers: Age of Ultron gets hysterical Chinese translations, moves filmgoers to tears
http://www.digitaltrends.com/movies/avengers-chinese-translations/

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Subtitles Leave Chinese Baffled
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/age-ultron-subtitles-baffle-chinese-795308

Avengers: Age of Ultron Has Some Confusing Chinese Translations
https://nerdist.com/avengers-age-of-ultron-has-some-confusing-chinese-translations/

Quora: What is the funniest translation you have ever heard or read?
http://www.quora.com/What-is-the-funniest-translation-you-have-ever-heard-or-read

“I don’t understand French. All the previous subtitles were made up and I’m not making up any more…”
http://www.quora.com/What-is-the-funniest-translation-you-have-ever-heard-or-read/answer/Xiao-Chen-32

Dads should cut out the baby talk to improve their child’s language skills, study stays
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/dads-should-cut-out-the-baby-talk-to-improve-their-childs-language-skills-study-stays-10262127.html

Modern dads may do diapers but not baby talk, WSU study finds
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/science/modern-dads-may-do-diapers-but-not-baby-talk-study-finds/

Child-Directed Speech of Fathers
http://www.linguisticsociety.org/abstract/child-directed-speech-fathers

Quality of Words, Not Quantity, Is Crucial to Language Skills, Study Finds
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/17/us/quality-of-words-not-quantity-is-crucial-to-language-skills-study-finds.html?_r=1

Slide presentation by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek (PDF)
https://www.relmidatlantic.org/sites/default/files/general_uploads/How%20High%20Quality%20Language%20Environments%20Create%20High%20Quality%20Learning%20Environments_Kathy%20Hirsh-Pasek.pdf

We Need To Decide How To Spell The Abbreviation Of “Casual”
http://www.buzzfeed.com/stephanieanderson/cazj-or-cas?bffb&utm_term=4ldqphp#.hhJemRZG1

The new Scrabble words make you fear for the English language
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-new-scrabble-words-make-you-fear-for-the-english-language-10265688.html

Go Forth And Pwn For Shizzle, Word List Guardians Tell Scrabble Players
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/05/21/408508565/go-forth-and-pwn-for-shizzle-say-scrabble-word-list-s-guardians


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Episode 205: Lost Writing

The written word lasts longer than speech, at least in principle.

But what happens when a writing system is lost in the mist of history? Lost writing can be deciphered, but these scripts have resisted all attempts.

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


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NoForbiddenQuestions raises the Talk Signal

— NoForbiddenQuestions (@NFQblog) May 18, 2015

The venereal game
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1113761/

The Venereal Game: or, You Don’t Have a Dirty Mind, Do You…?
https://newsoutherngentleman.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/the-venereal-game-or-you-dont-have-a-dirty-mind-do-you/

50 Collective Nouns to Bolster Your Vocabulary
http://mentalfloss.com/article/33580/50-collective-nouns-bolster-your-vocabulary

Wikipedia: List of English terms of venery, by animal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_terms_of_venery,_by_animal

Oxford Dictionaries: What do you call a group of …?
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/what-do-you-call-a-group-of

Lehrer, 1986: English Classifier Constructions (PDF)
http://semantics.uchicago.edu/kennedy/classes/f11/na/docs/lehrer86.pdf

About waters and coffees: This countable/non-countabe thing is kind of recent.
Junichi Toyota: When the Mass Was Counted: English as Classifier and Non-Classifier Language (PDF)
http://www.skase.sk/Volumes/JTL13/pdf_doc/07.pdf

Twitter announces crackdown on abuse with new filter and tighter rules
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/21/twitter-filter-notifications-for-all-accounts-abuse

Women, Action, and the Media: Twitter’s Abuse Problem: Now With Actual Solutions And Science
http://womenactionmedia.org/twitter-report/

Twitter’s new anti-harassment filter screens out online trolls and abuse
http://www.theage.com.au/comment/twitters-new-antiharassment-filter-screens-out-online-trolls-and-abuse-20150401-1mcjym.html

How Twitter’s New Abuse Filter Could Backfire
http://readwrite.com/2015/04/23/twitter-abuse-filter-backfire

Here’s how Twitter is finally attempting to cut down on harassment
http://bgr.com/2015/03/24/twitter-harassment-policy-feature/

Arika Okrent: 7 Ancient Writing Systems That Haven’t Been Deciphered Yet
http://mentalfloss.com/article/12884/7-ancient-writing-systems-havent-been-deciphered-yet

Omniglot: Undeciphered scripts
http://www.omniglot.com/writing/undeciphered.htm

Old European / Vinča / Danube script
http://www.omniglot.com/writing/vinca.htm

More about Vinča script
http://www.prehistory.it/ftp/winn.htm

Wikipedia: Phaistos Disc
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phaistos_Disc

Huffington Post: Scientists Finally Crack The Code Of The Ancient ‘Phaistos Disk’
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/28/ancient-cd-rom-phaistos-disk-code_n_6055178.html

Omniglot: Linear A
http://www.omniglot.com/writing/lineara.htm

Ancient Scripts: Linear A
http://www.ancientscripts.com/lineara.html

Omniglot: Linear B
http://www.omniglot.com/writing/linearb.htm

Riddle of the script: how the world’s most fiendish language puzzle was solved
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/10158135/Riddle-of-the-script-how-the-worlds-most-fiendish-language-puzzle-was-solved.html

Why Girls Love The Dad Bod
http://theodysseyonline.com/clemson/dad-bod/97484

The “Dad Bod” Is In At The Moment And We Couldn’t Be Happier About It
http://www.theladbible.com/articles/the-dad-bod-is-in-at-the-moment-and-we-couldn-t-be-happier-about-it

Give me an easy-going ‘dad bod’ any day
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/17/vain-preening-men-versus-dad-bods-no-contest

The Dadbod: Why beer guts are hotter than 6-packs
http://www.cbc.ca/news/trending/the-dadbod-why-beer-guts-are-hotter-than-6-packs-1.3058032

We need to talk about the Dad Bod
http://www.dailylife.com.au/news-and-views/dl-opinion/we-need-to-talk-about-the-dad-bod-20150504-ggu0wc.html

The Real Problem With The Dad Bod Trend
http://elitedaily.com/life/problem-dad-bod-trend/1024023/

‘Dad Bod’ Is a Sexist Atrocity
http://time.com/3846828/dad-bod-is-a-sexist-atrocity/

Kristin Schaal on the Daily Show: ‘Dad Bod’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRcrHP4xmlg


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Episode 172: Why It’s Hard to Learn a Language

Anyone who’s tried to learn a foreign language knows that it can take a lot of work.

Yet children seem to learn languages easily. How do they do it? And why should you try learning a language?

Linguist Daniel Midgley tells you on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Scrabble is getting new words with the OSPD 5
http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/269875451.html

including “chillax” and “frenemy”
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/selfie-frenemy-playable-scrabble-article-1.1891614#AB1CTt8boj4WvvMO.97

Word of Inuit origin are making their debut
http://time.com/3080213/scrabble-dictionary-words-selfie-frenemy-bromance/

And two-letter words: yum!
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Official_English_Scrabble_2-letter_words

Schools cut foreign languages
https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/24592129/schools-cut-foreign-languages/

Noam Chomsky’s thinks language acquisition is different for kids.
http://www.nancho.net/advisors/chomsky.html

Maybe adult learners are trying too hard.
http://www.livescience.com/46938-why-adults-struggle-with-new-languages.html

The original article in PLOS ONE
http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0101806

This is a pretty good intro to the ‘Less is More’ hypothesis, even though the authors find evidence against it.
http://www2.psychology.uiowa.edu/faculty/gupta/pdf/ludden-gupta.cogsci2000.pdf

Another good book treatment.
Google Books link

Two formative article for the ‘less is more’ hypothesis (PDF)
Johnson and Newport 1989 http://www.bcs.rochester.edu/people/newport/pdf/Johnson_NewportCogPsy89.pdf
Newport 1990
http://pages.pomona.edu/~rt004747/lgcs123read/Newport90.pdf

Why learn a language? Well, people are more logical and less affected by emotional arguments in a foreign language
http://www.thelocal.es/20140108/people-are-more-logical-in-a-second-language

Or are they just more willing to push a guy off a bridge?
http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21602192-when-moral-dilemmas-are-posed-foreign-language-people-become-more-coolly

It can earn you more.
http://lifehacker.com/how-much-money-learning-a-foreign-language-is-worth-1546400464

It can forestall the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111013121701.htm
http://www.livescience.com/12917-learning-language-bilingual-protects-alzheimers.html

And the effect seems to hold even if you’re a later learner.
http://www.livescience.com/46048-learning-new-language-brain.html

Duolingo is a way of learning a language.
www.duolingo.com

What is metadata?
http://www.zdnet.com/au/metadata-what-we-know-and-who-wants-it-7000032368/

It’s not really well-defined.
http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/what-is-metadata-and-should-you-worry-if-yours-is-stored-by-law-20140806-100zae.html

We need more information about this.
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2014/08/we-dont-have-enough-data-about-metadata-plans/

Like, really.
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/06/you-want-my-metadata-george-brandis-get-a-warrant


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‘Moreover’ by Wire
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‘Weightless’ by Washed Out
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