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Episode 284: Feral Children

What can we learn about language from children who grew up without it?

People are fascinated by stories of “feral children”, raised apart from human contact. Can these children ever learn language, once they’re found? And what does this tell us about the human language faculty?

Daniel and Ben take a critical look at the stories on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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AI programs exhibit racial and gender biases, research reveals
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/apr/13/ai-programs-exhibit-racist-and-sexist-biases-research-reveals

Scientists Taught A Robot Language. It Immediately Turned Racist.
https://www.buzzfeed.com/nidhisubbaraman/robot-racism-through-language

An AI stereotype catcher
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/356/6334/133

Google searches expose racial bias, says study of names
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-21322183

The ‘three black teenagers’ search shows it is society, not Google, that is racist
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/10/three-black-teenagers-google-racist-tweet

Meet the 8-year-old girl raised by monkeys
http://nypost.com/2017/04/06/meet-the-8-year-old-girl-raised-by-monkeys/

Girl found living with monkeys in Indian forest
https://apnews.com/9bb6522fe5c642a38a62bd7f99b23708

Indian girl found in jungle was not living with monkeys, officials say
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/08/indian-girl-found-in-jungle-was-not-living-with-monkeys-officials-say

Elissa Newport: Contrasting Conceptions of the Critical Period for Language
Google Books link

The History of Herodotus
http://classics.mit.edu/Herodotus/history.2.ii.html

Erik The Flutemaker: Egyptian Flute (used with permission)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnyW3R-v19Y

Erik’s YouTube channel
https://www.youtube.com/user/theflutemaker

The King of Scotland’s Peculiar Language Experiment
http://mentalfloss.com/article/75378/king-scotlands-peculiar-language-experiment

A creepy 15th century language experiment took place on this island
http://io9.gizmodo.com/a-creepy-15th-century-language-experiment-took-place-on-1484724484?IR=T

Peter Mundy’s account of Emperor Akbar
Google Books link

The Critical Period for Language Acquisition and Feral Children
https://sites.psu.edu/psych256sp16/2016/04/21/the-critical-period-for-language-acquisition-and-feral-children/

Wikipedia: Amala and Kamala
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amala_and_Kamala

Starved, tortured, forgotten: Genie, the feral child who left a mark on researchers
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jul/14/genie-feral-child-los-angeles-researchers

The Heartbreaking Story Of Genie, A Feral Child Who Will Never Learn To Communicate
https://www.businessinsider.com.au/critical-period-for-language-acquisition-2013-10#xFbIh50RV7uI6TRo.99

Feral Children in Fact and Fiction
http://www.centerforinquiry.net/blogs/entry/feral_children_in_fact_and_fiction/

Urban Dictionary: re-accommodate
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=re-accommodate

Flight or fight? United’s ‘re-accommodation’ of passenger a colossal mistake
http://www.smh.com.au/business/aviation/flight-or-fight-uniteds-reaccommodation-of-passenger-a-colossal-mistake-20170410-gvi842.html

United C.E.O. offers the worst possible response to the airline’s P.R. disaster
http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/04/united-airlines-oscar-munoz

New United logo
http://imgur.com/gallery/SQLY2

Wiktionary: voluntell
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/voluntell

The Rice University Neologisms Database: voluntold
http://neologisms.rice.edu/index.php?a=term&d=1&t=7413

Slate: Why Do We Hate Certain Words? The curious phenomenon of word aversion.
http://www.slate.com/articles/life/the_good_word/2013/04/word_aversion_hate_moist_slacks_crevice_why_do_people_hate_words.html

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

The Enduring Mystery Of ‘Jawn’, Philadelphia’s All-Purpose Noun
http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-enduring-mystery-of-jawn-philadelphias-allpurpose-noun

Read This: The history of “jawn,” Philadelphia’s favorite all-purpose word
http://www.avclub.com/article/read-history-jawn-philadelphias-favorite-all-purpo-234368

Funky 4+1 Thats The Joint (Vinyl High Quality)
https://youtu.be/FzuskHUux6U

Language Hat: JAWN.
http://languagehat.com/jawn/


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Episode 267: Shakespeare and Marlowe (featuring Eve Siebert)

Looks like Shakespeare’s got some company.

A new edition of Shakespeare’s works credits another author — Christopher Marlowe — with some of the Bard’s work. But how can you tell? Is this just another Shakespearean conspiracy theory? And what does this mean for Shakespeare’s legacy?

Scholar and skeptic Eve Siebert talks with Daniel, Kylie, and Ben on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Facebook cartoon (discussed in promo)
https://www.facebook.com/editorial.political.cartoons/photos/a.422173394529544.98539.422169184529965/1153341188079424/?type=3&theater

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‘He’ vs ‘she’ in Australian media coverage: what the language of news tells us about gender imbalanc
https://theconversation.com/he-vs-she-in-australian-media-coverage-what-the-language-of-news-tells-us-about-gender-imbalance-67139

Julie Sedivy: Donald Trump Talks Like a Woman
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/10/trump-feminine-speaking-style-214391

John McWhorter: When linguistic analysis goes horribly wrong: no, Donald Trump doesn’t “talk like a woman”
http://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2016/10/27/13437050/donald-trump-linguistics-politico-female

Tyler Schnoebelen: Trump does NOT talk like a woman (BREAKING NEWS: gender continues to be complicated and confusing)
https://medium.com/@TSchnoebelen/trump-does-not-talk-like-a-woman-breaking-news-gender-continues-to-be-complicated-and-confusing-4c0d28b41d7#.w4y2lj8oz

A Linguistic Analysis Of Donald Trump Shows Why People Like Him So Much
http://digg.com/video/donald-trump-linguistics-answer-question

For presidential hopefuls, simpler language resonates
https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2015/10/20/donald-trump-and-ben-carson-speak-grade-school-level-that-today-voters-can-quickly-grasp/LUCBY6uwQAxiLvvXbVTSUN/story.html

Christopher Marlowe credited as one of Shakespeare’s co-writers
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/oct/23/christopher-marlowe-credited-as-one-of-shakespeares-co-writers

New Oxford Shakespeare Edition Credits Christopher Marlowe as a Co-author
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/25/books/shakespeare-christopher-marlowe-henry-vi.html

Skeptical Humanities
https://skepticalhumanities.com/about/

HONORIFICABILITUDINITATIBUS
http://www.sirbacon.org/gallery/karl.html

Texas sharpshooter fallacy
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_sharpshooter_fallacy

The Strange History of the October Surprise
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/strange-history-october-surprise-180960741/

Yes, Bernie Sanders Will Become President. Hillary Clinton’s FBI Investigation Isn’t a ‘Nothingburger’
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/yes-bernie-sanders-will-become-president_b_9726650.html

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

Early reference to “nothing-burger” in 1983
Google Books reference (see #26)

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

Are the creative arts a ‘lifestyle choice’?
http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/are-the-creative-arts-a-lifestyle-choice/7964662

No minister, creative arts are not a “lifestyle choice”
http://indaily.com.au/arts-and-culture/2016/10/24/no-minister-creative-arts-are-not-lifestyle-choice/

I was surprised to learn my career is actually a ”lifestyle choice”
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/i-was-surprised-to-learn-my-career-is-actually-a-lifestyle-choice-20161020-gs7ega.html


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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 263: We Manterrupt This Broadcast

Are you constantly getting interrupted… or manterrupted?

Well, you’re in good company. After the first Trump/Clinton debate, we couldn’t help but notice a certain man continually talking over a certain woman. So for this episode, we’re talking language and men and women, and we’re going find out who talks more, once and for all.

Linguist Daniel Midgley explains — but doesn’t mansplain — on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Machine learning has boosted Google’s translation capabilities to near-human levels
http://www.businessinsider.com/googles-translations-are-near-human-level-because-of-machine-learning-2016-9?IR=T

Google announces Neural Machine Translation to improve Google Translate
http://www.zdnet.com/article/google-announces-neural-machine-translation-to-improve-google-translate/

Google’s AI translation system is approaching human-level accuracy
http://www.theverge.com/2016/9/27/13078138/google-translate-ai-machine-learning-gnmt

Deep learning boosts Google Translate tool
http://www.nature.com/news/deep-learning-boosts-google-translate-tool-1.20696

Quartz has tested Google’s new AI-powered translator, and it needs to learn more Chinese
http://qz.com/795446/quartz-has-tested-googles-goog-new-ai-powered-translator-and-it-needs-to-learn-more-chinese/

Hillary Clinton Will Not Be Manterrupted – The New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/28/opinion/campaign-stops/hillary-clinton-will-not-be-manterrupted.html

Clinton got interrupted how many times? Debate night by the numbers
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/2016/09/27/debate-night-hofstra-university-by-the-numbers-trump-clinton/91150772/

Trump repeatedly interrupts Clinton
http://edition.cnn.com/videos/politics/2016/09/27/donald-trump-debate-art-of-interjection-origwx-js.cnn/video/playlists/2016-presidential-debate-donald-trump-hillary-clinton/

Trump interrupted Clinton 25 times in the first 26 minutes of the debate – Vox
http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/9/26/13068010/presidential-debate-2016-trump-clinton-interruptions

Trump interrupted Clinton 51 times at the debate. She interrupted him just 17 times. – Vox
http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/9/27/13017666/presidential-debate-trump-clinton-sexism-interruptions

I counted every interruption in the first presidential debate. And then I did the same for Obama-Romney. – Vox
http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/9/30/13099424/counted-donald-trump-interrupted-hillary-clinton

For many women, watching Trump interrupt Clinton 51 times was unnerving but familiar | PBS NewsHour
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/for-many-women-watching-trump-interrupt-clinton-51-times-was-unnerving-but-familiar/

What Went Down In The First Presidential Debate | FiveThirtyEight
https://fivethirtyeight.com/live-blog/first-presidential-debate-election-2016/?ex_cid=2016-forecast

Mansplaining Tips Debate Trump Interrupting Clinton
http://www.refinery29.com/2016/09/124434/clinton-debate-performance-mansplaining-advice

Why men are prone to interrupting women – Women in the World in Association with The New York Times – WITW
http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2015/03/19/google-chief-blasted-for-repeatedly-interrupting-female-government-official/

Obama’s Female Staffers Put Shine Theory to Test – Motto
http://motto.time.com/4493715/obama-staff-shine-theory/

Women on Obama’s Staff Used Amplification Tactic
http://www.attn.com/stories/11367/obamas-female-staff-used-amplification-tactics

Great intro: Gender, Status and Power in Discourse Behavior of Men and Women
http://www.linguistik-online.com/1_00/KUNSMANN.HTM

Language and gender
http://www.universalteacher.org.uk/lang/gender.htm

Slides: Language and gender
http://semantics.uchicago.edu/kennedy/classes/sum07/myths/myths4-gender.pdf

Gossip in same-gender and cross-gender friends’ conversations – LEAPERAND – 1995 – Personal Relationships – Wiley Online Library
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1475-6811.1995.tb00089.x/abstract

Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant on Why Women Stay Quiet at Work – The New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/opinion/sunday/speaking-while-female.html?_r=0

Child interruption study: Boys learn to interrupt girls as young as 4 years old
http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2014/08/14/child_interruption_study_boys_learn_to_interrupt_girls_as_young_as_4_years.html

Gender Language Differences: Women Get Interrupted More | New Republic
https://newrepublic.com/article/117757/gender-language-differences-women-get-interrupted-more

Conversation and the sexes: Johnson: Why men interrupt | The Economist
http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2014/07/conversation-and-sexes

Politeness strategies in men’s and women’s voice mail messages ‎(PDF)
http://home.earthlink.net/~p37954/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/medium.pdf

Janet Holmes & Politeness in men’s and women’s conversation
https://aggslanguage.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/janet-holmes-politeness-in-mens-and-womens-conversation/

Donald Trump debate: ‘Braggadocious’ and other bigly words Trump didn’t make up
http://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/braggadocious-the-bigly-word-donald-trump-didnt-make-up/news-story/1dccfc64014e9d7f27f8a7d86dfba91f

Is ‘Braggadocious’ A Real Word? | Lifehacker Australia
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2016/09/is-braggadocious-a-real-word/

What does braggadocious mean? — Quartz
http://qz.com/793160/what-does-braggadocious-mean/

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

‘I Guess I’m Having an Aleppo Moment’: Gary Johnson Can’t Name a Single Foreign Leader – The New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/29/us/politics/gary-johnson-aleppo-moment.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0


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

Can our furry friends understand what we’re saying?

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Episode 253: Secret Professional Slang (featuring Dr Brian Goldman and Ji-Soo Kweon)

Do you know what doctors are really saying?

How about tech support people? Or butchers? They’ve all got their own jargon that they use to communicate amongst themselves — or to exclude.

Linguist Daniel Midgley helps you crack the code on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Google’s diverse emoji for women at work approved by Unicode Consortium
http://www.theverge.com/2016/7/14/12189442/google-new-emoji-women-jobs-unicode-consortium

Google’s New Emoji Aimed At Promoting Gender Equality Are Coming
https://slashdot.org/story/16/07/14/2031255/googles-new-emoji-aimed-at-promoting-gender-equality-are-coming

Apple creates mysterious ‘eye in speech bubble’ emoji for release in iOS 9.1
http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/09/21/apple-creates-mysterious-eye-in-speech-bubble-emoji-for-release-in-ios-91-

Apple Creates New ‘Eye in Speech Bubble’ Emoji For Release in iOS 9.1
http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/news/apple-creates-new-eye-in-speech-bubble-emoji-for-release-in-ios-9-1/

Emoji ZWJ Sequences: Three Letters, Many Possibilities
http://blog.emojipedia.org/emoji-zwj-sequences-three-letters-many-possibilities/

In Praise of Emoji as Tactful Conversation-Enders
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2016/06/30/emoji_are_perfect_and_polite_ways_to_cut_off_a_written_interaction.html

Dr Brian Goldman: The Secret Language of Doctors
http://doctorbriangoldman.com/books/the-secret-language-of-doctors/

Dr Brian Goldman: Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that?
https://www.ted.com/talks/brian_goldman_doctors_make_mistakes_can_we_talk_about_that?language=en

Secret languages of doctors, waiters, flight attendants, butchers and teachers
http://www.smh.com.au/national/secret-languages-of-doctors-waiters-flight-attendants-butchers-and-teachers-20151022-gkgim1.html

Behind that tray of snags, there’s a rehctub talking backwards
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/05/26/1022243290221.html

The secret language of butchers
http://blogs.smh.com.au/lifestyle/allmenareliars/archives/2006/08/the_secret_lang_1.html

Back Slang: Butchering the Language
http://people.sc.fsu.edu/~jburkardt/fun/wordplay/back_slang.html

The Secret Language Of Flight Attendants Is Your New Inflight Entertainment
http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/flight-attendant-slang_n_6329064

The secret language of hotel staff
http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advice/accommodation/the-secret-language-of-hotel-staff/news-story/181d06db931871d8cf40cabc104328b5

The secret language of Disney cast members and what all these strange words mean
https://www.yahoo.com/style/secret-language-disney-cast-members-150014968.html

The Secret Sign Language of 1970’s Sawmill Workers were expressed through Gestures?
http://www.newsgram.com/the-secret-sign-language-of-1970s-sawmill-workers-were-expressed-through-gestures/

Eddie McGuire joked about drowning a woman on Triple M radio
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/eddie-mcguire-joked-about-drowning-a-woman-on-triple-m-radio/news-story/55c438a71968a96e381d14623c9612a9

Eddie McGuire in hot water over Caroline Wilson ice pool gibe
http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/eddie-mcguire-in-hot-water-over-caroline-wilson-ice-pool-threat-20160619-gpmp1x.html

YouTube: Steve Price calls Van Badham ‘hysterical’ on Q and A

Q&A recap: Steve Price’s ‘hysterical’ insult prompts a mic drop from Van Badham
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/qa-recap-steve-prices-hysterical-insult-prompts-a-mic-drop-from-van-badham-20160711-gq3jco

Van Badham: I’m still reeling from Q&A – but not because I was called ‘hysterical’
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/12/im-still-reeling-from-qa-but-not-because-i-was-called-hysterical

#MyOvariesMadeMe: Van Badham retort trends after heated exchange with Steve Price on Q&A
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-12/my-ovaries-made-me-trends-on-twitter-after-q&a-spat/7589942

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

5 Reasons To Stop Calling Women Crazy
http://www.bustle.com/articles/129528-5-reasons-to-stop-calling-women-crazy

‘It’s just a joke’: the subtle effects of offensive language
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/thefeed/article/2016/07/14/its-just-joke-subtle-effects-offensive-language


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Episode 249: Big Big Mailbag

It’s time to return to our mailbag and answer some questions.

Is the translating earpiece a thing? Is thing a thing? What about New Zealand English? And is it sexist to say guys?

Linguist Daniel Midgley finds out on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Pilot Bluetooth earpiece crowdfunds the dream of universal, instant language translation
http://www.cnet.com/news/pilot-bluetooth-earpiece-crowdfunds-the-dream-of-universal-instant-language-translation/

Could Two People Use Real-Time Translation to Fall in Love?
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/05/language-and-machine-learning/484028/

Ben Yagoda: I Guess ‘It’s a Thing’
http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2012/12/13/i-guess-its-a-thing/

Is That Even a Thing?
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/04/16/is-that-even-a-thing/?_r=0

Language Log: When did “a thing” become a thing?
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=25229

Proto-beat-poetry from 1900! It’s the latest thing!
Google Books link

New Zealand Accent Tip | Accents with Amy
https://youtu.be/Ab_MLnr1Q4I

Encyclopaedia of New Zealand: Story: Speech and accent
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/speech-and-accent

New Zealand English: “not an accent; it is a disease.”
https://uclinguistics.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/new-zealand-english-1/

#WordsAtWork: David Morrison wants Australians to stop saying gender-based terms like ‘guys’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-01/david-morrison-wants-australians-to-stop-saying-‘guys’/7465824

Hey guys: Oxford, Macquarie dictionary experts say using ‘guys’ is not sexist
http://www.afr.com/leadership/company-culture/hey-guys-oxford-macquarie-dictionary-experts-say-using-guys-is-not-sexist-20160601-gp8ssl

‘Gents’, ‘Fellas’, ‘Boys’ – How Language Is Telling Women They Don’t Belong
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kate-van-dellen/gents-fellas-boys-how-language_b_6980468.html

Hey You Guys, Does Being Called ‘You Guys’ Bother You?
http://www.forbes.com/2009/11/30/professional-behavior-sexism-forbes-woman-leadership-workplace-etiquette.html

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

How a Country’s Land Shapes Its Language
http://nautil.us/blog/how-a-countrys-land-shapes-its-language

Children can go through a silent period as a result of sudden exposure to a new language
Language, Culture, and Adaptation in Immigrant Children
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3526379/

What parents want to know about bilingualism
http://www.francoisgrosjean.ch/for_parents_en.html

Etymologically Redundant Expressions
http://www.fun-with-words.com/redundant_etymology.html

Redundant Phrases – Pleonasms
http://www.fun-with-words.com/redundant_phrases.html

Why is digitize so often seen in British English? Here’s digitise and digitize from the British section of the Google Ngram Corpus.

And here’s acclimatis* and acclimatiz*.

Digitize (var)
http://www.lukemastin.com/testing/spelling/cgi-bin/database.cgi?action=view_category&database=spelling&category=D

Crosswords in other languages? Why, yes!
http://alwayspuzzling.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/crosswords-in-other-languages.html


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Episode 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 232: Rabid Linguists

People are asking questions about language and gender equality.

What’s Oxford Dictionaries doing about some of its questionable definitions? And linguists are wondering why Disney princesses don’t talk more.

Linguist Daniel Midgley is listening on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Elizabeth Close’s blog post: “I don’t care for your brand of racism.”
https://adingonamedgerald.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/i-dont-care-for-your-brand-of-racism/

‘It’s Australia Day, we speak English’: Aboriginal artist ‘abused for speaking an indigenous dialect to her daughter’
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3419333/Aboriginal-artist-Elizabeth-Close-abused-speaking-indigenous-dialect-daughter.html

Ms Close was speaking Pitjantjatjara
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitjantjatjara

Is France’s unloved AZERTY keyboard heading for the scrapheap?
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-eu-35365604

France wants to fix the terrible AZERTY keyboard
http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/22/france-wants-to-fix-the-terrible-azerty-keyboard/

QWERTY vs. AZERTY: Why are French and US Keyboards Different?
http://frenchmorning.com/en/qwerty-vs-azerty-why-are-french-and-us-keyboards-different/

AFNOR page: Respect de l’écriture française : vers un nouveau modèle de clavier informatique
http://www.afnor.org/liste-des-actualites/actualites/2015/novembre-2015/respect-de-l-ecriture-francaise-vers-un-nouveau-modele-de-clavier-informatique
(It’s in French, so you might not be able to read it. But you should try, because look at all the trouble they went to.)

Word and Phrase Info
http://www.wordandphrase.info/frequencyList.asp

Michael Oman-Reagan: Sexism in the Oxford Dictionary of English
https://medium.com/space-anthropology/sexism-in-the-oxford-dictionary-of-english-6d335c6a77b5#.yognwxy94

Oxford Dictionary Agrees to Review Language After Accusations of Sexism
http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/01/25/feminism-oxford-rabid

Sexism row prompts Oxford Dictionaries to review language used in definitions
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jan/25/oxford-dictionary-review-sexist-language-rabid-feminist-gender

Oxford: How are dictionary examples chosen?
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2016/01/dictionary-examples/

A dictionary entry citing ‘rabid feminist’ doesn’t just reflect prejudice, it reinforces it
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/26/rabid-feminist-language-oxford-english-dictionary

Oxford Dictionaries Apologizes for “Rabid” Feminism Tweet; Gets Trolled by Disappointed Misogynists
http://www.themarysue.com/oxford-dictionaries-mra-trolls/

Hottest 100: Chet Faker Backtracks on Twitter Response Against Feminist Writer
http://thevine.com.au/entertainment/hottest-100-chet-faker-backtracks-twitter-response-feminist-writer/

Researchers have found a major problem with ‘The Little Mermaid’ and other Disney movies
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/01/25/researchers-have-discovered-a-major-problem-with-the-little-mermaid-and-other-disney-movies/

Linguists Try to Figure Out How Harmful Disney Princesses Are to Kids
http://io9.gizmodo.com/linguists-try-to-figure-out-how-harmful-disney-princess-1755258488

LSA: A Quantitative Analysis of Gendered Compliments in Disney Princess Films
http://www.linguisticsociety.org/abstract/quantitative-analysis-gendered-compliments-disney-princess-films

“controlled opposition”: Flat-Earthers are back: ‘It’s almost like the beginning of a new religion’
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jan/20/flat-earth-believers-youtube-videos-conspiracy-theorists

Flat wrong: the misunderstood history of flat Earth theories
https://theconversation.com/flat-wrong-the-misunderstood-history-of-flat-earth-theories-53808

Girl toys, boy toys, and parenting: The science of toy preferences in children
http://www.parentingscience.com/girl-toys-and-parenting.html

Speaking Out: The Female Voice in Public Contexts
Google Books link


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