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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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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

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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 272: Sing Loud Sing Proud (featuring Jo Randell)

The Noongar language is getting a boost through song.

A unique Fringe event will see singers — Aboriginal and not — blending their voices in songs featuring the Noongar language, as well as other languages of Australia.

Daniel and Kylie talk to choir coordinator Jo Randell on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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The mind-blowing AI announcement from Google that you probably missed.
https://medium.freecodecamp.com/the-mind-blowing-ai-announcement-from-google-that-you-probably-missed-2ffd31334805#.rpc7zlv6n

The Great A.I. Awakening (Good explanation of neural nets.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/14/magazine/the-great-ai-awakening.html?_r=0

Google’s AI Can Now Translate Between Languages It Wasn’t Taught to Translate Between
https://futurism.com/googles-ai-can-now-translate-between-languages-it-wasnt-taught/

Google’s AI just created its own universal ‘language’
http://www.wired.co.uk/article/google-ai-language-create

Google Translate AI invents its own language to translate with
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2114748-google-translate-ai-invents-its-own-language-to-translate-with/

Google’s AI can translate language pairs it has never seen
https://www.engadget.com/2016/11/24/google-ai-translate-language-pairs-it-has-never-seen/

Madjitil Moorna
http://www.madjitilmoorna.org.au/home

SING LOUD, SING PROUD, WARANGKA NOONGAR (tickets)
https://www.fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/event/sing_loud_sing_proud_warangka_noongar/bec85cd1-aaef-444a-8b6c-bae7bb740ba9/

Inaugural address: Trump’s full speech
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/20/politics/trump-inaugural-address/index.html

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

White House press secretary attacks media for accurately reporting inauguration crowds
http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/21/media/sean-spicer-press-secretary-statement/index.html

Origin of the expression “never argue with someone who buys ink by the barrel”
http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/67527/origin-of-the-expression-never-argue-with-someone-who-buys-ink-by-the-barrel

Crowd Estimates (Women’s March)
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xa0iLqYKz8x9Yc_rfhtmSOJQ2EGgeUVjvV4A8LsIaxY/edit#gid=0

Pussyhat Project
https://www.pussyhatproject.com

Donald Trump: Women’s marches in Australia, New Zealand launch post-inauguration protests
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-21/global-womens-marches-kick-off-in-new-zealand,-australia/8200236

The absolute best signs from the Women’s March
https://news.vice.com/story/womens-march-best-signs

The Best, Nastiest Protest Signs From the Women’s March on Washington
http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2017/01/21/the_best_protest_signs_from_the_women_s_march_on_washington.html

Kellyanne Conway v Chuck Todd: “Alternative Facts”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_tiAf_jFUo

The Handbook of the History of English: please
Google Books link


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Episode 239: Animal Syntax

Other animals don’t have language like we do, but some of them might be getting awfully close.

A recent experiment claims that some birds use a form of syntax — that they combine their signals in a way that’s always been thought to be unique to humans. Are these bird brains on to something?

Linguist Daniel Midgley sets things in order on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Microsoft’s New Twitter Bot Becomes Nazi Sympathizing Maniac Within 24 Hours
http://theantimedia.org/microsofts-new-twitter-bot-becomes-nazi-sympathizing-maniac-within-24-hours/

Microsoft: Tay
https://www.tay.ai

Microsoft killed its first sentient AI
https://imgur.com/gallery/VhlAW

Artificially Intelligent Robot Tells Creator It Will Keep Humans “In a People Zoo”
http://theantimedia.org/artificially-intelligent-robot-tells-creator-it-will-keep-humans-in-a-people-zoo/

A new study will figure out if cats pick up the dialects of their owners
http://www.sciencealert.com/a-new-study-will-figure-out-if-cats-pick-up-the-dialects-of-their-owners

WATCH: Do you understand what your cat is saying?
http://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/article/watch-do-you-understand-what-your-cat-is-saying

Syntax is not unique to human language
http://phys.org/news/2016-03-syntax-unique-human-language.html

Bird Uses Linguistics Thought to Be Exclusively Human
http://www.i4u.com/2016/03/106816/bird-uses-linguistics-thought-be-exclusively-human

Ape ‘language ace’ gets tripped up by simple grammar
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/03/ape-language-ace-gets-tripped-simple-grammar

Dendrophobia in Bonobo Comprehension of Spoken English (PDF)
http://evolang.org/neworleans/pdf/EVOLANG_11_paper_87.pdf

$380 million ship may be named Boaty McBoatface thanks to an online poll
http://www.smh.com.au/world/380-million-ship-may-be-named-boaty-mcboatface-thanks-to-an-online-poll-20160320-gnmtvx.html

Commuters salute guard after ‘Trainy McTrainface’ pulls into Waterloo
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/commuters-salute-guard-after-trainy-mctrainface-pulls-into-waterloo-a3209291.html

Mar 14th ’11: “I agree though. He’s definitely Sexy McSexFace. <3”
http://www.babygaga.com/t-1619410/you-watch-army-wives.html

Insulting nicknames involving “face”
http://ask.metafilter.com/166971/Gimme-some-nicknames-Dorks

Simpsons: Rome-old and Juli-eh — the origin of Esteban De La Sexface
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0918867/

From Cool McCool to Boaty McBoatface: An Investigationy McInvestigation
http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2016/03/25/boaty_mcboatface_mcdreamy_tits_mcgee_and_the_internet_s_favorite_naming.html


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Episode 234: Disruptive Language Tech

What happens when computers can use language like humans can? Language workers may be out of a job.

Translators, teachers, and others are watching with concern. But is there reason to think that we’re on the verge of solving all the computational language problems? Or are some things just too hard for computers?

Linguist Daniel Midgley gazes into the crystal ball on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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xkcd 1140: Calendar of Meaningful Dates
http://www.xkcd.com/1140/

Missing 11th of the Month
http://drhagen.com/blog/the-missing-11th-of-the-month/

Port Angeles street signs honor Klallam history
http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20160214/news/302149975/port-angeles-street-signs-honor-klallam-history

Canada’s new national font was designed to include aboriginal languages
http://qz.com/574312/canadas-official-new-united-font-was-designed-to-include-aboriginal-languages/

Canada’s New Typeface Unifies the Country’s Many Languages
http://www.wired.com/2015/12/canadas-new-typeface-unifies-the-countrys-many-languages/

City Debuts Local Punjabi Street Signs
http://www.ckpg.com/2015/12/10/local-punjabi-street-signs/

Dual Naming Project takes off in Denmark (PDF)
http://www.noongar.org.au/images/pdf/forms/SWALSC_Newsletter_August_edition2_2013.pdf

Robots will take over most jobs within 30 years, experts warn
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/12155808/Robots-will-take-over-most-jobs-within-30-years-experts-warn.html?WT.mc_id=tmgoff_pq_fb_20150423

The Language Barrier Is About to Fall
http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-language-barrier-is-about-to-fall-1454077968

Tech is removing language barriers – but will jobs be lost in translation?
http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/sep/19/tech-removing-language-barriers-jobs-lost-translation

Push technology: why online translation may be Googling interpreters out of a job
http://www.dw.com/en/push-technology-why-online-translation-may-be-googling-interpreters-out-of-a-job/a-17979947

The Translator’s Blues
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/webhead/2006/01/the_translators_blues.html

Does rise of machine translations threaten interpreters?
http://www.ecns.cn/2016/01-28/197408.shtml

Cats and Dogs Trigger Machine Translation Row in Canada
https://slator.com/technology/cats-and-dogs-trigger-machine-translation-row-in-canada/

Scientists develop ‘psychic robot’ that can predict our actions
http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-develop-psychic-robot-that-can-predict-our-actions

Dr. Bellos or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Machine Translation
http://www.worldaccent.com/blog/2012/08/machine-human-translation.html

First Dog on the Moon
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2016/feb/12/gravitational-waves-science-should-go-out-and-buy-a-lottery-ticket-right-now

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have something in common
http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/what-do-trump-and-sanders-have-in-common-508860995748

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

From Mike:

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Episode 221: Getting the Picture (featuring Matt Purver)

A picture is worth a thousand words.

But the task of figuring out what’s going on in a picture has left computers speechless — until now. New language tech is making it happen. But what are the ethical issues connected with this kind of task?

Computational linguist Matt Purver talks to Daniel Midgley on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Liberals swear more on Twitter than rightwingers, says study
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/sep/16/liberals-swear-more-on-twitter-than-rightwingers-says-study

Paper: Twitter Language Use Reflects Psychological Differences between Democrats and Republicans
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0137422

Cheering German crowds greet refugees after long trek from Budapest to Munich
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/05/refugee-crisis-warm-welcome-for-people-bussed-from-budapest

Germany expects over a million refugees this year
http://www.smh.com.au/world/germany-expects-over-a-million-refugees-this-year-20151011-gk6i29.html

Germany translates its constitution into Arabic to help refugees integrate
https://www.rt.com/news/317115-germany-translates-constitution-arabic/

Austria: German language app launched for migrant children
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/austria-german-language-app-launched-migrant-children-1523164

New German language app for refugee kids
http://www.thelocal.at/20151008/austria-launches-language-app-for-refugee-children

German Lessons for Young Refugees: New Words for Farid
https://www.goethe.de/en/spr/mag/20505317.html

Duolingo Plans To Offer Free German Lessons To Syrian Refugees
http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/duolingo-german-lessons-syrian-refugees_5602e8e7e4b0fde8b0d0e792?section=australia&adsSiteOverride=au

Duolingo: German for Arabic Speakers
https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/de/ar/status

Cute kitten
http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/clubpenguinpookie/images/d/d0/Extremely-cute-kitten_large.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140614000321

Two guys playing frisbee
http://il8.picdn.net/shutterstock/videos/2360786/thumb/1.jpg

Privacy ends October 13, 2015
http://www.echo.net.au/2015/09/privacy-ends-october-13-2015/

Metadata laws to be introduced on Tuesday, but there are still some unanswered questions
http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/metadata-laws-to-be-introduced-on-tuesday-but-there-are-still-some-unanswered-questions/story-fn5j66db-1227561529736

Scott Ludlam: #StopDataRetention
http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/campaigns/stopdataretention

Egg corn: “To the manner/manor born”
http://www.word-detective.com/2011/10/to-the-manner-manor-born/

More eggcorns
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2013/02/when-does-wrong-become-right/


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Episode 77: Robot Baby

Computers are terrible at learning language. Would they be any better if they learned it like humans have to?

A team of computer scientists has built a ‘robot baby’ that is interacting with people and learning to speak. Ground-breaking, or just creepy?

Linguist Daniel Midgley babbles away on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Main article
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/06/robot-talk/

Another:
http://blogs.herts.ac.uk/research/2012/06/14/new-discoveries-with-language-learning-robots/

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