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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 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 286: Lexical Appropriation (featuring Nicole Holliday)

Are some words off-limits?

Many of us are aware of cultural appropriation: using symbols and clothing that pertain to another culture without attribution. But how does this relate to language? Is it okay to use the slang that originates from other language communities? And what about descriptivism and letting language do its thing?

Daniel speaks with Nicole Holliday on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Malcolm Turnbull reveals tough new citizenship crackdown
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/speak-english-respect-our-values-malcolm-turnbulls-next-citizenship-crackdown-20170419-gvnq0y.html

PM defends tough citizenship English test
https://thewest.com.au/politics/pm-defends-tough-citizenship-english-test-ng-s-1713179

6 new requirements to acquire Australian citizenship
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/hindi/en/article/2017/04/21/6-new-requirements-acquire-australian-citizenship

Joint Media Release with the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister – Strengthening the integrity of Australian citizenship
http://www.minister.border.gov.au/peterdutton/Pages/Strenghening-the-integrity-of-Australian-citizenship.aspx

There is one silver lining for Indians in Australia’s tough new citizenship rules: English skills
https://qz.com/966681/there-is-one-silver-lining-for-indians-in-australias-tough-new-citizenship-rules-english-skills/

English Language Bar for Australian Citizenship Likely to Further Disadvantage Refugees
https://theconversation.com/english-language-bar-for-citizenship-likely-to-further-disadvantage-refugees-76520

Henry Sherrell: English language testing and the exclusion of Australian citizenship
https://henrysherrell.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/english-language-testing-and-the-exclusion-of-australian-citizenship/

Nicole Holliday: When is lexical innovation cultural appropriation?
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2017/04/cultural-appropriation-lexical-innovation/

Golden Pig, Coffin Man and Noodles: When Asian tattoos don’t turn out quite as planned
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2190806/Golden-Pig-Coffin-Man-Noodles-When-Asian-tattoos-dont-turn-quite-planned.html

Manipulation, abuse, deceit: How I learnt about ‘stealthing’ from a Tinder date
http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/manipulation-abuse-deceitl-how-i-learnt-about-stealthing/8480696

Man Convicted of Rape After Removing Condom During Sex Without Consent
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/man-convicted-of-rape-after-removing-condom-during-sex-without-consent

‘Rape-Adjacent’: Imagining Legal Responses to Nonconsensual Condom Removal
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2954726

Boris Johnson attacks ‘mutton-headed mugwump’ Jeremy Corbyn
https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/political-parties/conservative-party/boris-johnson/news/85431/boris-johnson-attacks-mutton

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

Online Etymology Dictionary: mugwump
http://etymonline.com/index.php?term=mugwump&allowed_in_frame=1


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Episode 281: The Emoji Code (featuring Vyvyan Evans)

Why does everyone ❤️ and 😡 emoji?

Emoji have been received enthusiastically in our electronic communication, and yet complaints about them continue. Is there anything wrong with using them? Are they really the equivalent of modern-day hieroglyphics? Do they represent a step backwards?

Daniel and Ben speak with digital communications expert Vyvyan Evans, author of The Emoji Code, on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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AP style change: Singular they is acceptable ‘in limited cases’
https://www.poynter.org/2017/ap-style-change-singular-they-is-acceptable-in-limited-cases/453356/

Question from ACES2015: Is it time to accept ‘they’ as a singular pronoun?
https://www.poynter.org/2015/question-from-aces2015-is-it-time-to-accept-they-as-a-singular-pronoun/330339/

Controversy over emojis used in NAPLAN practice questions
http://www.news.com.au/technology/gadgets/mobile-phones/controversy-over-emojis-used-in-naplan-practice-questions/news-story/a05c4fb508d5d7bd54749ef13faa75b2

Emojis in sample NAPLAN test cause alarm amongst educators | Herald Sun
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/emojis-in-sample-naplan-test-cause-alarm-amongst-educators/news-story/367d293fb70e67210474fb153007f708

NAPLAN: using emoji to test English | The Courier-Mail
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/opinion-classic-literary-texts-beats-dumb-txts/news-story/15e9f2f3ba5d7183d0b7164facab2b9e

Professor Vyvyan Evans
http://www.vyvevans.net

Why Millennial Pink Refuses to Go Away
http://nymag.com/thecut/2017/03/why-millennial-pink-refuses-to-go-away.html

The colour I showed Ben

When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink?
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/when-did-girls-start-wearing-pink-1370097/

The Surprisingly Recent Time Period When Boys Wore Pink, Girls Wore Blue, And Both Wore Dresses
http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2014/10/pink-used-common-color-boys-blue-girls/

Pantone: Introducing Rose Quartz & Serenity
https://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2016

The evolution of Japanese color vocabulary over the past 30 years
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170302090820.htm

The Evolving Poetry Of Japanese Color Names
https://www.asianscientist.com/2017/03/in-the-lab/japan-colors-terms-evolution/

There Is No Word In The English Language For This Gorgeous Color
https://www.good.is/articles/what-color-is-this

xkcd: Color Survey Results
https://blog.xkcd.com/2010/05/03/color-survey-results/

Emojipedia: Exploding Head
http://emojipedia.org/shocked-face-with-exploding-head/

These Are The 10 Most Popular Emojis Used In 2016
http://www.elle.com.au/news/zeitgeist/2016/12/most-popular-emojis-2016/

Historical Thesaurus of English: Words for underwear
http://historicalthesaurus.arts.gla.ac.uk/category/?id=53582&qsearch=underwear&word=underwear&page=1


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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 260: Promoting LOTE (featuring Annie Demosthenous)

Language learning is important. Loads of kids are taking languages other than English (or LOTE). Lots of people are teaching them.

But for all that, we’re just not learning them. So why not? Are we doing it wrong? Not starting early enough? Or is it the culture of language learning in English-speaking countries? More importantly, how do we fix it?

Language teacher Annie Demosthenous chats with Daniel, Ben, and Kylie on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Negative campaign: Votes sought for most disliked English word
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/aug/25/negative-campaign-votes-sought-for-most-disliked-english-word

Oxford Dictionaries’ campaign to find most hated English word scrapped
http://www.newkerala.com/news/2016/fullnews-111238.html

Now we’ll never know what the English language’s least favourite word is
http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2016/08/27/now-well-never-know-what-the-english-languages-least-favourite-word-is/

Offensive language ruins search for world’s worst word
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-37197699

#OneWordMap: mapping the world’s least favourite words
“Update: We regret to inform users that due to severe misuse we have had to remove this feature from our website.”
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2016/08/one-word-map-least-favourite-word/#

Part 1: Why LOTE is having trouble

Fewer students are taking languages
https://blogs.crikey.com.au/fullysic/2016/06/15/solve-australias-language-learning-crisis/

Schools are cutting back
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/diplomatic-tensions-as-italian-and-greek-phased-out-of-school-20160805-gqlwpf.html

It’s difficult to teach LOTE anyway, with students get 1 hour a week.
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/teachers-know-dripfed-languages-fail-to-take-hold-20121102-28pms.html

We don’t have a culture of language learning in English-speaking countries
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Challenging-Australias-monolingual-mindset

What’s the big deal? Everyone speaks English
https://theconversation.com/why-native-english-speakers-fail-to-be-understood-in-english-and-lose-out-in-global-business-54436

Part 2: How to fix it

Should we be getting students to speak their home language (if they have one), instead of making everyone choose Indonesian or French?
https://theconversation.com/how-we-kill-languages-and-fail-our-cleverest-children-29137

How about dual-language programmes?
http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/dual-language-books-bridge-culture-language-for-english-learners-in-edmonton

How about language nests?
https://theconversation.com/language-nests-a-way-to-revive-indigenous-languages-at-risk-19824

Just making language learning compulsory?
https://theconversation.com/how-to-make-australia-more-bilingual-42609

What Is The Millennial Whoop? Once You Hear This Virulent Pop Hook You Won’t Be Able To Unhear It
http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/what-is-the-millennial-whoop-songs

“The Millennial Whoop”: The same annoying whooping sound is showing up in every popular song
http://qz.com/767812/millennial-whoop/

The Millennial Whoop: the melodic hook that’s taken over pop music
https://www.theguardian.com/music/shortcuts/2016/aug/30/millennial-whoop-pop-music

You might not know what the Millennial Whoop is but you have definitely heard it
http://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/16330/you-might-not-know-what-the-millennial-whoop-is-but-you-have-definitely-heard-it

The millennial whoop: the key to modern pop
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p046j43s

Best Classical Tunes: Search with a virtual piano
http://bestclassicaltunes.com/DictionaryPiano.aspx


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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 250: Comma Sutra (featuring Louisa Fitzhardinge)

The Talk the Talk team is taking a break, but Daniel jumped at the chance to speak to Louisa Fitzhardinge, whose new comedy show ‘Comma Sutra’ looks at the lighter side of the use — and misuse — of grammar.

But linguists and self-described grammar mavens don’t always get along. Is concern for good grammar necessary, or does it lead to linguistic discrimination?


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Louisa Fitzhardinge: News
http://www.louisafitzhardinge.com/#!news/ur1ar


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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 246: Yiddish (featuring Ben Zimmer)

Do you know from Yiddish?

A controversial new hypothesis has surfaced about its origins, but does it stand up to the data? And are you using Yiddish words without even knowing it?

Daniel Midgley speaks with lexicographer Ben Zimmer on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Google to Developers: Here’s How to Stop Making Dumb Chatbots
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601440/google-to-developers-heres-how-to-stop-making-dumb-chatbots/

Google is giving away the tool it uses to understand language, Parsey McParseface
http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/12/11666414/google-parsey-mcparseface-tensorflow-open-source-language-tool

Announcing SyntaxNet: The World’s Most Accurate Parser Goes Open Source
http://googleresearch.blogspot.com.au/2016/05/announcing-syntaxnet-worlds-most.html

Professor reveals to students that his assistant was an AI all along
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/innovation/professor-reveals-to-students-that-his-assistant-was-an-ai-all-along-20160513-gou6us.html

History & Development of Yiddish
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/yiddish.html

Yiddish Language and Culture
http://www.jewfaq.org/yiddish.htm

The Secret Slang of the Diamond District
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/26/magazine/the-secret-slang-of-the-diamond-district.html?_r=0

Articles for Elhaik’s research — this is not well-accepted by linguists!

Uncovering ancient Ashkenaz – the birthplace of Yiddish speakers
https://theconversation.com/uncovering-ancient-ashkenaz-the-birthplace-of-yiddish-speakers-58355

Was Yiddish A Secret Language Invented On The Silk Road?
http://www.vocativ.com/310611/yiddish-silk-road/

Yiddish may have originated in Turkey, not Germany
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2016-04/20/yiddish-origin-turkey-dna-analysis

Articles against Elhaik’s research — closer to correct

Asya Pereltsvaig: Is Yiddish to Be Traced to Turkey?
http://www.languagesoftheworld.info/bad-linguistics/yiddish-traced-turkey.html

Jordan Kutzik: Don’t Buy the Junk Science That Says Yiddish Originated in Turkey
http://forward.com/opinion/339676/dont-buy-the-junk-science-that-says-yiddish-originated-in-turkey/

The Yiddish Handbook: 40 Words You Should Know
http://www.dailywritingtips.com/the-yiddish-handbook-40-words-you-should-know/

Old Jews explaining Yiddish words will make your day
http://www.jewishjournal.com/cache/old_jews_explaining_yiddish_words_will_make_your_day.html?/videojew/item/old_jews_explaining_yiddish_words_will_make_your_day

Ben Zimmer: The Hidden History of “Glitch”
https://www.vocabulary.com/articles/wordroutes/the-hidden-history-of-glitch/

Ben Zimmer: A History of Meh, from Leo Rosten to Auden to The Simpsons
http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2013/09/06/meh_etymology_tracing_the_yiddish_word_from_leo_rosten_to_auden_to_the_simpsons.html

Metalinguistic shmetalinguistic: The phonology of shm-reduplication
http://www.academia.edu/209796/Metalinguistic_shmetalinguistic_The_phonology_of_shm-reduplication

Rules Shmules: 5 Phonetic Pitfalls of Shm- Reduplication
http://mentalfloss.com/article/51600/rules-shmules-5-phonetic-pitfalls-shm-reduplication

Oy Vey: Yiddish Has a Problem
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/09/yiddish-has-a-problem/379658/

[Ads-l] HuffPost interview query: “Dumpster fire” (Reply from Barry Popik)
http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2016-May/142337.html

New words added to OxfordDictionaries.com: dumpster fire
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2016/05/dumpster-fire/

Google Trends: dumpster fire
https://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=dumpster%20fire

Our National Dumpster Fire
http://www.weeklystandard.com/our-national-dumpster-fire/article/2002272

Who What Why: Sheldon Adelson’s Newspaper Is a Dumpster Fire
http://whowhatwhy.org/2016/05/07/sheldon-adelsons-newspaper-dumpster-fire/


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