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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 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 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 241: Emoji Disasters

What happens when emoji go wrong?

We all love to use emoji, but their inherent ambiguity means that misunderstandings can happen — not only across cultures, but across devices.

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


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Skeptic’s Dictionary: Myers-Briggs
http://skepdic.com/myersb.html

OCEAN scale
http://psychology.about.com/od/personalitydevelopment/a/bigfive.htm

Grammar Police Influenced By Personality Traits
http://wemu.org/post/grammar-police-influenced-personality-traits#stream/0

Personality influences how one reacts to email errors
http://www.healthcanal.com/life-style-fitness/71647-personality-influences-how-one-reacts-to-email-errors.html

The actual paper: If You’re House Is Still Available, Send Me an Email: Personality Influences Reactions to Written Errors in Email Messages
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0149885

Emojipedia
http://emojipedia.org

Sassy hand girl! 💁

High-five? or prayer? 🙏

Person raising both hands in celebration 🙌

Grinning face with smiling eyes 😁

What Your Favourite Emoji Symbols Actually Mean
http://www.popsugar.com.au/celebrity/What-Do-Emoji-Faces-Symbols-Mean-34639445#opening-slide

We’re All Using These Emoji Wrong
http://www.wired.com/2015/05/using-emoji-wrong/

No, the Praying Hands Emoji Is Not a “High Five”
http://gawker.com/no-the-praying-hands-emoji-is-not-a-high-five-1613936693

Can YOU decipher these emoji messages? Translators from 11 regions misunderstand ‘universal’ symbols – with hilarious results
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3196583/Can-decipher-emoji-messages-Translators-11-regions-misunderstand-universal-symbols-hilarious-results.html

What’s that emoji mean? It all depends on the device you’re using
http://www.pcworld.com/article/3053967/consumer-electronics/whats-that-emoji-mean-it-all-depends-on-the-device-youre-using.html

Careful… That Emoji Might Mean Something Very Different To Its Recipient
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2016/04/careful-that-emoji-might-mean-something-very-different-to-its-recipient/

9 Emojis That Look Completely Different on Other Phones
http://mentalfloss.com/article/70879/9-emojis-look-completely-different-other-phones

Investigating the Potential for Miscommunication Using Emoji
http://grouplens.org/blog/investigating-the-potential-for-miscommunication-using-emoji/

The actual paper: “Blissfully happy” or “ready to fight”: Varying Interpretations of Emoji
http://grouplens.org/site-content/uploads/Emoji_Interpretation.pdf

What does Slacktivism mean?
https://www.techopedia.com/definition/28252/slacktivism

The Panama Papers: leaktivism’s coming of age
http://www.theguardian.com/news/commentisfree/2016/apr/05/panama-papers-leak-activism-leaktivism

From Ricki: the dreaded Android hairy heart!
http://blog.emojipedia.org/android-50-emoji-changelog/

Phrase Finder: “talk the talk”
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/walk-the-walk.html


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Episode 238: Questions, Questions

Our listeners have questions, and we have answers.

Why do we say boo? or a whole ‘nother? And our Latin-minded friends have a few questions, as well.

Linguist Daniel Midgley answers them all on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Boaty McBoatface: Man behind the name apologises to company for social media ‘storm’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-22/boaty-mcboatface-inventor-apologises-to-nerc-for-storm/7265842

The linguistics of signifying time: The human gesture as clock
http://www.mpi.nl/the-linguistics-of-signifying-time-the-human-gesture-as-clock

Study Uncovers Unusual Method of Communicating Human Concept of Time
http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/linguistics/nheengatu-language-method-concept-time-03711.html

Early draft of Dr Floyd’s paper (PDF)
http://www.linguisticsociety.org/sites/default/files/archived-documents/Lg_92.1_Floyd.pdf

Global scare tactics: how to say “boo”
https://www.languagetrainers.com/blog/2011/01/07/global-scare-tactics-how-to-say-boo/

A Biography Of ‘Boo’ Across The World
http://www.npr.org/2014/10/31/360461195/a-biography-of-boo-across-the-world

When Did Ghosts Start Saying “Boo”?
http://www.slate.com/articles/life/explainer/2011/10/why_do_ghosts_say_boo_.html

An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language:
Google Books link

TravelTexas missed a big opportunity.
https://www.traveltexas.com/#/

Linguists discuss a whole ‘nother
https://linguistlist.org/issues/14/14-2909.html

Tmesis: A Whole Nother Word to Use!
https://speechdudes.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/tmesis-a-whole-nother-word-to-use/

What’s a “Napron”?
http://maevemaddox.com/books/bibliography/whats-a-napron

Examples of a whole ‘nother from the Cambridge History of the English Language
Google Books link

Is Irregardless a Word?
http://blog.dictionary.com/is-irregardless-a-word/

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

Phubbing: An invented word that might be too useful to ignore
http://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/phubbing-words-we%27re-watching

Etymonline: snub
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=snub&allowed_in_frame=0


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Episode 233: Comedy in Translation (featuring Kuah Jenhan)

A joke’s a joke, but is it still funny in translation? How does a comic have to adapt things for different language audiences? And what’s going on in Malaysia’s burgeoning comedy scene?

Multilingual writer and comedian Kuah Jenhan is in the studio with Daniel, Ben, and Kylie on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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The full list (PDF, French)
http://www.orthographe-recommandee.info/enseignement/regles.pdf

End of the circumflex? Changes in French spelling cause uproar
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35496893

Changes to spellings of over 2,000 French words sparks outrage
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/backlash-erupts-after-francer-changes-spelling-of-thousands-of-words-a6853551.html

Not the oignon: fury as France changes 2,000 spellings and drops some accents
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/05/not-the-oignon-fury-france-changes-2000-spellings-ditches-circumflex

French Spelling Changes, 26 Years in the Making, Cause a Fracas
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/06/world/europe/french-spelling-changes-26-years-in-the-making-cause-a-fracas.html?_r=0

People Are Freaking Out Over France’s Proposal To Remove The Circumflex
http://www.buzzfeed.com/krishrach/you-say-oignon-i-say-chill#.xw6eKqGzW

Quelle horreur! #JeSuisCirconflexe takes off with changes to French language
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/02/05/quelle-horreur-jesuiscirconflexe-takes-off-with-changes-to-french-language.html

A Time article from the 1990s (paywall):
http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,972149,00.html

Wikipedia: Use of the circumflex in French
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Use_of_the_circumflex_in_French

Kuah Jenhan – Like This Like Dad
http://www.fringeworld.com.au/program/event/2b9074b2-2acc-463f-a6ff-6b3f610a4312/

A few facts about language shift in Malaysia
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/messeas/maltamil/node2.html

Indian Scientists Develop World’s First Zika Vaccine
https://www.good.is/articles/zika-virus-vaccine-brazil-india

Zika virus: Etymology
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Zika_virus#Etymology

Wikipedia: Zika Forest
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zika_Forest

Mapping Zika: From A Monkey In Uganda To A Growing Global Concern
http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/02/05/464442791/mapping-zika-from-a-monkey-in-uganda-to-a-growing-global-concern

Zika outbreak forces India’s Tata Motors to rename car
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/zika-outbreak-forces-india-tata-motors-rename-car-160203193201541.html

Indian carmaker Tata to change Zica car name after Zika virus spread
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/feb/02/indian-carmaker-tata-change-zica-car-name-zika-virus

11 Brand Names That Simply Couldn’t Survive the Times
http://www.adweek.com/news-gallery/advertising-branding/11-brand-names-simply-couldnt-survive-times-163440

Aunty English in: Aunty English on the Bus


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Episode 225: Shakespeare in Translation 1 (featuring Lue Douthit)

Shakespeare’s plays have been with us for 400 years. Is it time for an update?

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has commissioned all the Bard’s plays to be translated into contemporary English. How will this work? And what’s the reaction?

Oregon Shakespeare Festival director Lue Douthit talks to linguist Daniel Midgley on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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What a Mass Exodus at a Linguistics Journal Means for Scholarly Publishing
http://chronicle.com/article/What-a-Mass-Exodus-at-a/234066

Clarifying a few facts for Elsevier and their response to Lingua
https://www.martineve.com/2015/11/05/clarifying-a-few-facts-for-elsevier-and-their-response-to-lingua/

Language Log: Lingua is dead. Long live Glossa!
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=22162

MIT: Open Access FAQ
https://libraries.mit.edu/scholarly/mit-open-access/general-information-about-open-access/open-access-faq/

Wikipedia: Washington Redskins name controversy
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Redskins_name_controversy

Redskins Cite Protected Products With Controversial Language in Trademark Appeal
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2585622-redskins-cite-protected-products-with-controversial-language-in-trademark-appeal

Obama again urges Redskins name change
http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2015/11/06/obama-washington-redskins-adidas-tribal-nations-conference/75281088/

Obama suggests Adidas help Redskins change name
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/nov/5/obama-suggests-adidas-help-redskins-change-name/

California bans use of “Redskins” name
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/10/11/california-bans-use-of-redskins-name/

Spokane Indians Change Jerseys to Salish Language
http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/10/12/spokane-indians-change-jerseys-salish-language-162046

Spokane Indians’ New Uniforms Have Team Name in Native Spokane Salish Language
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spokane-indians-new-uniforms-have-team-name-native-spokane-salish-language-180950168/?no-ist

Spokane Indians baseball uniforms sport Salish word
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/mar/16/spokane-indians-baseball-players-uniforms-sport/

Wikipedia: Salish-Spokane-Kalispel language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salish-Spokane-Kalispel_language

William Shakespeare’s Plays to Be “Translated” into Modern English http://playbill.com/news/article/william-shakespeares-plays-to-be-translated-into-modern-english-364393

Oregon Shakespeare Festival: About Us
https://www.osfashland.org/en/experience-osf/education/about-us.aspx

A Facelift for Shakespeare
http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-facelift-for-shakespeare-1443194924

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Launches Shakespeare Translation Project
http://www.americantheatre.org/2015/09/30/oregon-shakespeare-festival-launches-shakespeare-translation-project/

What Can Be Done About the Incomprehensibility of Shakespeare?
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/put-differently/92750/shakespeare-as-you-like-it-language

O Romeo, Romeo, What The Heck Are You Saying?
http://www.npr.org/2015/10/17/449270557/o-romeo-romeo-what-the-heck-are-you-saying

Does ‘translating’ Shakespeare into modern English diminish its greatness?
https://theconversation.com/does-translating-shakespeare-into-modern-english-diminish-its-greatness-48297

David Marcus from the Federalist: Are We Too Dumb For Shakespeare?
http://thefederalist.com/2015/11/02/are-we-too-dumb-for-shakespeare/

Fresh Shakespeare from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
http://www.orartswatch.org/fresh-shakespeare-from-the-oregon-shakespeare-festival/

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

Five Reasons Why People Code-Switch
http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2013/04/13/177126294/five-reasons-why-people-code-switch

“Many a mickle makes a muckle” or something.
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/mickle


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Episode 224: Bad Linguistics

Did the Australian accent appear as a result of drunkenness?

Is texting a sign of declining literacy?

Is business jargon killing English?

Of course not. It’s rubbish. All of it. But when bad linguistics comes to town, few can resist its appeal. What are the facts behind these fables?

Linguist Daniel Midgley is not here to make friends on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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‘Spring Awakening’ Returns To Broadway — In Sign Language
http://www.npr.org/2015/10/13/448379000/spring-awakening-returns-to-broadway-in-sign-language

Theater Combines Verbal, Sign Language In Romeo And Juliet Production
http://abc7chicago.com/entertainment/theater-combines-verbal-sign-language-in-romeo-and-juliet-production/1062553/

A Deaf artist explains the rules of ‘sound etiquette’ — and why she’s kicking them to the curb
http://www.techinsider.io/deaf-artist-christine-sun-kim-2015-10

Oral vs. Sign Debate
http://www.zak.co.il/d/deaf-info/old/oral_sign

The Oral vs. Sign Debate
http://www.npr.org/programs/disability/ba_shows.dir/revoluti.dir/highlights/oralsign.html

Understanding Deafness: Not Everyone Wants to Be ‘Fixed’
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/08/understanding-deafness-not-everyone-wants-to-be-fixed/278527/

Why NASA Needs a Programmer Fluent In 60-Year-Old Languages
http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/a17991/voyager-1-voyager-2-retiring-engineer/

The History of FORTRAN
http://www.obliquity.com/computer/fortran/history.html

Fortran/Hello world
https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Fortran/Hello_world

“Hello, World!” in Assembly
http://www2.latech.edu/~acm/helloworld/asm.html

Australia, we need to talk about the way we speak
http://www.theage.com.au/comment/the-fourth-r-missing-from-australian-education-20151025-gkhv8k.html

Is there a problem with the way Australians speak?
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drive/is-there-a-problem-with-the-way-australians-speak/6886106

Knowing the Aussie accent
http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/history-culture/2014/07/knowing-the-aussie-accent

The Conversation: The Aussie accent is drink-related? That’s just a hangover from our cultural cringe
https://theconversation.com/the-aussie-accent-is-drink-related-thats-just-a-hangover-from-our-cultural-cringe-49956

Macquarie linguistics on the basis for the Australian accent
http://clas.mq.edu.au/australian-voices/history-accent-change

David Crystal: On a one-word reaction to reports about drunken Aussie accents
http://david-crystal.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/on-one-word-reaction-to-reports-about.html

Nope, The Aussie Accent Doesn’t Come From Our Forefathers Being Sloshed
http://www.pedestrian.tv/news/arts-and-culture/nope-the-aussie-accent-doesnt-come-from-our-forefa/6de4cc05-61c8-4011-afce-040e9e47b50c.htm

Claims Aussie accent slurred because our forefathers were always drunk ‘absolute rubbish’ says expert
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-28/aussies-slur-their-words-because-our-forefathers-were-drunk/6892910

When media gets drunk on absurdity and tries to tell us we’re the ones who sound drunk
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/fullysic/2015/10/29/when-media-gets-drunk-on-absurdity-and-tries-to-tell-us-we’re-the-ones-who-sound-drunk/?wpmp_switcher=mobile

Reddit is skeptical
https://www.reddit.com/r/badlinguistics/comments/3qmt1l/australia_we_need_to_talk_about_the_way_we_speak/

The Guardian: The ‘drunken Aussie accent theory’ is another slur on our rich use of English
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/30/the-drunken-aussie-accent-theory-is-another-slur-on-our-rich-use-of-english

CNN: Is the Australian accent due to booze, mate?
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/29/living/australia-accent-alcohol-theory-feat/

Relax ‘Straya, You’re Not Talking Like Illiterate Drunkards
https://newmatilda.com/2015/11/01/relax-straya-youre-not-talking-like-illiterate-drunkards/

Dean Frenkel has done this kind of thing before
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/fullysic/2011/11/07/a-reply-from-dean-frenkel/

Jonathan Swift: “Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it.”
http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/07/13/truth/

David Penberthy: Why I despair at the laziness that’s destroying literacy in the modern world
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/opinion/david-penberthy-why-i-despair-at-the-laziness-thats-destroying-literacy-in-the-modern-world/story-fni6unxq-1227572642770?sv=96564364d385180a22a7c87a9e3c1e84

Don Watson’s Worst Words: how jargon is killing the language
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/weekend-australian-magazine/don-watsons-worst-words-how-jargon-is-killing-the-language/story-e6frg8h6-1227588619146

Sound effect: Sad Piano Music (THIS WILL MAKE YOU CRY / Saddest Piano & Violin Ever!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWIE0PX1uXk

Men are taking photos of their balls in front of beautiful landscapes
http://metro.co.uk/2015/10/27/men-are-taking-photos-of-their-balls-in-front-of-beautiful-landscapes-5465223/

nutscaping.com (NSFW)
http://nutscaping.com

nutscapes.com (NSFW)
http://nutscapes.com

(Which is better?)


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Episode 219: Eggcorns

Have you heard of eggcorns?

They’re off-quoted sayings that sometimes reel their ugly heads, and some might just leave you curled up in the feeble position.

Are they wrong? That might be a bit of a mute point. But can you tell the difference between an eggcorn and the real thing?

Linguist Daniel Midgley discusses them in one foul swoop on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Google Ngram Viewer: “There is plenty of, There are plenty of
There’s Three Variants: Paper presented at LSA 2015 by Bonnie Krejci and Katherine Hilton, Stanford University (PDF)

http://stanford.edu/~khilton/Krejci+Hilton_LSA_2015.pdf

To Find Meteorites, Listen to the Legends of Australian Aborigines
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/find-meteorites-listen-legends-australian-aborigines-180952941/?no-ist

Australian Aboriginal Stories of Ancient Sea-Level Rise Preserved for 13,000 Years
http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/linguistics/science-aboriginal-stories-australia-03272.html

Revealed: how Indigenous Australian storytelling accurately records sea level rises 7,000 years ago
http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/sep/16/indigenous-australian-storytelling-records-sea-level-rises-over-millenia

Eggcorn: The Invented Word That Describes Invented Words
http://io9.com/eggcorn-the-invented-word-that-describes-invented-word-1629293915

This Is What ‘Eggcorns’ Are (and Why They’re Jar-Droppingly Good)
http://time.com/3902230/what-is-an-eggcorn/

Eggcorns? Here, here!
https://uwelingo.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/eggcorns-here-here/

‘Eggcorns’: The Gaffes That Spread Like Wildflowers
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/05/30/410504851/eggcorns-the-gaffes-that-spread-like-wildflowers

Google’s Ngram Viewer
https://books.google.com/ngrams

‘raucous’
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=raucous&allowed_in_frame=0

“A real tro*per”
http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/forum/viewtopic.php?id=1867

trooper vs. trouper
http://grammarpartyblog.com/2012/10/03/trooper-vs-trouper/

“exasperating the situation”
http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2010-September/102978.html

“firstable”
http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/category/english/

“supposably”
http://www.grammarly.com/blog/2014/supposably-is-a-word-but-theres-a-99-chance-you-dont-know-how-to-use-it/

Which one swooped? Fowl, foul or fell? (Aside from the obvious.)
http://glenjplayer.com/2012/10/one-fowl-foul-fell-felon-swoop/

the “bud” of someone’s jokes
http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/english/291/bud/

nip in the “butt”
http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/english/135/butt/

coming down the “pike”
http://www.word-detective.com/2009/08/mondegreen-vs-eggcorn/

“buck” naked
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/buck_naked#Etymology

Bu?? Naked
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/001351.html

Butt To Buck, Start To Stark, Or Vice Versa?
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/001959.html

Duc* tape
http://www.octanecreative.com/ducttape/duckvsduct.html

Hear, hear
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hear,_hear

Is It Straitjacket Or Straightjacket?
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2013/02/is-it-straitjacket-or-straightjacket/

“straight” jacket is more common in books.

People emit a ‘germ cloud’ of bacteria as unique as a fingerprint, study finds
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/11883473/People-emit-a-germ-cloud-of-bacteria-as-unique-as-a-fingerprint-study-finds.html

Congressman grabs pope’s water glass, takes a sip
http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article36805737.html

Science Has Bad News for Guys With Man Buns
http://mic.com/articles/125687/science-has-bad-news-for-guys-with-man-buns

Science says the glorified man bun is a dangerous trend
http://www.aol.com/article/2015/09/23/science-says-the-glorified-man-bun-is-a-dangerous-trend/21240055/

#FreeKaren: Australians mock anti-radicalisation booklet
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-34355577

#freekaren: Govt’s school handout slammed for linking West Aust shark cull protest to radicalisation
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2015/s4319916.htm

Kevin Rudd: To the Good Burghers of Griffith
http://www.kevinruddmp.com/2013/11/to-good-burghers-of-griffith.html

burgher (n.)
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=burgher&allowed_in_frame=0

Etymology of borough, -burg, bourgeois, burglar
https://ewonago.wordpress.com/tag/origin-of-burgher/

Eggcorn: bi-election
http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/english/529/bi-election/


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Episode 215: Is Cantonese Endangered? (featuring Zoe Lam)

When we think of endangered languages, we tend to think of those with a small number of speakers in remote areas.

We don’t usually think of Cantonese.

And yet this language with millions of speakers on multiple continents is facing some big changes, and linguists are sounding the alarms.

Linguist Zoe Lam speaks with Daniel Midgley on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Fairfax leading jihad to bring down Abbott Government, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-01/fairfax-abc-trying-to-bring-government-down-dutton-says/6739158

Miley Cyrus goes undercover to find out what people really think of her
http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/71569568/miley-cyrus-goes-undercover-to-find-out-what-people-really-think-of-her

Dialect Blog: Yod-Dropping in American Accents
http://dialectblog.com/2011/09/06/yod-dropping/

Oliver Glain: How Traditional Yod Forms are Disappearing from Contemporary English (PDF)
http://www.cercles.com/n22/glain.pdf

Quartz: The British Library is crowdsourcing the translation of a mysterious 13th-century sword inscription
http://qz.com/478065/the-british-library-is-crowdsourcing-the-translation-of-a-mysterious-13th-century-sword-inscription/

Karen Stollznow: Deciphering Proto-Elamite
http://karenstollznow.com/deciphering-proto-elamite/

BBC News (from 2012): Breakthrough in world’s oldest undeciphered writing
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-19964786

About Proto-Elamite
http://cdli.ox.ac.uk/wiki/doku.php?id=proto-elamite#proto-elamite

CBC News: Cantonese language could disappear, says UBC linguist Zoe Lam
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/cantonese-language-could-disappear-says-ubc-linguist-zoe-lam-1.3053933

Zoe Lam’s profile at UBC
http://linguistics.ubc.ca/persons/zoe-lam/

TimeOut.HK: The Death of Cantonese?
http://www.timeout.com.hk/big-smog/features/73305/the-death-of-cantonese.html

International NYT: A Telling Language Lesson in Hong Kong
“A new chief executive took the oath of office in Hong Kong on Sunday morning, and then, somewhat astoundingly, he made his inaugural speech in Mandarin.”
http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/01/a-shocking-language-lesson-in-hong-kong/

81 Cantonese proverbs in one picture.
https://writecantonese8.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/cantonese-proverbs-in-one-picture/

UNESCO: Language Vitality and Endangerment (PDF)
http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/CLT/pdf/Language_vitality_and_endangerment_EN.pdf

HKFP: Canadian university adds Cantonese course amid fears over its decline in Hong Kong
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2015/08/18/canadian-university-adds-cantonese-course-amid-fears-over-its-decline-in-hong-kong/

Wikipedia: Cantonese
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cantonese

Can a language with millions of speakers be endangered? (the case of Javanese) (PDF)
http://pacling.anu.edu.au/series/SEALS-PDFs/Ravindranath&Cohn2014language.pdf

Prof Stephen Matthews commented that Cantonese may be on its way out after 50 years.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/local-news/hong-kong/2012/06/11/343926/Cantonese-increasingly.htm

Mother tongue squeezed out of the Chinese classroom in Cantonese-speaking Hong Kong
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2015/07/22/mother-tongue-squeezed-out-of-the-chinese-classroom-in-cantonese-speaking-hong-kong/

Plonkable heliostats
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/24/south-african-team-may-have-solved-solar-puzzle-even-google-couldnt-crack

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

Ngram chart for “plonk_VERB,plunk_VERB”

Logan Paul doing the splits around New York.
#plonkingisthenewplanking
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWNAXse1wYs

Wikipedia: List of English homographs
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_homographs


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