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Episode 304: Genericide (live at Camp Doogs)

Some big corporations are paying big money to make sure you don’t use their names.

Usually they love it if their trademark name is well-known. But if it becomes so well-known that the name becomes generic, the company can lose the right to its own trademark.

Daniel, Ben, and Kylie are coming at you from Camp Doogs with a live episode of Talk the Talk.


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Faroe Islands Translate
https://www.faroeislandstranslate.com/#!/

Faroe Islands creates its version of Google Translate after tech giant snub
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/10/06/faroe-islands-creates-its-version-google-translate-after-tech-giant-snub

Religious affiliation impacts language use on Facebook
https://phys.org/news/2017-08-religious-affiliation-impacts-language-facebook.html

Why Christians are More Positive on Facebook
http://www.ncregister.com/blog/dblackman/why-christians-are-more-positive-on-facebook

Strewth! Scrabble gets a makeover Down Under as Australia gets first slang edition
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/14/strewth-scrabble-gets-makeover-australia-gets-first-slang-edition/

Fair-dinkum true blue words hit new Aussie version of Scrabble
http://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/fairdinkum-true-blue-words-hit-new-aussie-version-of-scrabble/news-story/b57b046abbac9b9ff277fc86adfa91b8

‘Genericide’: When brands get too big
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/genericide-when-brands-get-too-big-2295428.html

15 Product Trademarks That Have Become Victims Of Genericization
https://consumerist.com/2014/07/19/15-product-trademarks-that-have-become-victims-of-genericization/

Velcro’s video implores consumers to say ‘hook and loop’
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/26/the-associated-press-velcros-video-implores-consumers-to-say-hook-and-loop.html

Don’t Say VELCRO®
https://www.velcro.com/about-us/dontsayvelcro/

‘Kleenex Is a Registered Trademark’ (and Other Desperate Appeals)
https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/09/kleenex-is-a-registered-trademark-and-other-appeals-to-journalists/380733/

Adobe says stop using ‘Photoshop’ as a generic term
https://www.slashgear.com/adobe-says-stop-using-photoshop-as-a-generic-term-26399495/

Check out this list from Adobe of things you’re not supposed to say, especially number 13.
https://www.adobe.com/legal/permissions/trademarks.html

Spam-maker loses bid to trademark ‘spam’
http://www.smh.com.au/news/security/spammaker-wants-us-to-stop-calling-pesky-emails-spam/2006/10/12/1160246238013.html

Can You Trademark the Phrase “Let’s Roll”?
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2002/02/can_you_trademark_the_phrase_lets_roll.html

Australian government: Common and prohibited signs
https://www.ipaustralia.gov.au/trade-marks/applying-for-a-trade-mark/decide-if-you-have-trade-mark/common-and-prohibited-signs

Trademark Erosion: Avoiding Genericide
https://www.mediamiser.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/MediaMiser-whitepaper-trademarkerosion.pdf

Should’ve seen it coming: the trademarking of public language
https://www.theguardian.com/law/shortcuts/2016/aug/17/shouldve-seen-it-coming-the-trademarking-of-public-language

I’ve Got a Problem: ‘No Problem’
https://www.wsj.com/articles/ive-got-a-problem-no-problem-1506463807

“No problem” vs “you’re welcome”
http://allthingslinguistic.com/post/124189121619/no-problem-vs-youre-welcome

Aaron Dinkin NWAV paper: It’s No Problem to Be Polite: Apparent-Time Change in Responses to Thanks (PDF)
http://www.ling.upenn.edu/~dinkin/NoProblemHandout.pdf

‘Total monster’: fatberg blocks London sewage system
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/12/total-monster-concrete-fatberg-blocks-london-sewage-system

10-Tonne ‘Fatberg’ Breaks West London Sewer

What is the difference between burg and berg in German city names?
https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-between-burg-and-berg-in-German-city-names

Anne Curzan: Sad React
http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2017/10/04/sad-react/

Is ‘AF’ even a word?
http://mashable.com/2017/10/04/af-dictionary-real-world/


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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 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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