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Episode 274: Linguistic Activism (featuring Christine Mallinson)

How can you make a difference to language?

Linguists are doing a lot of great work, but what if you’re not a linguist? Is there anything that you can do to make the world a better place for language and the people who use it?

Daniel Midgley has some ideas, and he chats with linguist Christine Mallinson on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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On 22 April, empiricists around the country will march for science
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/02/april-22-empiricists-around-country-will-march-science

March for Science – Perth, Western Australia
https://www.facebook.com/MarchForSciencePerthWA/

Green Party launches plan to teach te reo Maori to ‘every New Zealand child’
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/green-party-launches-plan-teach-te-reo-maori-every-new-zealand-child

Why does the idea of te reo Māori as a core subject make so many people flip out?
http://thespinoff.co.nz/society/03-02-2017/why-does-the-idea-of-te-reo-maori-as-a-core-subject-make-so-many-people-flip-out/

Māori Language Policy
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1607/S00199/maori-language-policy.htm

Māori Language Week / Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2017
http://planeta.com/maorilanguageweek/

Maori particles
http://everything2.com/title/Maori+particles

English-only speakers find learning Te Reo difficult
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/213544/english-only-speakers-find-learning-te-reo-difficult

Ethnologue: Maori in the Language Cloud
https://www.ethnologue.com/cloud/mri

Kickstarter: language
https://www.kickstarter.com/discover/advanced?ref=nav_search&term=language

The Endangered Languages Project
http://www.endangeredlanguages.com

Volunteering with the Refugee Council of Australia
http://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/volunteering/

AMES Australia
https://www.ames.net.au/find-sites

Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)
https://central.wa.edu.au/amep/Pages/default.aspx

Read Write Now
http://www.read-write-now.org

volunteering.org.au: “language” in WA
https://volunteeringwa.org.au/volunteers/find-a-position/position-search-results#/search/language/?Locations=WA

New app Valuable Voices builds awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity in the classroom
http://news.umbc.edu/new-app-valuable-voices-builds-awareness-of-linguistic-and-cultural-diversity-in-the-classroom/

Valuable Voices on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/valuable-voices/id1145710477?mt=8

Phrase Detectives
http://anawiki.essex.ac.uk/phrasedetectives/

Wordrobe
http://wordrobe.housing.rug.nl/Wordrobe/public/HomePage.aspx

Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year: Committee’s Choice and People’s Choice announced!
https://www.macquariedictionary.com.au/resources/view/word/of/the/year/

Ben Pobjie: Halal Snack Pack isn’t a word: It’s time to boycott Big Dictionary
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-02/halal-snack-pack-isnt-a-word-boycott-dictionary/8234744

Pauline Hanson loses it over halal snack packs
http://www.news.com.au/national/federal-election/pauline-hanson-loses-it-over-halal-snack-packs/news-story/a52ed6c717833bdc81c14839e5de9518

ACL: Multiword Expressions
https://www.aclweb.org/aclwiki/index.php?title=Multiword_Expressions

Morphological Typology: Modes of attachment (PDF)
http://sites.middlebury.edu/lngt101fall2015/files/2015/10/morphological-typology-of-languages-from-the-language-files.pdf

Morphological Typology
http://allthingslinguistic.com/post/50939757945/morphological-typology-illustrations-from

yous v youse

The tale of Benny and Jenny
http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/09/the-tale-of-benny-and-jenny/

Meet Ben’s Sister Jane, History’s Forgotten Franklin
http://www.wbur.org/npr/231431080/meet-bens-sister-jane-historys-forgotten-franklin


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Episode 264: Spurious Etymologies (live at Camp Doogs)

With words, things are not always what they seem.

An etymology is a story about how a word or phrase got to be that way. How did your favourite phrases come about? Is it possible that the origins you’ve heard are not quite true? And how can you spot a fishy story?

Daniel, Ben, and Kylie are coming at you live for this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Pinjarra
http://www.boodjar.sis.uwa.edu.au/boodjar-placenames/Pinjarra

Pinjarup | Ethnologue
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/pnj

Google’s Quest To Design A Typeface For Every Language On Earth
https://www.fastcodesign.com/3064379/googles-quest-to-design-a-typeface-for-every-language-on-earth

Google Fonts: Noto Sans
https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Noto+Sans

What’s new in Unicode 9.0?
http://babelstone.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/whats-new-in-unicode-90.html

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Good luck takes a reverse
http://www.news.com.au/national/good-luck-takes-a-reverse/story-e6frfkp9-1111118083194

Wiktionary: chock
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/chock#Etymology_1

List of common false etymologies of English words
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_common_false_etymologies_of_English_words

Was ‘tip’ formed from an acronym of ‘To Insure Promptness’?
http://www.snopes.com/language/acronyms/tip.asp

Folk etymology
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folk_etymology

The Word Detective: False etymologies
http://www.word-detective.com/2013/03/false-etymologies/

More about Break A Leg
http://www.theatrecrafts.com/pages/home/glossary-of-technical-theatre-terms/more-about-break-a-leg/

The Phrase Finder — a great resource.
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/b.html

Wiktionary: global weirding
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/global_weirding

Global Weirding Is Here – The New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/17/opinion/17friedman.html?_r=0

Global warming vs climate change
https://www.skepticalscience.com/print.php?r=326

Orthorexia: when healthy eating turns against you
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/sep/26/orthorexia-eating-disorder-clean-eating-dsm-miracle-foods

Orthorexia nervosa: when righteous eating becomes an obsession
https://theconversation.com/orthorexia-nervosa-when-righteous-eating-becomes-an-obsession-36484

Orthorexia nervosa – when healthy eating is no longer healthy
http://www.eufic.org/article/en/artid/orthorexia-nervosa/

Pete Evans is clueless about nutrition
http://scepticalnutritionist.com.au/?p=1523

Pete Evans slammed for ‘potentially damaging’ paleo diet advice to osteoporosis sufferer
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-29/pete-evans-slammed-for-advice-to-osteoporosis-sufferer/7793572

Doctor criticises chef Pete Evans for giving ‘potentially deadly’ diet advice
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/doctor-criticises-chef-pete-evans-for-giving-potentially-deadly-diet-advice-20160829-gr3ydb.html

Clean eating trend can be dangerous for young people, experts warn
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/oct/01/clean-eating-trend-dangerous-young-people-food-obsession-mental-health-experts

CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet online
http://www.csiro.au/en/Research/Health/CSIRO-diets/CSIRO-Total-Wellbeing-Diet-Online

The Butterfly Foundation
https://thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

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

Bully: A Vicious, Cowardly Word With a Long History
https://www.good.is/articles/the-history-of-the-word-bully


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Episode 251: Brexit Language Fallout

Seems the UK is eyeing the exits on the EU, but what would a UK exodus mean for language?

Would language learning be affected? How about Britain’s minority languages? And would the English language even be in the EU at all?

Linguist Daniel Midgley is scoping out the implications on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Mapping words around Australia: What do you call a barbecued sausage, served in a single slice of bread?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-05/mapping-words-around-australia:-what-do-you-call-a-barbecued-sa/7069710

Australia torn apart over sausage argument
http://www.theweeklyreview.com.au/eat/australia-torn-apart-over-sausage-argument/

NT minister gives historic speech in Warlpiri language
http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2016/06/27/nt-minister-gives-historic-speech-warlpiri-language/

Aboriginal MP makes first language bid Indigenous
http://www.mix1049.com.au/news/local-news/48730-aboriginal-mp-makes-first-language-bid-indigenous

Celebrating NAIDOC Week
http://www.naidoc.org.au/celebrating-naidoc-week

Australia developing first ever school curriculum for Indigenous languages
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/may/25/australia-developing-first-ever-school-curriculum-for-indigenous-languages

We should shout about the historic achievement of adding Indigenous languages to the national curriculum
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/we-should-shout-about-the-historic-achievement-of-adding-indigenous-languages-to-the-national-curriculum-20151220-glrwzt.html

‘Reconciliation one hour at a time’: Reviving Aboriginal culture in schools
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-26/aboriginal-language-classes-changing-attitudes-of-a-generation/6647342

Language revival could have mental health benefits for Aboriginal communities
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2015/s4278032.htm

Behind the News: Indigenous Language Lessons
http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4460256.htm

Brexit may threaten the many minority languages of Britain
http://qz.com/713497/brexit-may-threaten-the-many-minority-languages-of-britain/

Signs in Cornish language to be put up at every police station in the county
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/signs-cornish-language-put-up-6160394

Cornish language could be brought back to the classroom as a GCSE
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/635296/Cornish-language-classroom-GCSE-education-school

Welsh is considered a model for language revitalization, but its fate is still uncertain
http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-06-24/welsh-considered-model-language-revitalization-its-fate-uncertain

How the Manx language came back from the dead
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/apr/02/how-manx-language-came-back-from-dead-isle-of-man

Return of the Manx
http://www.globallanguageservices.co.uk/return-manx/

Four British languages on ‘endangered’ list of dialects under threat of extinction… but experts claim tourism could help revival
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2828917/Four-British-languages-endangered-list-dialects-threat-extinction-experts-claim-tourism-help-revival.html

Hold your tongues: why language learners fear a vote for Brexit
https://www.theguardian.com/media/mind-your-language/2016/jun/21/hold-your-tongues-why-language-learners-fear-a-vote-for-brexit

Why aren’t England’s A-level students learning languages?
https://www.britishcouncil.org/voices-magazine/why-arent-englands-level-students-learning-languages

English language could be dropped from European Union after Brexit
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/28/english-language-could-be-dropped-from-european-union-after-brex/

Could English be ousted as an official EU language?
http://www.euronews.com/2016/06/24/will-english-remain-as-de-facto-eu-official-language/

English will not be an official EU language after Brexit, says senior MEP
http://www.politico.eu/article/english-will-not-be-an-official-eu-language-after-brexit-senior-mep/

Au revoir, English? Now French say the language has ‘no legitimacy’ and should be kicked out of Europe too after Brexit
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3661838/Au-revoir-English-French-say-language-no-legitimacy-kicked-Europe-Brexit.html

God save(d) English in the EU: The lingua franca of Brussels isn’t likely to disappear any time soon.
http://www.politico.eu/article/god-save-english-in-the-eu-disapear-using-language-european-union/

From Grexit to Brexit: Eurosceptics Claim their -Exit
http://www.ipsnews.net/2016/06/from-grexit-to-brexit-eurosceptics-claim-their-exit/

WA-xit: history beckons
https://theconversation.com/wa-xit-history-beckons-61865

Language Hat: Semantic satiation
http://languagehat.com/semantic-satiation/

When Even the Simplest Word Looks Weird And Wrong You Have Wordnesia
Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-even-simplest-word-looks-weird-and-wrong-you-have-wordnesia-180954539/#2qTZGzjhUUPbtMmx.99

Rohds. Rowds. Row-ads? Rhowds???
http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/the_good_word/2015/03/wordnesia_that_strange_phenomenon_of_blanking_on_the_spelling_or_meaning.html

Jim Walker: When words look weird — you’ve got OI
http://www.signalscv.com/archives/50097/

GuruLang: Term for convincing yourself words are spelled incorrectly?
http://gurulang.com/index/show/26194


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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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Episode 237: Hinglish (featuring Sana Bharadwaj)

Hinglish. It’s not Hindi. It’s not English. So what is it?

It’s a hybrid language spoken by about 350 million Indian people. And it’s getting bigger all the time. But what’s it like, and what function does it have for its users?

Linguist and Hinglish speaker Sana Bharadwaj talks to Daniel, Ben, and Kylie on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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What can wolf dialects say about human language?
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0209/What-can-wolf-dialects-say-about-human-language

The language of wolves: study finds howling ‘dialects’
http://www.slashgear.com/the-language-of-wolves-study-finds-howling-dialects-09426237/

Wolf species have distinctive howling repertoires functioning like dialects, Study finds
http://nhv.us/content/16024253-wolf-species-have-distinctive-howling-repertoires-functioning

Mysterious chimpanzee behaviour may be evidence of ‘sacred’ rituals
https://theconversation.com/mysterious-chimpanzee-behaviour-may-be-evidence-of-sacred-rituals-55512

Mysterious chimpanzee behaviour could be ‘sacred rituals’ and show that chimps believe in god
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/mysterious-chimpanzee-behaviour-could-be-sacred-rituals-and-show-that-chimps-believe-in-god-a6911301.html

Gorillas observed ‘singing and humming’ during mealtime: study
http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2016/s4415568.htm

Wild gorillas hum during dinner.
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/seriouslyscience/2016/03/01/wild-gorillas-hum-when-theyre-eating-tasty-food/#.VtrkGMf9Dqo

8 Hinglish phrases made and used by Indians, only!
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/education/story/8-hinglish-phrases-made-and-used-by-indians-only/1/414761.html

The rise and rise of Hinglish in India
https://theconversation.com/the-rise-and-rise-of-hinglish-in-india-53476

Will we all be speaking Hinglish one day?
https://www.britishcouncil.org/voices-magazine/will-we-all-be-speaking-hinglish-one-day

The Hinglish Project: Typeface
http://www.thehinglishproject.com

How Donald Drumpf & The “John Oliver Effect” Have Already Influenced The Presidential Election
http://www.bustle.com/articles/147171-how-donald-drumpf-the-john-oliver-effect-have-already-influenced-the-presidential-election

Someone replaced Donald Trump’s eyes with his mouth and he looks the same
http://mashable.com/2016/02/26/trump-lip-eyes/

We Asked Facial Symmetry Experts About the Science Behind Having a “Punchable Face”
http://mic.com/articles/135809/we-asked-facial-symmetry-experts-about-the-science-behind-having-a-punchable-face#.5GNd6Bhp7

Neurologist explains why it’s hard to look at Ted Cruz’s creepy ‘unsettling’ face
http://www.rawstory.com/2016/02/neurologist-explains-why-its-hard-to-look-at-ted-cruzs-creepy-unsettling-face/

World Wide Words: Zemblanity
http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-zem1.htm

15 Crazy Examples Of Insanely Ableist Language
http://thoughtcatalog.com/parker-marie-molloy/2013/10/15-crazy-examples-of-insanely-ableist-language/

Omniglot: Pitman Initial Teaching Alphabet (i.t.a.)
http://www.omniglot.com/writing/ita.htm

A passage in the Initial Teaching Alphabet
couboi-smaull-text


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Episode 235: Worst Words (featuring Don Watson)

Are our vocabularies shrinking? Is bureaucratic double-talk a sinister form of code designed to short-circuit original thought?

Author Don Watson thinks so, and explains why in his latest book Worst Words. But how does his view stack up to language science?

Don Watson goes head to head with linguist Daniel Midgley on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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UNESCO: International Mother Language Day
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/international-mother-language-day-2016/

Language in school: If you don’t understand, how can you learn
https://efareport.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/language-in-school-if-you-dont-understand-how-can-you-learn/

‘40% have no access to education in own language’
http://en.prothom-alo.com/international/news/95665/‘40%25-have-no-access-to-education-in-own-language’

Aboriginal minister Bess Price denied request to speak Indigenous language in NT Parliament
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-18/nt-warlpiri-minister-denied-request-to-speak-indigenous-language/7178298

Minister Chastised For Speaking Indigenous Language On Indigenous Land.
http://www.sbs.com.au/comedy/article/2016/02/19/minister-chastised-speaking-indigenous-language-indigenous-land

Worst Words: A compendium of contemporary cant, gibberish and jargon
http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/don-watson/watsons-word-wisdom-9780857983442.aspx

Don Watson on the warpath against Worst Words
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/don-watson-on-the-warpath-against-worst-words/news-story/3d997f3c60acfd8fd69aa8e65236a08d

Worst Words review: Don Watson fires up on howlers, expressions and bad language
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/worst-words-review-don-watson-fires-up-on-howlers-expressions-and-bad-language-20151207-glh17i.html

Late Night Live: Don Watson’s worst words
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/don/6948354

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

Does the average American student have less vocabulary today than in days gone by?
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2724/does-the-average-american-student-have-less-vocabulary-today-than-in-days-gone-by

Vocabulary Test Results Show Top U.S. Students Losing Ground, Others Stagnate
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/06/vocabulary-test-results-us_n_2249647.html

Fast-growing tumbleweed called hairy panic blows into Australian city
http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/feb/18/fast-growing-tumbleweed-called-hairy-panic-blows-into-australian-city

Comment: Are ‘frolleagues’ replacing our friends?
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/02/18/comment-are-frolleagues-replacing-our-friends

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

Groucho Marx: “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/g/grouchomar146422.html

From Monica: Copywriting Fundamentals: How to Write in Plain English
http://thecopycollective.com/copywriting-fundamentals-how-to-write-in-plain-english/


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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

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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 232: Rabid Linguists

People are asking questions about language and gender equality.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speaking Out: The Female Voice in Public Contexts
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Episode 227: Are Emoji Words?

Can an emoji be a word?

Oxford Dictionaries thinks so — they chose one as their Word of the Year. And this has language purists fuming. But what exactly is a word?

Linguist Daniel Midgley explains on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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The Linguistics Roadshow: Dialect Maps!
http://lingroadshow.com/resources/englishes-in-australia/vocabulary/mapping-words-around-australia/

Optus removes Arabic ads from shopping centre after alleged threat to staff
http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/optus-removes-arabic-ads-from-shopping-centre-after-alleged-threat-to-staff-20151116-gl0njn.html

This Phone Company Had To Explain What Islam Was To Angry Customers
http://www.buzzfeed.com/bradesposito/optus-had-to-take-down-its-arabic-posters-after-people-kept#.siJ8qAKp4

Islamophobia in US: The Arabic language
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/civil-rights/237556-islamophobia-in-us-the-arabic-language

Philly Passengers Pulled off Flight for Speaking Arabic
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/Philly-Pizza-Shop-Owner-Profiled-Southwest-Airlines-351944441.html

Forget French and Mandarin – Arabic is the language to learn
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/forget-french-and-mandarin-arabic-is-the-language-to-learn-10382690.html

Arabic is fastest-growing language at U.S. colleges (2010)
http://www.thegazette.com/2010/03/25/arabic-is-fastest-growing-language-at-u-s-colleges

Commentary: Teach Arabic in public schools
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-arabic-language-public-schools-perspec-0406-20150403-story.html

Teaching Arabic is no cause for fear
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/02/10/navarrette.arabic.curriculum/

Alabama: Residents Fear Teaching Arabic To Students Is A Threat To Christianity
http://www.loonwatch.com/2013/10/alabama-residents-fear-teaching-arabic-to-students-is-a-threat-to-christianity/

Here’s an interesting account of what it was like for British Navy soldiers to be learning Russian in the 1950s.
http://centaur.reading.ac.uk/25314/2/Centaur_russia.pdf

Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2015 is… 😂
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2015/11/word-of-the-year-2015-emoji/

— Oxford Dictionaries (@OxfordWords) November 17, 2015

Oxford Dictionaries Chooses ‘Pictograph’ as Word of the Year
http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/oxford-dictionaries-chooses-pictograph-as-word-of-the-year/225933/

Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year is an emoji, and that is awesome
http://news.nationalpost.com/arts/oxford-dictionarys-word-of-the-year-not-only-reflects-the-current-linguistic-landscape-but-also-the-times-in-which-we-live

Emoji versus the rest
http://www.livemint.com/Home-Page/nCilLJGgCT0A7hT8rjt7rO/Emoji-versus-the-rest.html

Scholarly reflections on ’emoji’
http://blog.oup.com/2015/11/scholarly-reflections-on-emoji-word-of-the-year/

Are Emojis Words? Science And Language Experts Explain.
http://thinkprogress.org/culture/2015/11/20/3724423/an-emoji-investigation/

An emoji was named the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year and people want to leave planet Earth
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/12000092/An-emoji-was-named-the-Oxford-Dictionaries-Word-of-the-Year-and-people-want-to-leave-planet-Earth.html

Oxford’s Word of the Year…isn’t a word
http://www.skynews.com.au/culture/offbeat/2015/11/17/oxford-s-word-of-the-year—isn-t-a-word.html

Vyv Evans – Signs of our times: why emoji can be even more powerful than words
https://theconversation.com/signs-of-our-times-why-emoji-can-be-even-more-powerful-than-words-50893

Google: word definition
https://www.google.com.au/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=word+definition&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&gfe_rd=cr&ei=ho5KVvWwJqLu8wfomYGQCw&gws_rd=cr

Over time, words in English have had a tendency to compound.

phonological word
http://grammar.about.com/od/pq/g/Phonological-Word.htm

emojitracker.com
http://emojitracker.com

Urban Dictionary: Nyorn
NOTE the downvotes! People hate this definition, so it’s probably wrong. But also note the connection to Aboriginal English.
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Nyorn&defid=7088728

Nyorn dard
https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120821023225AAfkSRn


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