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Episode 311: Quick Shots 2: The Quickening

This week, we’re looking back at the year that was.

What were our favourite shows? What does it mean if someone ‘deserves a pineapple’? And what will be the Word of the Week of the Year?

Daniel and Kylie are live in the studio for this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Seven seriously silly Swedish sayings
https://www.thelocal.se/20151125/seven-seriously-silly-swedish-sayings

Language Log: Woo
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=35523

Holly tries it out
https://www.facebook.com/rtrfmtalkthetalk/posts/1985897721437010?comment_id=1987017591325023&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R%22%7D

Victoria boy’s new word, ‘levidrome,’ on its way to Oxford Dictionary
http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/victoria-boy-s-new-word-levidrome-on-its-way-to-oxford-dictionary-1.23102948

Oxford Dictionaries sends video message to B.C. boy who invented ‘levidrome’
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/oxford-dictionaries-sends-video-message-to-b-c-boy-who-invented-levidrome-1.3692996

ABC hosts lose it over Bob Katter’s bizarre marriage rant
http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/current-affairs/abc-hosts-lose-it-over-bob-katters-bizarre-marriage-rant/news-story/ab0840f6d8f7a6c41bf1ff12ba4f9a5f

What’s the meaning of the phrase ‘Let one thousand flowers bloom’?
https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/226950.html

Fake news is ‘very real’ word of the year for 2017
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/nov/02/fake-news-is-very-real-word-of-the-year-for-2017

Our 2017 Word of the Year Is Complicit.
http://www.dictionary.com/e/word-of-the-year-2017/

Ivanka Trump interview: “If being complicit is wanting to be a force for good … then I’m complicit”
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ivanka-trump-interview-what-it-means-to-be-complicit/

The final count


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Episode 289: What Helps Babies Learn Language?

Is there anything you can do to help babies learn language?

Babies do a great job of learning language, but it’s still a pretty complex undertaking. Who wouldn’t like to help the little tackers figure it out? But does anything help babies learn language? Baby signs? Special toys?

Daniel, Ben, and Kylie are delving into the research on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Samsung develops emoji-based chat app for people with language disorders
https://arstechnica.com/business/2017/04/samsung-develops-emoji-based-chat-app-for-people-with-language-disorders/

A Stroke Survivor Explains Why Samsung’s Emoji Translation App May Not Be a Cheap Gimmick
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/a-stroke-survivor-explains-why-samsungs-emoji-translation-app-may-not-be-a-cheap-gimmick

The End Is Near for Google’s Blob Emoji
http://au.pcmag.com/google-android-o/47987/news/the-end-is-near-for-googles-blob-emoji

Baby Sign Language: Does It Work?
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2015/02/04/baby-sign-language-work/

Does Baby Sign Make a Difference?
http://www.hanen.org/helpful-info/articles/does-baby-sign-make-a-difference-.aspx

Baby sign language: An evidence-based guide
http://www.parentingscience.com/baby-sign-language.html

Is baby sign language worthwhile?
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/expert-answers/baby-sign-language/faq-20057980

Traditional Toys May Beat Gadgets in Language Development
https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/23/traditional-toys-may-beat-gadgets-in-language-development/?_r=1

Electronic Toys May Hinder Baby Language Development
http://www.npr.org/2015/12/27/461173092/electronic-toys-may-hinder-baby-language-development

Handheld screen time linked with speech delays in young children
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/aaop-hst042617.php

Music may help babies learn language skills
http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2016-04-26/music-may-help-babies-learn-language-skills/7357642

Baby talk words with repeated sounds help infants learn language
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160527112647.htm

Pretending to Understand What Babies Say Can Make Them Smarter
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/08/pretending-to-understand-what-babies-say-can-make-them-smarter/379324/

Parents, listen next time your baby babbles
https://now.uiowa.edu/2014/08/parents-listen-next-time-your-baby-babbles

Reading with children starting in infancy gives lasting literacy boost
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170504083146.htm

Storybook reading could help with language
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/04/02/storybook-reading-could-help-language

Can you see what I am talking about? Human speech triggers referential expectation in four-month-old infants
https://www.nature.com/articles/srep13594

Ask a Linguist: When should you worry about language development?
http://linguistlist.org/ask-ling/lang-acq.cfm#worry

Mark Latham’s FB message
https://www.facebook.com/MarkLathamsOutsiders/posts/1500124996695501?match=bWFyayBsYXRoYW0ncw%3D%3D

Phrase Finder: Politically correct
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/287100.html

Tony Abbott calls for Safe Schools ‘social engineering program’ to be axed
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-01/abbott-calls-for-end-to-safe-schools/7209766

RationalWiki: Cultural Marxism
http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Cultural_Marxism

‘Cultural Marxism’: a uniting theory for rightwingers who love to play the victim
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/19/cultural-marxism-a-uniting-theory-for-rightwingers-who-love-to-play-the-victim

The problem with evoking Marxism in the Safe Schools debate
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-24/bradley-marxism-and-safe-schools/7272764


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Episode 280: Contractions

They’ll, we’ve, you’re, and even ain’t.

This week, we’re having contractions, but not the muscular kind — the word kind! We squash words together all the time, but why? And how well can you recognise them?

Daniel, Kylie, and Ben are gonna find out on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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The Oxford comma: Do you or don’t you?
http://publishingresourceguide.com/writers-life/writing-ideas-inspiration/oxford-comma-yes-or-no

Oxford commas, Nelson Mandela, and Stephen King
https://stancarey.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/oxford-commas-nelson-mandela-and-stephen-king/

The Best Shots Fired in the Oxford Comma Wars
http://mentalfloss.com/article/33637/best-shots-fired-oxford-comma-wars

An Oxford comma changed this court case completely
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/15/health/oxford-comma-maine-court-case-trnd/index.html

A Missing Oxford Comma Just Changed the Course of a Court Case
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/missing-oxford-comma-just-changed-course-court-case-180962551/

Infographic: The Oxford comma debate
https://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/Infographic_The_Oxford_comma_debate_52369.aspx

Wikipedia: Contraction (grammar)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contraction_(grammar)

Major Trends in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics 1 (increased use of –n’t; interesting charts)
Google Books link

Amn’t
http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-amn1.htm

The Story of Ain’t
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=7100#more-7100

The Cockney and His Dialect
https://www.jstor.org/stable/534097?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

London dialect in Dickens
http://www.bl.uk/learning/timeline/item126779.html

Online Etymology Dictionary: won’t
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=won%27t

Why Does “Will Not” Become “Won’t”?
http://mentalfloss.com/article/55232/why-does-will-not-become-wont

Online Etymology Dictionary: contraction
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=contraction&searchmode=&p=3&allowed_in_frame=0

Word lengths are optimized for efficient communication
http://www.pnas.org/content/108/9/3526.long

Why “won’t” isn’t “willn’t”
http://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2013/03/wont-willnt.html

Throw Mama From the Train: Favorite Line
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c1sgug6prw

(principle of) least effort [Zipf’s Law]
https://www.thoughtco.com/principle-of-least-effort-zipfs-law-1691104

Understanding Zipf’s Law
http://david.pilato.fr/blog/2016/01/05/understanding-zipfs-law/

The mystery of Zipf
https://plus.maths.org/content/mystery-zipf

A mysterious law that predicts the size of the world’s biggest cities
http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-mysterious-law-that-governs-the-size-of-your-city-1479244159

Applying Zipf’s Law to galaxies
https://phys.org/news/2016-04-zipf-law-galaxies.html

Wikipedia: List of placeholder names by language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_placeholder_names_by_language

UD: doovalacky
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=doovalacky

MW: doohickey
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doohickey

Chuck Berry, rock ‘n’ roll icon, dead at 90
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-19/chuck-berry-rock-n-roll-icon-dies-aged-90/8367220

How Chuck Berry Wrote “Johnny B. Goode” and Created the First Rock and Roll Guitar Hero
http://www.guitarworld.com/artist-news/how-chuck-berry-wrote-johnny-b-goode-and-created-first-rock-and-roll-guitar-hero/30217

Sister Rosetta Tharpe Biography
http://www.biography.com/people/sister-rosetta-tharpe-17172332

Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Didn’t It Rain
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR2gR6SZC2M

Vapour Trails: Revisiting Shoegaze
https://www.xlr8r.com/features/2009/01/vapour-trails-revisiting-shoegaze/

List of rock genres
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rock_genres

Music Genres List
http://www.musicgenreslist.com

Our Least Favorite Genre Names
http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2012/01/28/145858309/our-least-favorite-genre-names

Can -core survive normcore?
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2014/04/can-core-survive-normcore/

Slutwave, Tumblr Rap, Rape Gaze: Obscure Musical Genres Explained
http://www.laweekly.com/music/slutwave-tumblr-rap-rape-gaze-obscure-musical-genres-explained-2409158

Eminem and The Beatles: The Top-Selling Artists of the 2000s
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/eminem-and-the-beatles-the-top-selling-artists-of-the-2000s-20091209

Google Ngram Viewer: on / in an island
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Episode 279: Mailbag – Competitive Edition

We’re taking your questions on a Mailbag episode!

Along the way, we’re going to find out some pretty strange things about how words and phrases got to be how they are. Do you say zero or oh? What is begging the question? And has the French /r/ always been like that?

Daniel, Ben, and Kylie answer them all on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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The hazards of English spelling
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/lsoa-tho030917.php

Self-Organization In The Spelling Of English Suffixes: The Emergence Of Culture Out Of Anarchy
http://www.linguisticsociety.org/sites/default/files/Berg_Aronoff.pdf

The Standardization of American English
http://teachinghistory.org/history-content/ask-a-historian/25489

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

Wikipedia: Names for the number 0 in English
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_for_the_number_0_in_English#.22O.22_.28.22oh.22.29

How many names does zero have?
http://inmadom-myenglishclass.blogspot.com.au/2011/09/how-many-names-does-zero-have.html

Why getting out for zero is called a “duck” in cricket
https://www.sportskeeda.com/cricket/why-getting-out-zero-called-duck-cricket

Begging the Question, Again
https://afterdeadline.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/25/begging-the-question-again/?_r=1

Begging the question: How much should we fight for a correct English usage that no one actually seems to use?
https://www.theguardian.com/media/mind-your-language/2010/may/24/begging-the-question-mind-your-language

This troublesome 3-word phrase perfectly exemplified Antonin Scalia’s obsession with originalism
https://www.businessinsider.com/beg-the-question-meaning-definition-usage-2016-4

Questions to French native speakers…
http://www.antimoon.com/forum/t16151.htm

r/French: The rolled “R”
https://www.reddit.com/r/French/comments/2wwz2y/the_rolled_r/

Rolled ‘R’ in French – what area?
http://www.forum.french-linguistics.co.uk/forum/topics/rolled-r-in-french-what-area

Studies in the History of the English Language: A Millennial Perspective
Google Books link

Flipped, rolled, trilled or other…How to deal with the French “r”?
https://dictioncorner.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/flipped-rolled-trilled-or-other-how-to-deal-with-the-french-r/

When did the trilled “r” fall out of use in French and become replaced with a uvular fricative?
https://www.quora.com/When-did-the-trilled-r-fall-out-of-use-in-French-and-become-replaced-with-a-uvular-fricative

The origin of the French uvular “R”
http://www.antimoon.com/forum/t4808-15.htm

Frozen – Let It Go (French version)
https://youtu.be/wQP9XZc2Y_c

Georges Brassens – La Mauvaise Réputation
https://youtu.be/26Nuj6dhte8

What Is the F–kboy?
http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2015/08/18/what_does_fuckboy_mean.html

Green’s Dictionary of Slang
https://greensdictofslang.com

Diagram for 0800 0077 070


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Episode 277: All About Accents

Accents are like opinions: everybody’s got one. But how do opinions affect accents?

Listeners want to know: Why do people seem to lose their accent when they sing? And is there any reason why we think some accents sound attractive and others less so?

Daniel, Ben, and Kylie talk it over on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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NSW HSC: Back to the future in first major overhaul of the syllabus in 20 years
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/nsw-hsc-back-to-the-future-in-first-major-overhaul-of-the-syllabus-in-20-years-20170220-gugoum.html

NSW HSC syllabus overhaul places focus on English grammar and Asian history
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/feb/21/nsw-hsc-syllabus-overhaul-places-focus-on-english-grammar-and-asian-history

The Australian Curriculum (AUTOMATIC PDF DOWNLOAD)
http://v7-5.australiancurriculum.edu.au/australian%20curriculum.pdf?Type=0&s=E&e=ScopeAndSequence
Cached version; loads without downloading

ACARA: Curriculum
http://v7-5.australiancurriculum.edu.au/english/curriculum/f-10?layout=1

HSC overhaul to be announced
http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/nsw/2017/02/21/hsc-overhaul-to-be-announced.html

The Irish accent voted sexiest in the world
http://www.irishcentral.com/news/colin-farrell-helps-irish-beat-french-for-sexiest-accent-in-the-world-68840277-237766571

Why Are Some Accents Sexier than Others?
http://www.listenandlearnaustralia.com.au/blog/why-are-some-accents-sexier-than-others/

What makes a language attractive – its sound, national identity or familiarity?
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/jul/17/what-makes-a-language-attractive

Why are some accents more attractive?
https://blog.esl-languages.com/blog/esl/foreign-accents-attractive/

How German Sounds Compared To Other Languages (Ultimate / Full Version)

How beautiful German sounds compared to other languages

Trudgill: Acts of Conflicting Identity: The Sociolinguistics of British Pop-song Pronunciation
http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-1-349-25582-5_21

Trudgill on Pop Song Pronunciation
http://positiveanymore.blogspot.com.au/2006/06/trudgill-on-pop-song-pronunciation.html

Indie girl singer introduces us to her kitchen
https://vine.co/v/OTg0nO2mFKU

On singing accents
http://david-crystal.blogspot.com.au/2009/11/on-singing-accents.html

Why British Singers Lose Their Accents When Singing
http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/08/why-british-singers-lose-their-accent-when-singing/

Talking tactics: Rihanna and the pop stars who change accent
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/feb/04/talk-that-talk-rihanna-the-cunning-linguist

Hot takes and hysteria: it’s time to park identity politics
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/24/hot-takes-and-hysteria-its-time-to-park-identity-politics

‘Don’t play identity politics!’ The primal scream of the straight white male
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/02/identity-politics-donald-trump-white-men

RationalWiki: Identity politics
http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Identity_politics

Stop saying identity politics caused Trump
http://www.newstatesman.com/2017/01/stop-saying-identity-politics-caused-trump

The Combahee River Collective Statement
http://americanstudies.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Keyword%20Coalition_Readings.pdf

The Debate We Have To Have: Identity Politics And The Left
https://newmatilda.com/2015/07/16/debate-we-have-have-identity-politics-and-left/


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Episode 190: Rap Linguistics (featuring Darin Flynn)

Rap is the music of the street. And now it’s on campus.

Linguist Darin Flynn has created a university linguistics class that puts rap lyrics on the syllabus. What can hip-hop poets tell us about language?

Dr Flynn tells Daniel Midgley all about it on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Who has the largest vocabulary in hip-hop?
http://rappers.mdaniels.com.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com

Bill Gates reveals his biggest regret in life: not learning another language
http://www.9news.com.au/technology/2015/01/29/13/17/bill-gates-reveals-his-biggest-regret-in-life

I Was Arrested for Learning a Foreign Language. Today, I Have Some Closure.
https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech-national-security-technology-and-liberty/i-was-arrested-learning-foreign-language-t

Propaganda poster: “Don’t Speak the Enemy’s Language! Speak American!”

Catholic Church ‘Allah’ appeal shot down in Malaysia
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/01/catholic-church-150121100311536.html

It gets worse. Brunei: Muslim Nation Bans Christians from Using 19 Religious Words
http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2014/february/muslim-nation-bans-christians-words-brunei-malaysia-allah.html

Rap Linguistics .. one of Canada’s coolest classes
http://llc.ucalgary.ca/news/rap-linguistics-one-canadas-coolest-classes

Rap lyrics the topic of new linguistics course at the University of Calgary
http://metronews.ca/news/calgary/1121050/rap-lyrics-the-topic-of-new-linguistics-course-at-the-university-of-calgary/

Rap linguistics course ‘cool’ but challenging
http://www.ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2014-09-22/rap-linguistics-course-cool-challenging

Iggy Azalea v Azalea Banks: Salon writer Brittney Cooper is unhappy about white rappers
http://www.salon.com/2014/07/15/iggy_azaleas_post_racial_mess_americas_oldest_race_tale_remixed/

Azealia Banks vs Iggy Azalea: ‘Privileged white people shouldn’t steal hip-hop’
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11308082/Azealia-Banks-Vs-Iggy-Azalea-White-people-shouldnt-steal-hip-hop.html

Prayers in a Song | Tall Paul
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61V69jRF5ys

‘Half Asian’? ‘Half White’? No — ‘Hapa’
http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/12/15/370416571/half-asian-half-white-no-hapa

Rhyming orange with Eminem
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRX8sXdCkfo

A couple of poems with rhymes for silver
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rec.puzzles/7Wkte-kQu3A

To find a rhyme for silver
Or any “rhymeless rhyme”
Requires only will, ver-
bosity and time
–Stephen Sondheim

A woman asked me to rhyme a penguin.
I said, “Does the erstwhile Emperor Eng win?
If not, I’ll send a brand-new tractor
To “Big Boy” Williams, cinemactor;
On the card attached, a smiling penguin
Will say, “You’re truly a man among men, Guinn.”
“All right,” she said, “so now rhyme silver,”
But I left because I’d had my filver.
–Ira Levin

Rap camp is doing well.
http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/rap-camp-revives-and-reclaims-dying-culture-1.2216037

Elsewhere…
Rapping to preserve a nearly extinct Arctic language
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-23497131


Show tunes

Find the tracks we play on the RTRFM webpage for this episode.

Image credit: http://www.ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2014-09-22/rap-linguistics-course-cool-challenging

Episode 176: Language Myths (featuring Karen Stollznow)

Does Bigfoot use language?

Can your brain understand a message if it’s backwards?

We don’t always understand how language works, so it’s natural that myths and legends about language should arise. Now a new book “Language Myths, Mysteries, and Magic” examines them.

Daniel Midgley talks with author, linguist, and skeptic Karen Stollznow on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Promo with Kylie Sturgess


Show notes

A U Kansas linguist has been approached to help with switching the Kazakh writing system to Latin script
http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-09-03/university-kansas-linguist-risking-ire-russia-helping-kazakhstan-change-its

Kazakh is spoken in Kazakhstan (of course)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazakh_language#Writing_system

It has about 11 million speakers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_number_of_native_speakers

It’s had a number of writing systems over the years
http://www.omniglot.com/writing/kazakh.htm

But it might soon be joining the 70% of languages that use the Latin writing system.
http://centralasiaonline.com/en_GB/articles/caii/features/main/2013/04/02/feature-01

Linguist, skeptic, and author Karen Stollznow
http://karenstollznow.com

Language Myths, Mysteries, and Magic is out now from Palgrave Macmillan
http://www.palgravemacmillan.com.au/palgrave/onix/isbn/9781137404855

OMG Ben was right. It’s grotesque.
http://io9.com/the-creepy-story-of-how-budapest-became-a-city-of-smil-1635708606
Totally going to do this though.

Yes, employers still use graphology as a way of finding out about the personality of potential applicants. Think about that: you could be knocked out of the running for a job, based on thoroughly discredited pseudoscience.
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-22198554

Graphologists do no better than random chance at predicting personality traits.
http://www.skepdic.com/graphol.html

What do you call a word you mispronounce because you’ve only read it? An onlyreaditism? A persephone? How about a calliope?
http://ask.metafilter.com/266681/Looking-for-a-term-mispronouncing-a-word-youve-only-ever-read


Show tunes

‘Gloomy Sunday’ by Billie Holiday
from the album A Working Day

‘Myth’ by Beach House
from the album Bloom

Episode 174: Big Data, Small World

There’s a lot of data out there.

And people are using it to find some pretty interesting patterns. Whether it’s finding global superdialects, or inferring language similarity from the errors of English learners, computers are expanding our language horizons.

Linguist Daniel Midgley brings you the world on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Promo with Ronan Lane


Show notes

Oxford Dictionaries Online releases its quarterly list of new words
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2014/08/oxford-dictionaries-update-august-2014/

A formative moment in comedy: Danny Thomas’s first spit-take
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYunEHgpRF8

Computational Linguistics of Twitter Reveals the Existence of Global Superdialects
http://www.technologyreview.com/view/529836/computational-linguistics-of-twitter-reveals-the-existence-of-global-superdialects/

Using Twitter, Linguists Find Global ‘Superdialects’
http://www.newsweek.com/linguists-find-superdialects-twitter-263622

The article
http://arxiv.org/abs/1407.7094

Some linguists on Reddit are snarky about this.
http://www.reddit.com/r/linguistics/comments/2cwazr/computational_linguistics_of_twitter_reveals_the/

Linguists on r/badlinguistics, especially so.
http://www.reddit.com/r/badlinguistics/comments/2cyldy/since_studying_dialects_is_hard_work_compling/

Here’s How Foreign Language Speakers Typically Screw Up English
(Despite the uncharitable title, it’s a good article.)
http://www.businessinsider.com.au/common-esl-mistakes-2014-8

MIT press release
https://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/essays-english-yield-information-about-other-languages-0723

The Word Atlas of Linguistic Structures is a fascinating way to pass the time.
http://wals.info

About how long would it take for an English speaker to learn another language?
http://static4.businessinsider.com/image/5384e031eab8ea5f2ef4b401-860-3034/voxy%20language%20graphic.png

Abbnesia
https://www.facebook.com/JasonClareMP/photos/a.116115481929643.1073741828.101356533405538/279795892228267/?type=1&theater

THE: The Loudest Word in Rock and Roll
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/08/whats-in-a-band-name-the/378710/?single_page=true

Some bands are even using “Thee”
http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0711B&L=ADS-L&P=R8053&I=-3


Show tunes

‘Lookin’ for a Superman’ by Iron and Wine
from the album Around the Well

‘It Ain’t No Sin’ by Thee Mighty Caesars
from the album Beware the Ides of March

Episode 170: Word Crimes 1

Weird Al Yankovic’s new parody “Word Crimes” is chock-full of grammar advice — but is it good advice?

Or is it just a three-minute-long language peeve session? What should we take from the song, and what should best be left alone?

Linguist Daniel Midgley tells you what you need to know on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Promo with Rhian Todhunter


Show notes

End of the OED — in print, anyway.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturenews/10777079/RIP-for-OED-as-worlds-finest-dictionary-goes-out-of-print.html

Watch Word Crimes by ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic

The lyrics:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/weirdalyankovic/wordcrimes.html

Here are 25 questions you can ask yourself about the video.
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=13521

It all makes John McWhorter want to give up.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/23/the-problem-with-weird-al-s-word-crimes-video.html

Less or fewer?
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/003775.html

It was all the preference of a single author.
http://motivatedgrammar.wordpress.com/2008/09/30/10-items-or-less-is-just-fine/

And really, people say ‘less [items]’ all the time.
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=2826

Even so, grammar pedants successfully pressured Tesco on this issue
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2659948/Tesco-to-ditch-ten-items-or-less-sign-after-good-grammar-campaign.html

Lots of phrases don’t make sense, but we never seem to complain about them because we’re used to them.
http://www.toytowngermany.com/lofi/index.php/t117548.html

Like ‘head over heels’.
http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-hea3.htm

Jefferson used it’s where we would think its.
http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/tree-liberty-quotation

You see, its has changed.
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=its

Expresso
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/saundspel/conversations/topics/64704

The Oxford comma has some use.
http://thewritepractice.com/why-you-need-to-be-using-oxford-commas/

Although even Oxford doesn’t use it in some cases, so maybe we should call it the ‘serial comma’.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/30/oxford-comma_n_887658.html

Homophones have converged.
http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/164527/is-there-a-term-for-the-convergent-evolution-of-homonyms

The etymology of ‘lightning’
https://www.google.com.au/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=lingtning+etymology&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&gfe_rd=cr&ei=dOrRU6GQFqSN8QfDzoD4CQ

Oxt.
http://www.vox.com/2014/7/16/5901883/oxt-new-word-weekend

Let’s do something oxt weekend.
http://oxtweekend.com


Show tunes

‘Sugar Shack’ by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs
from the album Sugar Shack

‘I Did Crimes for You’ by Deerhoof
from the album Deerhoof vs. Evil

Episode 169: Kalyakoorl (featuring Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse)

Many people talk about language revitalisation, but some people are doing something about it.

Perth musicians Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse have released a new album Kalyakoorl, written in the Noongar language of Western Australia, and it’s bringing the language to a new audience.

Gina and Guy are in the studio with Daniel and Ben on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Promo with Ronan Lane


Show notes

Get music by Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse at their website
http://www.ginawilliams.com.au

Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/kalyakoorl

The Langford Aboriginal Association helps people learn Noongar. Get amongst it!
https://www.facebook.com/langfordaboriginal.assoc

More language info available from Kaartdijin Noongar
http://www.noongarculture.org.au/language/

Press coverage
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/03/27/perth-duo-launch-first-album-noongar-language


Show tunes

This week, our show tunes are in the podcast itself, with Gina and Guy performing live in the studio.

  • Murrdiyap
  • Kalyakoorl
  • Iggy’s Lullaby
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