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Episode 283: Pun Intended (featuring Janani Krishnan-Jha and Hedvig Skirgård)

Puns. Some people love them, some people hate them.

But why do some people find puns so exasperating? And why do we make them anyway? What’s it like to be on the receiving end of a rapid-fire pun off?

Daniel and Kylie are going against the groan on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

The Great Language Game
https://greatlanguagegame.com

Paper: Why are some languages confused for others? Investigating data from the Great Language Game
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0165934

The great language game: Confusing languages
http://www.replicatedtypo.com/the-great-language-game-confusing-languages/7926.html

Linguistic and cultural knowledge affect whether languages are identified correctly
https://phys.org/news/2017-04-linguistic-cultural-knowledge-affect-languages.html

Linquest
https://www.languageininteraction.nl/lingquest.html

College Humour: Puns Intended
https://www.facebook.com/CollegeHumor/videos/vb.6363207806/10154267590532807/?type=3&theater

O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships
http://punoff.com

Watch Janani in action at the O. Henry Pun-off!

2016 O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships semi-final round (Janani Krishna-Jha vs Jerzy Gwiazdowski

John Pollack: The Pun Also Rises
http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/307465/the-pun-also-rises-by-john-pollack/9781592406753/

Linguistic Anarchy! It’s All Pun And Games Until Somebody Loses a Sign
https://daily.jstor.org/linguistic-anarchy-pun-games-somebody-loses-sign/

What is a pun?
http://www-01.sil.org/linguistics/glossaryoflinguisticterms/whatisapun.htm

Goodreads: Quotes About Puns
http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/puns

Monday Punday: A weekly game
http://mondaypunday.com/325

The Greatest Jokes Ever Told
http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/a35136/greatest-jokes-ever-told/

Tearable Puns
http://www.tearablepuns.org

Why Do Puns Make People Groan?
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/07/why-do-puns-make-people-groan/398252/

Meet the ‘Grammar Vigilante’ of Bristol
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39459831

The ‘Apostrophiser’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08kys4c

Who do you think you’re apostrophising? The dark side of grammar pedantry
https://theconversation.com/who-do-you-think-youre-apostrophising-the-dark-side-of-grammar-pedantry-75793

Are you a friendly language police?
https://educationallinguist.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/are-you-a-friendly-language-police/


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Episode 243: Synaesthesia

Can you hear colours? Or smell sounds?

We’re starting to understand synaesthesia — the blending of senses that some people experience. Now language researchers are using synaesthesia to understand how we process language, and even how language got started in the first place.

Linguist Daniel Midgley finds the synaesthete in all of us on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

Higgledy-piggledy
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=higgledy-piggledy

The Kiki-Bouba effect
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bring-science-home-bouba-kiki-effect/

Google Books just won a decade-long copyright fight
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/04/18/google-books-just-won-a-decade-long-copyright-fight/

Google wins book-scanning copyright case against Authors Guild
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-19/google-wins-long-running-book-scanning-copyright-case/7336622

Google’s Court Victory Is Good for Scholarly Authors. Here’s Why.
http://chronicle.com/article/Google-s-Court-Victory-Is/233940

Synesthesia: Why some people hear color, taste sounds
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150413214343.htm

Some Rules of Language are Wired in the Brain
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/some-rules-of-language-are-wired-in-the-brain/

Study links synaesthesia with coloured fridge magnets
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-01/24/synaesthesia

Lots of Cases of Synesthesia Are Based on Alphabet Magnets
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2015/03/04/synesthesia-based-alphabet-magnets/

Synaesthesia could help us understand how the brain processes language
https://www.theguardian.com/science/head-quarters/2016/feb/26/synaesthesia-could-help-us-understand-how-the-brain-processes-language

Paper: Processing compound words: Evidence from synaesthesia (paywall)
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0010027716300075

V.S. Ramachandran and E.M. Hubbard: Synaesthesia — A Window Into Perception, Thought and Language (long read, but worth it)
http://www.imprint.co.uk/rama/synaesthesia.pdf

Weak Synesthesia in Perception and Language (paywall)
http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199603329.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199603329-e-038

Why ‘Cool’ Is Still Cool
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/22/opinion/why-cool-is-still-cool.html?_r=1

The Birth of Cool
http://www.slate.com/articles/life/cool_story/2013/10/cool_the_etymology_and_history_of_the_concept_of_coolness.html

froobs blog: bork megapost
http://froobs.tumblr.com/post/134822731279/bork-megapost

Stop It Son, You Are Doing Me A Frighten
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/stop-it-son-you-are-doing-me-a-frighten

@ProBirdRights on Twitter
https://twitter.com/ProBirdRights

What Do Swedes Think of the Swedish Chef?
http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2012/08/swedish_chef_what_do_swedes_think_of_him_they_think_he_sounds_norwegian_.html

Understanding the Swedish Pitch Accent
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXp7_Sjgm34

Brr: It’s in the Duden, the official German dictionary
http://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/brr

Cold Comfort: Is Brr Meant to be Spoken, or Only Written?http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2015/01/26/cold-comfort/


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Episode 230: End-of-Year Wrap-Up

It’s the last show of the year, and we’ve got Daniel, Ben, and Kylie live in the studio.

We’re discussing everything from punctuation in texting, to YouTube voice. And we unveil our Word of the Year.

All on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

Study confirms that ending your texts with a period is terrible
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/12/08/study-confirms-that-ending-your-texts-with-a-period-is-terrible/

Science continues its war on grammar, says ending texts with a period is bad
http://www.avclub.com/article/science-continues-its-war-grammar-says-ending-text-229604

Some Reddit users cannot stand the ‘thumbs-up’ emoji.
https://www.reddit.com/r/CasualConversation/comments/30wlpq/i_cannot_stand_that_thumb_up_sign_that_many/

Don’t commit these subliminal text messaging faux pas
http://bgr.com/2015/12/09/iphone-android-texting-etiquette/

The Linguistics of ‘YouTube Voice’
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/12/the-linguistics-of-youtube-voice/418962/

Hank Green: “Stop Embarrassing Yourself”
https://youtu.be/nIvrDsnKuQ8

Paris climate deal: The word that almost brought down a global agreement
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-13/the-word-that-almost-brought-down-the-paris-climate-accord/7024142

The one word that almost sank the climate talks
http://www.politico.com/story/2015/12/paris-climate-talks-tic-toc-216721

Language tiff nearly derailed world heritage designations for Japan
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Language-tiff-nearly-derailed-world-heritage-designations-for-Japan

In Contracts, One Word Makes All the Difference
http://constructionlawva.com/contracts-one-word-makes-all-difference/


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Episode 189: Words of the Year 2014

It’s a new year, and that means it’s time for our Word of the Year round-up.

What words tripped on our tongues, tickled our ears, and zeited our geist in 2014?

Linguist Daniel Midgley can’t even on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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What about Words of the Year in other languages?
http://www.metafilter.com/146219/Words-of-the-Year-of-the-World
http://mentalfloss.com/article/61119/13-words-year-other-countries

Firstable
http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/yes-firstable

Oxford Junior Dictionary’s replacement of ‘natural’ words with 21st-century terms sparks outcry
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jan/13/oxford-junior-dictionary-replacement-natural-words

Margaret Atwood Protests Removal of Nature Words From Oxford Junior Dictionary
http://www.themarysue.com/oxford-junior-dictionary-letter/

Removal Of Nature Words From Children’s Dictionary Sparks Outrage
http://io9.com/removal-of-nature-words-from-childrens-dictionary-spark-1679420156

I think they’re engaging in the Appeal to Nature fallacy
http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Appeal_to_nature

Other fallacies on the PBS Idea Channel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qb-h0sXkH4

Your logical fallacy is…
https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com

Daniel Dennett on how to argue well
http://boingboing.net/2013/05/22/daniel-dennet-on-how-to-argue.html

Alan Metcalfe announces the WotY voting in the Chronicle of Higher Education
http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2015/01/08/d-day-for-woty/

The hashtag was #woty14
https://twitter.com/hashtag/woty14?src=hash

The nominations
http://www.americandialect.org/wp-content/uploads/2014-WOTY-nominations.pdf

Die-in looked like a favourite, and it didn’t even make the list.
http://www.npr.org/2014/12/28/373319644/die-in-vortex-selfie-stick-whats-the-word-of-2014

NYT: At the Super Bowl of Linguistics, May the Best Word Win
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/18/style/at-the-super-bowl-of-linguistics-may-the-best-word-win.html

The winners!
http://www.americandialect.org/2014-word-of-the-year-is-blacklivesmatter

I Can’t Even
http://youtu.be/8ruJBKFrRCk

The Baest Bae to Ever Bae: Bae Isn’t Just a Noun Anymore
http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2015/01/22/that_s_so_bae_not_just_a_noun_anymore_here_s_how_bae_gets_used_as_a_verb.html

Ben Zimmer, on ‘salty’
http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-salty-word-with-a-promising-future-1421427784

‘Man-spreaders’
http://time.com/3595497/man-spreaders-men-legs-new-york-subway/

Ophelia Benson: Subway manspreaders told to close their legs
http://freethoughtblogs.com/butterfliesandwheels/2014/12/subway-manspreaders-told-to-close-their-legs/

How Not to Be ‘Manterrupted’ in Meetings
http://time.com/3666135/sheryl-sandberg-talking-while-female-manterruptions/

Having “the Talk” #blacklivesmatter
http://www.cagle.com/2013/07/the-talk/

Was the ADS vote too American for you? Voting is still open for the Macquarie Word of the Year.
https://www.macquariedictionary.com.au/news/view/article/216/
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23macqwoty&src=typd

List of Words of the Year

Nancy Friedman
http://nancyfriedman.typepad.com/away_with_words/2014/12/words-of-the-year-2014-fritinancy-edition.html

Guardian writers
http://www.theguardian.com/media/mind-your-language/2014/dec/23/2014-have-a-word-with-yourself

Grant Barrett, Dallas Morning News
http://ht.ly/GFCnY

My picks:

Sea-lioning
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/sea-lioning

The original sea lion strip from Wondermark
http://wondermark.com/1k62/

Epicaricacy
http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-epi3.htm


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Episode 187: Emoji

Emoji. You know them, you use them — maybe more than you’d like to admit.

But where do they come from? Which ones are most popular? And what new emoji are on the way?

Linguist Daniel Midgley is worth a thousand words on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Keep the Earth clean; it’s not Uranus
https://www.facebook.com/IFeakingLoveScience/photos/a.456449604376056.98921.367116489976035/797523530268660/

Should we just rename Uranus already?
http://io9.com/should-we-just-rename-uranus-already-1481431026

Uranus In Other Language Than English
http://en.organisasi.org/translation/uranus-in-other-languages

Johanna on the Straight Dope Message Boards suggests ‘Varuna’
http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showpost.php?p=8140928&postcount=14

Varuna
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varuna

Kickstarter: Help preserve stories in the Sanhaptin language
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1797906135/legends-of-the-sahaptin-speaking-people-volume-2

Sanhaptin has split ergativity; some things get the ergative case, but some unexpected things don’t.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sahaptin_language

Stanford linguist says prejudice toward African American dialect can result in unfair rulings
http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/december/vernacular-trial-testimony-120214.html

http://kindofnormal.com/truthfacts/2014/02/03

Reddit: What if our use of emojis gradually becomes so extensive that we actually circle back to writing in hieroglyphics.
http://www.reddit.com/r/Showerthoughts/comments/2a84b8/what_if_our_use_of_emojis_gradually_becomes_so/

How emoji conquered the world: The story of the smiley face from the man who invented it
http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/4/3966140/how-emoji-conquered-the-world

Why 140 Characters, When One Will Do? Tracing The Emoji Evolution
http://www.npr.org/2014/06/30/326937998/why-140-characters-when-one-will-do-tracing-the-emoji-evolution

“IN 2013, IN RESPONSE to the question “Do you use stickers or emoji in message apps?” 74 percent of people in the U.S. and 82 percent in China responded that they have.”
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/11/emojis-rapid-evolution.html

Emoji are more common than hyphens. Is your software ready?
http://blog.luminoso.com/2013/09/04/emoji-are-more-common-than-hyphens/

Emoji Tracker: now has over half a billion uses on Twitter!
http://emojitracker.com

250 new emoji could be coming to a phone near you
http://www.androidcentral.com/250-new-emoji-could-be-coming-phone-near-you

Here’s the list
http://emojipedia.org/new-emoji/

Big list from the Unicode Consortium (PDF)
http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U1F300.pdf

✊ Start using the Unicode 7.0 emojis today
http://blog.getemoji.com/post/92123970905/start-using-the-unicode-7-0-emojis-today

Skin tones!
http://blog.emojipedia.org/2015-the-year-of-emoji-diversity

Unicode 8 slated for “Augstember NN, 2015”.
http://www.unicode.org/versions/Unicode8.0.0/

Emoji Dick: Moby Dick to be translated into Japanese emoticons
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/6218705/Emoji-Dick-Moby-Dick-to-be-translated-into-Japanese-emoticons.html

Order “Emoji Dick”
http://www.emojidick.com

How to sext in emoji
http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/03/definitive-emoji-sexting-glossary/slideshow/1/

Die-ins aren’t new.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die-in

But they’re in the news lately
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/dec/08/new-york-grand-central-terminal-die-in-protests

-in as a protest suffix
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=sit-in


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‘Computer Face / Pure Being’ by Flying Lotus
from the album Cosmogramma

‘About to Die’ by Dirty Projectors
from the album Swing Lo Magellan

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Episode 157: Digital Extinction

Will the Internet save minority languages, or kill them?

Many small languages lack an online presence, as only a handful of languages dominate the Web. On the other hand, we’ve never had so many tools to include other languages in the global conversation. Are we seeing digital death, or an electronic renaissance?

Linguist Daniel Midgley weighs it up on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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About half of Wikipedia edits are now made by bots.
http://www.newsweek.com/wikipedia-edited-bots-thats-good-thing-230234

They’re doing the minor work of editing usually handled by WikiGnomes.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiGnome

Steiner’s paper (PDF)
http://arxiv.org/pdf/1402.0412v2.pdf

We may lose half of the world’s languages in 100 years.
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/endangered-languages/

A tiny handful of languages have an enormous web presence
http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/3/language-linguisticstechnologyinternetdigitaldivideicann.html?ling

and while languages other than English are coming up, there’s still a divide.
http://qz.com/96054/english-is-no-longer-the-language-of-the-web/

The chart
http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats7.htm

Here are some stats on languages on the Internet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_used_on_the_Internet

András Kornai’s paper: Digital Language Death
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0077056

and even Baltic languages are struggling.
http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/mar/26/digital-extinction-europe-languages-fight-survive?CMP=fb_gu

Even some well-established European languages are under-represented with regard to tech tools.
http://www.meta-net.eu/whitepapers/key-results-and-cross-language-comparison

Wikipedia, mapped
http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2011/nov/11/wikipedia-map-world-languages#_

Is it important to save endangered languages?
https://docs.google.com/document/d/19MvWf22roO_egGdcma1rSAplMrQitKskxL3xn0gBgSU/edit#

What will it take to save them?
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-minority-languages-digital-extinction.html
http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/articles/saving-minority-languages-from-digital-extinction-12343.html

Google’s Endangered Language Project is helping.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/9346048/Google-to-save-endangered-languages.html
http://endangeredlanguages.com

Tuvan has an app.
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-17081573

But speakers have to use it. Social media can help with this.
http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2014/01/16/35576/can-social-media-help-save-the-world-s-endangered/

Digital libraries are important.
http://www.cs.waikato.ac.nz/~tetaka/PDF/DLandMinority.pdf

“Conscious uncoupling”
http://o.canada.com/entertainment/celebrity/conscious-uncoupling/


Show tunes

‘Fragile, or Possibly Extinct’ by The Mercury Project
from the album A Data Learn the Language

‘Dead Sound’ by the Raveonettes
from the album Lust Lust Lust

Episode 156: Emotional Language

Emotions are fleeting. But when they’re captured in language, we can study how they spread from person to person, and even through time.

What impact does the emotional language of others have on you? And how many emotions are there anyway?

Linguist Daniel Midgley lets it all out on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Has the Voynich Manuscript been cracked? No, but another interesting teaser.
http://boingboing.net/2014/02/21/voynich-manuscript-partially-d.html
http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/176970-voynich-manuscript-most-mysterious-text-in-world-may-have-been-cracked
http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/engineering/news/has-the-most-mysterious-manuscript-in-the-world-finally-been-cracked-16532856

Sentiment analysis is an important subarea in computational linguistics.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sentiment_analysis

When people post Facebook messages in rainy times, their posts have more negative emotion words — and so do those of their friends later.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-03/uoc–caf031114.php

Corvillo, et al.: Detecting Emotional Contagion in Massive Social Networks
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0090315

Also: Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adults
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0069841

Hard times means a decade of miserable literature.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140109004155.htm

How do you spot emotions in text anyway? You could try Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC).
http://www.liwc.net

One rather clunky but successful approach involves hand-built lists of positive and negative words.
http://www.slideshare.net/stevenkellyactor/positive-emotions-list
http://www.slideshare.net/stevenkellyactor/negative-emotions

Paul Ekman did research in PNG and found emotions were the same as for Americans (PDF)
https://www.uni-muenster.de/imperia/md/content/psyifp/aeechterhoff/wintersemester2011-12/vorlesungkommperskonflikt/ekman_friesen_constantsemofacialexpr_jpsp1971.pdf

More about his work
http://education-portal.com/academy/lesson/ekmans-six-basic-emotions-list-definitions-quiz.html

Can you pick the emotions in this simple test?
http://www.cio.com/article/facial-expressions-test

People recognise four emotions rather than six.
http://www.gla.ac.uk/news/headline_306019_en.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-02/uog-wao020314.php

And, contra Ekman, these expressions do not appear to be universal.
http://www.northeastern.edu/news/2014/03/barrett-gendron/

The OED has added a bracket of new words
http://time.com/23817/oxford-english-dictionary-adds-bestie-crap-shoot-bathroom-break/

Including four versions of cunt
http://jezebel.com/cunty-cuntish-cunted-and-cunting-added-to-oxford-engl-1543768870

Here’s the full list
http://public.oed.com/the-oed-today/recent-updates-to-the-oed/march-2014-update/new-words-list-march-2014/

Hondle?
http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/hondle


Show tunes

‘I Gotta Feeling’ by the Eagles of Death Metal
from the album Death by Sexy

‘It All Feels Right’ by Washed Out
from the album Paracosm

Episode 151: Search Censorship

Search engines help us find what we’re looking for. So when governments put pressure on search companies, the results can be sinister.

A cyber-monitoring group says Microsoft’s Bing is squelching politically sensitive topics. What are their responsibilities, and what can people do to keep the information flowing?

Linguist Daniel Midgley searches for answers on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Promo with James Hall


Show notes

Facebook allows custom genders
http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/facebook-now-allows-users-to-pick-a-custom-gender-beyond-mal

About 50+ in all.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/02/14/facebook_offers_50plus_new_gender_options_for_users/

Cis-
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/cis-

An Internet watchdog accuses Microsoft’s Bing of censoring Sino-sensitive results, even outside China.
http://phys.org/news/2014-02-microsoft-bing-accused-chinese-language-censorship.html
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/feb/11/bing-censors-chinese-language-search-results

Microsoft denies it
http://phys.org/news/2014-02-microsoft-denies-chinese-language-bing-censorship.html
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/feb/12/microsoft-bing-censor-chinese-search-results-system-error?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487

Bing has some ‘splaining to do.
http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/herdict/2014/02/13/bing-needs-to-explain-its-search-algorithms/

What do you do if you’re a search engine in China?
http://www.economist.com/blogs/analects/2014/02/internet-censorship

Google’s history of censorship
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Censorship_by_Google

Google says it’s getting hammered
http://www.pcworld.com/article/257808/google_reports_alarming_rate_of_government_censorship.html

and puts out a transparency report to document it all.
http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals/government/

Bing could use one of those.
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/feb/14/micorsoft-bing-china-censorship-transparency

Google now explains the censorship, and provides suggestions.
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2012/may/31/google-alert-chinese-users-censored

Blogger redirects you to a country-specific URL so it can censor country by country.
https://support.google.com/blogger/answer/2402711?hl=en

Chinese speakers have ways around this.
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=2699

Kevin Slavin on how algorithms shape our world
http://www.ted.com/talks/kevin_slavin_how_algorithms_shape_our_world.html

How do search engines work?
http://computer.howstuffworks.com/internet/basics/search-engine.htm
http://www.searchcatalyst.co.uk/learn/how-do-search-engines-work

There have been many Google Bombs over the years.
http://www.screamingfrog.co.uk/google-bombs/

Google put a stop to them.
http://searchengineland.com/google-kills-bushs-miserable-failure-search-other-google-bombs-10363

Why not try DuckDuckGo?
https://duckduckgo.com

The words of the Winter Olympics
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/winter-olympics/10627035/Winter-Olympics-the-language-explained.html


Show tunes

‘Stay’ by the Go Find
from the album Everybody Knows It’s Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight

‘Stadium Ice’ by Squarepusher
from the album Ufabulum

Episode 142: Yeah No

Yes and no.

You use these words all the time, but how often do you think about them? They’re not nouns, they’re not verbs, so what are they? Why do we nod our heads yes and shake our heads no? And what’s the deal with yeah no?

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


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Ben wondered whether we could do a whole based on two words, but we did it. It was easy, since it’s two of the richest and most interesting words in English: yes and no. And I liked getting to the bottom of the quasi-Australian expression yeah no.

The sad news is that Marcia Wallace (Miss Krabappel of the Simpsons) has passed on. I try to work the word cromulent into conversations whenever I can, so this was a sad one for me.

Also, as a kid, I was a huge game show fan, so I remember her from Password Plus, where she appeared frequently. In fact, I just caught this clip from those days. The answer was Harry and she elicited hairy from her team-mate, which then caused the judges to say they got the answer wrong because they’re pronounced differently.

I actually can’t watch this; it’s too painful! Yes, Harry and hairy are pronounced differently in some varieties of English, but not in all. In fact, my variety — Pacific Northwest English — has the Mary/marry/merry merger, so we say them all the same. And yet here’s the host Tom Kennedy, trying to explain phonology terribly, appealing to authority all the while. Aaargh! Time to invent that time machine.


Show notes

The school that banned texting during breaks
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/19570730/school-bans-phones-at-breaks/

More thoughts from my blog
http://goodreasonblog.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/school-bans-texting-at-breaks.html

Origin of yes
http://etymonline.com/index.php?term=yes&allowed_in_frame=0

Origin of no
http://etymonline.com/index.php?term=no&allowed_in_frame=0

English used to have a four-part system with yes, yea, no, and nay.
http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/28581/did-english-ever-have-a-word-for-yes-for-negative-questions

And what’s the deal with aye?
http://etymonline.com/?term=aye

What part of speech is yes and no?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes_and_no

Why do we nod ‘yes’ and shake ‘no’?
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/619/why-do-we-nod-our-heads-for-yes-and-shake-them-for-no

Darwin thought it was innate. Search on this page for ‘Signs of affirmation or approval, and of negation or disapproval: nodding and shaking the head.
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1227/1227-h/1227-h.htm

For Bulgarians, it’s the opposite.
http://goeasteurope.about.com/od/bulgariaandthebalkans/qt/yesandno.htm

Burridge and Florey’s treatment of yeah-no: “Yeah-no, he’s a good kid.” (Paywall.)
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0726860022000013166?journalCode=cajl20#preview

It’s kind of Australian,
http://www.languagehat.com/archives/001395.php

kind of not.
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/005523.html

Ben Yagoda’s take
http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2012/06/14/yeah-no/

Embiggen and cromulent appeared in this episode of the Simpsons.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_the_Iconoclast

Here’s the clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqW5XTuRp_8


Show tunes

‘Say Yes’ by Elliott Smith
from the album Either/Or

‘There’s No Other Way’ by Blur
from the album Leisure

Episode 81: Tween Texting Terror

A couple of recent studies seem to confirm what many fear: text abbreviations cause poor grammar and writing skills in tweens and teens.

Are we on the verge of a new Dark Age? Will the Internet render us incapable of language? Well, not so fast. There’s evidence that textspeak is actually beneficial to language, and that the fears are overblown.

Linguist Daniel Midgley hoses down the panic on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

First article: Professor says teens’ social media lingo hurts writing skills
http://phys.org/news/2012-07-professor-teens-social-media-lingo.html

Second one: No lol matter: Tween texting may lead to poor grammar skills
http://phys.org/news/2012-07-lol-tween-texting-poor-grammar.html
Also:
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/inside-school-research/2012/07/duz_txting_hurt_yr_kidz_gramr_.html

Link to the paper:
http://nms.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/05/10/1461444812442927

Moral panic from Schlegel: “A nation whose language becomes rude and barbarous must be on the brink of barbarism in regard to everything else.”
http://pratclif.com/language/language-change-old.pdf

Language Log has been all over this:
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=609

In other research, texting doesn’t hurt grammar.
2006: http://stephenslighthouse.com/2006/08/04/texting-doesnt-hurt-grammar-study/
2009: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2341776,00.asp

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