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Episode 278: Like (featuring Alexandra D’Arcy)

Do you, like, like LIKE?

LIKE is often used and often reviled these days, but not everyone realises that LIKE has a long history. And it follows regular patterns — patterns we seem to know instinctively, but which we have a hard time articulating. How did LIKE get this way, and should you be trying to stop using it?

Daniel talks to sociolinguist Alexandra D’Arcy on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

Signs of Australia : a new dictionary of Auslan (the sign language of the Australian deaf community) / edited by Trevor Johnston
http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/377262

Coming soon: First-of-its-kind Indian sign language dictionary
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/coming-soon-first-of-its-kind-indian-sign-language-dictionary-4487058/

The people behind India’s first sign language dictionary
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-39101899

Ethnologue: Indian Sign Language
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/ins

Empowering the Deaf
http://indiansignlanguage.org

Giphy Collects Together Thousands Of Animated GIFs To Help You Learn Sign Language
https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2017/02/giphy-collects-together-thousands-of-animated-gifs-to-help-you-learn-sign-language/

Call to give sign language official status
https://www.brandsouthafrica.com/governance/services/rights/disability-051212

Sign language users have better reaction times and peripheral vision
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170206084253.htm

Online Etymology Dictionary: like
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=like

Like, OMG! ‘Like’ Is, Like, Totally Cool, Linguist Says
http://www.themillions.com/2014/02/like-omg-like-is-like-totally-cool-linguist-says.html

Like, Why Do We Use Like So Much?
http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/lexicon_valley/2017/02/john_mcwhorter_with_alexandra_d_arcy_on_the_word_like.html

Discourse markers are, like, important
https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2017/01/21/discourse-markers-are-like-important/Y92NncxhOIiYsDWQHIkdvJ/story.html

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913
https://www.oldbaileyonline.org

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

How Uber Deceives the Authorities Worldwide
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/technology/uber-greyball-program-evade-authorities.html?_r=0

Uber’s unravelling: The stunning, 2 week string of blows that has upended the world’s most valuable startup
https://www.businessinsider.com.au/uber-scandal-recap-2017-3/?r=US&IR=T#/#sunday-february-19-the-beginning-1

Uberfy or Get Uberfied! The Psychology of Digital Disruption
http://digitalintelligencetoday.com/uberfy-or-get-uberfied-the-psychology-of-digital-disruption/

Sexism at Uber from female management #UberStory
https://medium.com/@contactkeala/sexism-at-uber-from-female-management-uberstory-238874075bbb#.w54lc2z4t

Much help from Word-Formation in English by Ingo Plag
https://books.google.com.au/books/about/Word_formation_in_English.html?id=78KFCIHtJS4C&redir_esc=y

What is the difference between the suffixes -ize and -ify
http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/189530/what-is-the-difference-between-the-suffixes-ize-and-ify


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Episode 275: The Linguistic Listician (featuring Arika Okrent)

You won’t believe what it takes to make a good linguistic article!

Listicles, or list articles, can be interesting, amusing, and even informative. What goes into the creation of a good linguistic listicle? How can they change someone’s mind about language? And what’s in the future for science communication?

Linguist and writer Arika Okrent talks to Daniel and Kylie on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

What’s the Correct Pronunciation of February?
http://mentalfloss.com/article/54846/whats-correct-pronunciation-february

Adoptees advantaged by birth language memory
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170118082828.htm

Infants Exposed to Languages Can Retain Them Later in Life
http://www.livescience.com/57718-infants-language-exposure-impacts-learning.html

Early development of abstract language knowledge: evidence from perception–production transfer of birth-language memory
http://rsos.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/4/1/160660

Learn a New Lingo While Doing Something Else
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/learn-a-new-lingo-while-doing-something-else/

Maternal language shapes infants’ cry melodies
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160819084631.htm

Arika Okrent on Mental Floss
http://mentalfloss.com/authors/arika-okrent

12 Horrible Gobbledygook Words We Reluctantly Accepted
http://mentalfloss.com/article/31854/12-horrible-gobbledygook-words-we-reluctantly-accepted

The Grammar Rules Behind 3 Commonly Disparaged Dialects
http://mentalfloss.com/article/51741/grammar-rules-behind-3-commonly-disparaged-dialects

6 French and German Dialects That Are 100 Percent American
http://mentalfloss.com/article/91584/6-french-and-german-dialects-are-100-percent-american

The listicle as literary form
http://mag.uchicago.edu/arts-humanities/listicle-literary-form

Ben Zimmer: The rise of the shitgibbon
https://stronglang.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/the-rise-of-the-shitgibbon/

Linguists Have Been Discussing “Shit Gibbon.” I Argue It’s Not Entirely About Gibbons.
http://www.languagejones.com/blog-1/2017/2/9/linguists-have-been-discussing-shit-gibbon-i-argue-its-not-entirely-about-gibbons

The orgin and constraints of “shitgibbon” compounds
http://allthingslinguistic.com/post/157210818652/the-orgin-and-constraints-of-shitgibbon

Shitgibbon frequencies (by Daniel)
http://goodreasonblog.com/2017/02/shitgibbon-frequencies/

The Raised Fist Emoji Is Social Media’s Resistance Symbol
http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/raised-fist-emoji-resistance_us_5899e39fe4b09bd304bd8ac9

Links to “might as well” in Google Books
1 | 2 | 3

May, Might, Muddle
https://afterdeadline.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/14/may-might-muddle/?_r=0

“Tribune” (with commentary from Aven)
https://www.facebook.com/rtrfmtalkthetalk/posts/1658229270870525


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Episode 250: Comma Sutra (featuring Louisa Fitzhardinge)

The Talk the Talk team is taking a break, but Daniel jumped at the chance to speak to Louisa Fitzhardinge, whose new comedy show ‘Comma Sutra’ looks at the lighter side of the use — and misuse — of grammar.

But linguists and self-described grammar mavens don’t always get along. Is concern for good grammar necessary, or does it lead to linguistic discrimination?


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Louisa Fitzhardinge: News
http://www.louisafitzhardinge.com/#!news/ur1ar


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Episode 241: Emoji Disasters

What happens when emoji go wrong?

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Emojipedia
http://emojipedia.org

Sassy hand girl! 💁

High-five? or prayer? 🙏

Person raising both hands in celebration 🙌

Grinning face with smiling eyes 😁

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Episode 238: Questions, Questions

Our listeners have questions, and we have answers.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language:
Google Books link

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Episode 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 219: Eggcorns

Have you heard of eggcorns?

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“straight” jacket is more common in books.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Episode 208: Bogan Linguistics (featuring Roz Rowen)

Are you, or have you ever been a bogan?

Bogan English doesn’t get a lot of respect, but one linguist is transcending social boundaries to bring Bogan Linguistics to the world.

Linguist Roz Rowen cracks a tinny with Daniel Midgley on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Language and Identity in Australia
http://www.convictcreations.com/research/languageidentity.html

Emoji Report Part II: Which is the most popular emoji in your language?
http://swiftkey.com/en/blog/emoji-report-part-ii-which-is-most-popular-emoji-in-your-language/

Linguists launch war of words on emoji as a language debate
http://www.news.com.au/technology/linguists-launch-war-of-words-on-emoji-as-a-language-debate/story-e6frfrnr-1227363153794

Sorry, Emoji Doesn’t Make You Dumber
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/language-in-the-mind/201506/sorry-emoji-doesnt-make-you-dumber

In Defense Of ‘Textspeak’: A Socio-Linguist Says Emojis And LOLs Are Modernizing English
http://www.wpr.org/defense-textspeak-socio-linguist-says-emojis-and-lols-are-modernizing-english

Library to get new Latin motto after officials realize original’s double-meaning
http://www.startribune.com/new-motto-to-replace-library-s-lost-in-translation-original/306124321/

Sydney Uni calls time on 150-year Latin love affair
http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/sydney-uni-calls-time-on-150year-latin-love-affair-20100216-o8zk.html

Daily Derp: Vermont’s New State Motto Is in Latin – Conservatives Bash Latinos
http://www.ifyouonlynews.com/politics/daily-derp-vermonts-new-state-motto-is-in-latin-conservatives-bash-latinos-screenshots/

Take our word for it: the Aussie ‘bogan’ is in
http://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/east/take-our-word-for-it-the-aussie-bogan-is-in/story-fni9r0lo-1226763717481

Budju – Pole Top Rescue
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZSBPMJP_00

Tony Abbott confronts Cabinet over leaks on national security split; says discussion was ‘come to Jesus moment’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-02/abbott-confronts-cabinet-colleagues-over-leaks/6515170

Extraordinarily detailed leak from Cabinet challenges PM’s authority despite backbench support
http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2015/s4246599.htm

First Dog on the Moon: The leaks! The lies! The whole nation is doing its nut!
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/05/the-leaks-the-lies-the-whole-nation-is-doing-its-nut

Barry Popik: “Come-to-Jesus” Meeting
http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/come_to_jesus_meeting/

WordWizard: come-to-Jesus moment
http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=22599

UD: come-to-Jesus moment
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=come-to-Jesus+moment

Forbes: ‘Come To Jesus Moment’ Is The Most Annoying Business Expression On Earth
http://www.forbes.com/sites/brettnelson/2013/04/03/come-to-jesus-moment-is-the-most-annoying-business-expression-on-earth/


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Episode 206: Baby Talk, or Not?

Everyone seems to use baby talk on babies. And linguists think it helps them learn language.

But a new study says dads don’t do it as much. Does it matter? And what kind of input helps children learn?

Linguist Daniel Midgley takes some quality time on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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This 7-week-old baby is not saying “hello”
http://karenstollznow.com/this-7-week-old-baby-is-not-saying-hello/

No one should ever say ‘said no one ever’
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/14/no-one-should-ever-say-said-no-one-ever

Eduard Khil – Official Trolololo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32UGD0fV45g

Lists of memes
http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2012/06/the-100-greatest-internet-memes-of-all-time/
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/catchphrases
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Internet_phenomena

Chinese fans left ‘close to tears’ by clumsy Avengers: Age of Ultron subtitles
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/may/14/chinese-fans-left-close-to-tears-by-clumsy-avengers-age-of-ultron-subtitles

Avengers: Age of Ultron gets hysterical Chinese translations, moves filmgoers to tears
http://www.digitaltrends.com/movies/avengers-chinese-translations/

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Subtitles Leave Chinese Baffled
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/age-ultron-subtitles-baffle-chinese-795308

Avengers: Age of Ultron Has Some Confusing Chinese Translations
https://nerdist.com/avengers-age-of-ultron-has-some-confusing-chinese-translations/

Quora: What is the funniest translation you have ever heard or read?
http://www.quora.com/What-is-the-funniest-translation-you-have-ever-heard-or-read

“I don’t understand French. All the previous subtitles were made up and I’m not making up any more…”
http://www.quora.com/What-is-the-funniest-translation-you-have-ever-heard-or-read/answer/Xiao-Chen-32

Dads should cut out the baby talk to improve their child’s language skills, study stays
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/dads-should-cut-out-the-baby-talk-to-improve-their-childs-language-skills-study-stays-10262127.html

Modern dads may do diapers but not baby talk, WSU study finds
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/science/modern-dads-may-do-diapers-but-not-baby-talk-study-finds/

Child-Directed Speech of Fathers
http://www.linguisticsociety.org/abstract/child-directed-speech-fathers

Quality of Words, Not Quantity, Is Crucial to Language Skills, Study Finds
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/17/us/quality-of-words-not-quantity-is-crucial-to-language-skills-study-finds.html?_r=1

Slide presentation by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek (PDF)
https://www.relmidatlantic.org/sites/default/files/general_uploads/How%20High%20Quality%20Language%20Environments%20Create%20High%20Quality%20Learning%20Environments_Kathy%20Hirsh-Pasek.pdf

We Need To Decide How To Spell The Abbreviation Of “Casual”
http://www.buzzfeed.com/stephanieanderson/cazj-or-cas?bffb&utm_term=4ldqphp#.hhJemRZG1

The new Scrabble words make you fear for the English language
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-new-scrabble-words-make-you-fear-for-the-english-language-10265688.html

Go Forth And Pwn For Shizzle, Word List Guardians Tell Scrabble Players
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/05/21/408508565/go-forth-and-pwn-for-shizzle-say-scrabble-word-list-s-guardians


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Episode 196: Irish

The Irish language is attracting a lot of attention.

It’s now a major player among minority languages, but even so, it’s a surprisingly contentious topic for many.

Linguist Daniel Midgley finds out what it’s all about on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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French must drop ‘ineffective barriers’ against other languages – minister
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/12/french-must-drop-useless-barriers-against-other-languages-minister

France’s language protectors drop stance against English
http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/france-s-language-protectors-drop-stance-against-english-1.2279803

France’s linguistic guardians drop fierce anti-English stance
http://www.businessinsider.com/afp-frances-linguistic-guardians-drop-fierce-anti-english-stance-2015-3?IR=T

Inheritors of Dante launch ‘Say it in Italian’ campaign against language of Dickens
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11464718/Inheritors-of-Dante-launch-Say-it-in-Italian-campaign-against-language-of-Dickens.html

A very silly piece: Dante turns in his grave as Italian language declines
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/09/opinions/italian-language-learning/

A whole bunch of words you had no idea were Italian
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=italian&searchmode=none&p=0&allowed_in_frame=0

How to say “Good Morning” in Irish Gaelic
http://www.bitesizeirishgaelic.com/blog/good-morning-in-irish-gaelic/

Hear it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXQmFQ-94O8

How to Say Seven Key Gaelic Phrases
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4lUPvik-uU

And some other phrases. Click on the links to hear! (Saved my butt for this episode, I can tell you.)
http://www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/irish.php

Language restrictions on NSW prisoners deemed ‘high risk’ despite no known terrorist threat
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/language-restrictions-on-nsw-prisoners-deemed-high-risk-despite-no-known-terrorist-threat-20150308-13y6as.html

Banning prisoners from speaking Arabic is lazy and probably a human rights breach
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/fullysic/2015/03/08/banning-prisoners-from-speaking-arabic-is-lazy-and-probably-a-human-rights-breach/

“If they are worried, they should have bilingual people running the place,” [Joe Caputo, head of the federation of ethnic community councils of Australia] said.
http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/mar/08/high-risk-inmates-at-nsw-super-max-jail-banned-from-speaking-arabic

Abbott criticised for ‘patronising’ Patrick’s Day video
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/asia-pacific/abbott-criticised-for-patronising-patrick-s-day-video-1.2136634

Tony Abbott’s St Patrick’s Day Message Is Exactly As Weird And Vaguely Offensive As You’d Expect
http://junkee.com/tony-abbotts-st-patricks-day-message-is-exactly-as-weird-and-vaguely-offensive-as-youd-expect/52967

Omniglot: Irish
http://www.omniglot.com/writing/irish.htm

Irish is available on Duolingo
https://www.duolingo.com/comment/4279133

Google adds Irish to list of Gmail options
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/12/11/irish-minority-languages.html

10 Reasons Why Irish Is an Absolutely Awesome Language
https://multikulti.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/10-reasons-why-irish-is-an-absolutely-awesome-language/

8 Fun Facts About the Irish Language
http://mentalfloss.com/article/49480/8-fun-facts-about-irish-language

The Real Irish-American Story Not Taught in Schools
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/03/16/real-irish-american-story-not-taught-schools

What is the origin of ph being pronounced f?
http://www.quora.com/What-is-the-origin-of-ph-being-pronounced-f

A Beginner’s Guide to Irish Gaelic Pronunciation
http://www.standingstones.com/gaelpron.html

eBook: Pronunciation Cheat Sheets for Irish Gaelic
http://www.bitesizeirishgaelic.com/ebooks/pronunciation/

English As We Speak It in Ireland, by P. W. Joyce, 1910
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/34251

Commissioner resigns over Government failures on Irish
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/commissioner-resigns-over-government-failures-on-irish-1.1616978

“One of the complaints investigated by the office  last year saw a young man arrested after the tried to engage the Garda through Irish. He had been stopped in relation to a road traffic matter but found himself in handcuffs at a local station until somebody who could speak Irish was found.”
http://www.thejournal.ie/gardai-examine-practices-after-complaint-about-use-of-irish-language-830100-mar2013/

Irish MEP starts language strike over treatment of Irish language
https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58455

Striking for Irish and linguistic diversity
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/striking-irish-linguistic-diversity-150307094450137.html

Irish-language music video app TG Lurgan launches
http://www.siliconrepublic.com/new-media/item/30536-irish-language-music-video

TG Lurgan on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/user/tglurgan/featured

Ciarán Ó Braonáin’s blog “My Language Diary”
http://mylanguagediary.com

How do you say ‘thank you’ in Irish?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXQmFQ-94O8

What are some other ways you can learn Irish?
Maine Observer: Celebrate Irish heritage through language
http://www.pressherald.com/2015/03/08/maine-observer-celebrate-irish-heritage-through-language/

Tourists Try To Translate Irish Slang
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9grgiwZNUs

Remote communities are ‘lifestyle choices’, says Tony Abbott
http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/mar/10/remote-communities-are-lifestyle-choices-says-tony-abbott

Tony Abbott a ‘disgrace’, says Federal Opposition after comments that living in remote Indigenous communities was a ‘lifestyle choice’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-10/tony-abbott-backs-decision-to-close-wa-indigenous-communities/6295296

#lifestylechoice on Twitter
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23lifestylechoice&src=tyah

First Dog on the Moon: Lifestyle choices of the rich and racist
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/11/lifestyle-choices-of-the-rich-and-racist

The Shovel: Taxpayers Forced To Fund Lifestyle Choice Of Small Group Of Australians (satire)
http://www.theshovel.com.au/2015/03/11/taxpayers-forced-to-fund-lifestyle-choice-of-certain-australians/

US Senator Joe Lieberman: “…sexual promiscuity is too often treated as just another lifestyle choice with little risk of adverse consequences.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2000/08/08/us/2000-campaign-lieberman-lewinsky-affair-embarrassing-for-all-us-americans.html

Don’t be surprised by Abbott’s comments about ‘lifestyle choices’
https://theconversation.com/dont-be-surprised-by-abbotts-comments-about-lifestyle-choices-38711

Chipewyan baby name not allowed on N.W.T. birth certificate
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/chipewyan-baby-name-not-allowed-on-n-w-t-birth-certificate-1.2984173


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