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Episode 301: Mailbag of Wonder

We’re taking your questions on this episode.

What’s happening with tildes and Facebook? Can you have a big huge balloon, or could it also be huge big? And if you move a meeting forward, is it later or earlier?

The answers may surprise you on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Miscellany № 60: the secret life of the tilde
http://www.shadycharacters.co.uk/2015/03/miscellany-60-tilde/

French baby boy banned from having name containing tilde
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/sep/13/french-baby-boy-banned-from-getting-name-containing-symbol

The French baby names the law wouldn’t allow
https://www.thelocal.fr/20161118/french-baby-names-banned-nutella-renault

JoAnna’s message
https://www.facebook.com/rtrfmtalkthetalk/posts/1907400722620044?notif_t=like&notif_id=1505468825260191

Facebook Is Testing Rich Text Formatting With Markdown
http://wersm.com/facebook-is-testing-rich-text-formatting-with-markdown/

The Hidden Language Of The ~Tilde~
https://www.buzzfeed.com/josephbernstein/the-hidden-language-of-the-tilde

Irony & Sarcasm marks, part 3 of 3
http://www.shadycharacters.co.uk/2011/10/irony-sarcasm-marks-part-3-of-3/

Now you can impress your friends with bold, italics and strikethrough in WhatsApp
https://techcrunch.com/2016/03/29/now-you-can-impress-your-friends-with-bold-italics-and-strikethrough-in-whatsapp/

Wikipedia: List of dialects of the English language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dialects_of_the_English_language

Why Doesn’t Modern Australia Have Diverse Regional Accents?
https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/why-doesn-t-modern-australia-have-diverse-regional-accents

Dialect Blog: The 3 Types of Australian Accents
http://dialectblog.com/2011/07/10/types-of-australian-accents/

Monash University: Inclusive language
http://www.monash.edu/about/editorialstyle/writing/inclusive-language

How to name Aboriginal people?
https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/people/how-to-name-aboriginal-people

Indigenous, Aboriginal or Aborigine? It’s not black and white
https://www.crikey.com.au/2012/08/15/indigenous-aboriginal-or-aborigine-its-not-black-and-white/

Men Also Like Shopping: Reducing Gender Bias Amplification using Corpus-level Constraints
https://arxiv.org/abs/1707.09457

Nuñez et al.: Time after time: The psychological reality of the Ego- and Time-Reference-Point distinction in metaphorical construals of time. (PDF)
http://www.cogsci.ucsd.edu/~nunez/web/timeaftertimeF+.pdf

Grammarphobia: Forward thinking
https://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2009/09/forward-thinking.html

Google’s comment-ranking system will be a hit with the alt-right
https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/01/google-perspective-comment-ranking-system/

Google: Perspective API
http://www.perspectiveapi.com/#/

FBI: Sextortion
https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/sextortion

Tips on how to deal with webcam blackmail, or sextortion, if you’re a victim
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/38150192/tips-on-how-to-deal-with-webcam-blackmail-or-sextortion-if-youre-a-victim

Sextortion Advice
https://www.cleveland.police.uk/advice-information/Sextortion.aspx

‘Sextortion’ on the rise: NCA’s advice for blackmail victims
http://www.theweek.co.uk/79215/sextortion-on-the-rise-ncas-advice-for-blackmail-victims

‘Don’t take nude selfies’ and other ways men treat women with contempt
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-27/nude-selfies-and-why-men-treat-women-with-contempt/7790720

How to Avoid Email Bankruptcy: 5 Rules That Work
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/how-to-avoid-email-bankruptcy-5-rules-that-work.html

The right way to deal with ’email bankruptcy’
http://www.zdnet.com/article/the-right-way-to-deal-with-email-bankruptcy/

Language Hat: Cultural Adaptation.
http://languagehat.com/cultural-adaptation/


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Episode 297: Let’s Hear It for the Speechies (featuring Jamaica Grantis)

Happy Speech Pathology Week!

When we think of speech pathology, we might think of speaking exercises or correcting impediments. But it’s just as much about access, training, and representation for people with vocal difficulties. So what’s happening in the field?

Daniel and Ben speak with our new resident speechie Jamaica Grantis on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Trump aide Miller blasts CNN reporter for ‘cosmopolitan bias’
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/345012-wh-aide-blasts-cnn-reporter-for-cosmopolitan-bias

The Ugly History of Stephen Miller’s ‘Cosmopolitan’ Epithet
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/08/03/the-ugly-history-of-stephen-millers-cosmopolitan-epithet-215454

Stephen Miller’s Dog Whistles to White Nationalists
http://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/08/04/stephen-millers-dog-whistles-to-white-nationalists/

Stephen Miller accused Jim Acosta of “cosmopolitan bias,” here is the term’s ugly history
https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2017/08/03/stephen-miller-accused-jim-acosta-cosmopolitan-bias-here-terms-ugly-history/217513

‘Smiley’ Emojis in Formal Workplace E-Mails could Create Frowns, says BGU Study
http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/Pages/news/smiley_emojis.aspx

Glikson et al: The Dark Side of a Smiley: Effects of Smiling Emoticons on Virtual First Impressions
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1948550617720269

Science Just Gave Us Another Reason Not to Use Emoji at Work
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/298723

Use Smiley Emojis in Your Work Emails? Here’s Why Science Says You Should Stop Right Now
https://www.inc.com/chris-matyszczyk/use-smiley-emojis-in-your-work-emails-heres-why-sc.html

‘Breksit’ or ‘bregzit’? The question that divides a nation
https://theconversation.com/breksit-or-bregzit-the-question-that-divides-a-nation-82278

Youglish: exit (UK only)
http://youglish.com/search/exit/uk

Speech Pathology Week 2017
http://www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/SPAweb/whats_on/Speech_Pathology_Week/SPAweb/What_s_On/Speech_Pathology_Week/Speech_Pathology_Week.aspx

“Citronellanacht”: Donald Trump Needs To Not Be President Yesterday
http://thefederalist.com/2017/08/16/donald-trump-needs-to-not-be-president-yesterday/

Shana East: There is no such thing as the “alt-Left”.
https://www.facebook.com/secretgeeksociety/posts/10214241396172213

Sorry conservatives. There’s no equivalence between the extreme right and the extreme left.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/08/16/sorry-conservatives-theres-no-equivalence-between-the-extreme-right-and-the-extreme-left/

Early reference to bothsidesism
Google Books

Google Trends: bothsidesism
https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?q=bothsidesism

The Roots of the ‘What About?’ Ploy
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-roots-of-the-what-about-ploy-1497019827

Wikipedia: Whataboutism
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whataboutism

Weekly Word Watch: from ‘Big Ben’ to the ‘alt-left’
https://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2017/08/weekly-word-watch-big-ben-alt-left/

TtT Facebook thread on Pauline Hansen’s Senate burqa stunt
https://www.facebook.com/rtrfmtalkthetalk/posts/1876818759011574


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Episode 294: Trademarks and Slurs (featuring Simon Tam)

Freedom of expression is again in the news.

Simon Tam has won his case before the US Supreme Court, allowing him to trademark the name of his all-Asian rock band, the Slants. But this ruling opens the door to people who want to trademark other offensive names — or hold on to existing ones. Is that okay? How do we distinguish between reclamation and vilification?

Linguist Daniel Midgley talks it over with Simon Tam on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Abraham Lincoln’s Bixby Letter Mystery Finally Solved After 150 Years
http://www.newsweek.com/abraham-lincoln-bixby-letter-john-hay-jk-rowling-639788

Abe Lincoln mystery ‘almost certainly’ solved using technique that unmasked JK Rowling
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-abe-lincoln-mystery-technique-unmasked.html

Joe Nickell’s analysis
Google Books link

Great slides from Andrea Nini
https://niniandrea.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/lss_bixby.pdf

Paper: Attributing the Bixby Letter using n-gram tracing
https://www.dropbox.com/s/yifszl1aes2ovqx/BIXBY_FINAL.pdf?dl=0

The Slants’ Simon Tam Wins Supreme Court Case to Trademark Offensive Band Name
https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/06/the-slants-win-lawsuit-to-keep-offensive-name.html

Supreme Court: Rejecting trademarks that ‘disparage’ others violates the First Amendment
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-rejecting-trademarks-that-disparage-others-violates-the-first-amendment/2017/06/19/26a33ffa-23b3-11e7-a1b3-faff0034e2de_story.html

An indie rock band just cleared the way for the Washington Redskins to keep their racist name
https://qz.com/1009567/the-washington-redskins-could-keep-their-racist-name-thanks-to-a-supreme-court-ruling-over-an-asian-american-rock-band/

Rock band The Slants’ victory in court secures your rights
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/19/opinions/free-speech-scotus-randazza-opinion/index.html

Listen to The Slants: The Band Who Must Not Be Named
http://www.theslants.com/album/the-band-who-must-not-be-named/

Seattle band Thunderpussy awaits Supreme Court ruling on controversial names
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/northwest/thunderpussy-disparaging-or-empowering-seattle-band-awaits-us-supreme-court-ruling-on-controversial-names/

Facebook community standards under scrutiny as out and proud ‘dykes’ banned
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-06/facebook-banning-algorithims-block-lesbians-from-using-dyke/8676284

Richard Dawkins deplatformed at a book talk in Berkeley for “abusive speech” about Islam on Twitter
https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2017/07/21/richard-dawkins-deplatformed-at-a-book-talk-berkeley-for-abusive-speech-about-islam-on-twitter/

Richard Dawkins’ Open Letter to the People Who Canceled His Event
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/07/21/richard-dawkins-open-letter-to-the-people-who-canceled-his-event/

Organizations have the right to not invite Richard Dawkins — or me — to speak
https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2017/07/22/organizations-have-the-right-to-not-invite-richard-dawkins-or-me-to-speak/#ixzz4nnYh6vCg

‘Disinvite’ or ‘Uninvite’?
https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/disinvite-vs-uninvite


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Episode 293: A Computer Walks into a Bar

What kind of jokes would computers write?

Humour is a very human thing to do, but can computers learn to do it? They will, if the new generation of computational linguists has their way. But what would a computer find funny? And are computer scientists funny enough to pull this off?

Daniel, Ben, and Kylie get serious about comedy on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Can quantum theory explain why jokes are funny?
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170317102438.htm

447 people have been shot and killed by police in 2017.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/police-shootings-2017/

Body cams reveal U.S. police use less respectful language with black drivers
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/06/body-cams-reveal-us-police-use-less-respectful-language-black-drivers

Paper: Language from police body camera footage shows racial disparities in officer respect
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/05/30/1702413114

How funny is this word? The ‘snunkoople’ effect
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151130131847.htm

Paper: Telling the world’s least funny jokes: On the quantification of humor as entropy (PDF)
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Cyrus_Shaoul/publication/282817301_Telling_the_world’s_least_funny_jokes_On_the_quantification_of_humor_as_entropy/links/561d46d708ae50795afd7bcd.pdf

Paper: Unsupervised joke generation from big data (PDF)
http://aclweb.org/anthology/P13-2041

Paper: Humor Recognition and Humor Anchor Extraction (PDF)
http://aclweb.org/anthology/D15-1284

Paper: HAHAcronym: A Computational Humor System (PDF)
http://aclweb.org/anthology/P05-3029

Paper: Automatic Humor Classification on Twitter (PDF)
http://aclweb.org/anthology/N12-2012

Meet the Goopies
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/fashion/gwyneth-paltrow-in-goop-health-wellness.html

Gwyneth Paltrow advises women to ‘steam-clean’ their vaginas
http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/beauty/gwyneth-paltrow-advises-women-to-steamclean-their-vaginas-20150130-131xsp.html

Gwyneth Paltrow Doesn’t Know What Goop Is Selling
http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/06/gwyneth-paltrow-goop-i-dont-know

Word ‘milk’ banned for use in branding of plant-based products
https://www.fginsight.com/news/word-milk-banned-for-use-in-branding-of-plant-based-products-22024

The Battle Over the Word ‘Milk’
https://www.outsideonline.com/2152336/should-nut-milk-be-considered-milk

The surprisingly heated political battle raging over the word ‘milk’
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/02/10/the-surprisingly-heated-political-battle-raging-over-the-word-milk/

A block of “Greek text” found its way into a newspaper page.
https://irp-cdn.multiscreensite.com/b25a98a2/files/uploaded/No%20Gains%20From%20Taking%20Drugs.pdf

Online Etymology Dictionary: ear
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=ear

Online Etymology Dictionary: earth
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=earth


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Episode 286: Lexical Appropriation (featuring Nicole Holliday)

Are some words off-limits?

Many of us are aware of cultural appropriation: using symbols and clothing that pertain to another culture without attribution. But how does this relate to language? Is it okay to use the slang that originates from other language communities? And what about descriptivism and letting language do its thing?

Daniel speaks with Nicole Holliday on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Malcolm Turnbull reveals tough new citizenship crackdown
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/speak-english-respect-our-values-malcolm-turnbulls-next-citizenship-crackdown-20170419-gvnq0y.html

PM defends tough citizenship English test
https://thewest.com.au/politics/pm-defends-tough-citizenship-english-test-ng-s-1713179

6 new requirements to acquire Australian citizenship
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/hindi/en/article/2017/04/21/6-new-requirements-acquire-australian-citizenship

Joint Media Release with the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister – Strengthening the integrity of Australian citizenship
http://www.minister.border.gov.au/peterdutton/Pages/Strenghening-the-integrity-of-Australian-citizenship.aspx

There is one silver lining for Indians in Australia’s tough new citizenship rules: English skills
https://qz.com/966681/there-is-one-silver-lining-for-indians-in-australias-tough-new-citizenship-rules-english-skills/

English Language Bar for Australian Citizenship Likely to Further Disadvantage Refugees
https://theconversation.com/english-language-bar-for-citizenship-likely-to-further-disadvantage-refugees-76520

Henry Sherrell: English language testing and the exclusion of Australian citizenship
https://henrysherrell.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/english-language-testing-and-the-exclusion-of-australian-citizenship/

Nicole Holliday: When is lexical innovation cultural appropriation?
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2017/04/cultural-appropriation-lexical-innovation/

Golden Pig, Coffin Man and Noodles: When Asian tattoos don’t turn out quite as planned
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2190806/Golden-Pig-Coffin-Man-Noodles-When-Asian-tattoos-dont-turn-quite-planned.html

Manipulation, abuse, deceit: How I learnt about ‘stealthing’ from a Tinder date
http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/manipulation-abuse-deceitl-how-i-learnt-about-stealthing/8480696

Man Convicted of Rape After Removing Condom During Sex Without Consent
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/man-convicted-of-rape-after-removing-condom-during-sex-without-consent

‘Rape-Adjacent’: Imagining Legal Responses to Nonconsensual Condom Removal
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2954726

Boris Johnson attacks ‘mutton-headed mugwump’ Jeremy Corbyn
https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/political-parties/conservative-party/boris-johnson/news/85431/boris-johnson-attacks-mutton

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

Online Etymology Dictionary: mugwump
http://etymonline.com/index.php?term=mugwump&allowed_in_frame=1


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Episode 248: Dog Whistles and Dead Cats (featuring Howie Manns)

It’s the political season in Australia again, and the air is filled with the sound of dog whistles and dead cats hitting tables.

For this show, we turn our attention to political language. What makes a good slogan? What’s behind the Liberal government’s “illiterate immigrant” meme? And what words and phrases should we be looking out for?

Political language analyst Howie Manns talks to Daniel, Ben, and Kylie on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Online Etymology Dictionary: Filibuster
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=filibuster

Language of women versus men: ‘Wonderful’ and ‘thankful’ versus ‘battle’ and ‘enemy’
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160525161919.htm

Women are Warmer but No Less Assertive than Men: Gender and Language on Facebook
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0155885

From donkey votes to dog whistles, our election language has a long and political history
https://theconversation.com/from-donkey-votes-to-dog-whistles-our-election-language-has-a-long-and-political-history-58054

Good political slogans and this year’s, meh, yawn, failings
https://theconversation.com/good-political-slogans-and-this-years-meh-yawn-failings-59964

The ‘wells’, ‘looks’ and vibe of Australian debating: language to look for on Sunday
https://theconversation.com/the-wells-looks-and-vibe-of-australian-debating-language-to-look-for-on-sunday-60105

Election FactCheck: are many refugees illiterate and innumerate?
https://theconversation.com/election-factcheck-are-many-refugees-illiterate-and-innumerate-59584

Election 2016: How accurate are Peter Dutton’s comments on ‘illiterate’ refugees?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-18/election-2016-peter-dutton-comments-illiterate-refugees/7425642

Election 2016: Peter Dutton urged to ‘take a trip back’ to refugee camp after literacy remarks
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-18/dutton-should-27take-a-trip-back-to-lebanon27/7426158

Barack Obama removes ‘oriental’ and ‘negro’ from federal law
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/president-obama-removes-oriental-and-negro-from-federal-law-a7041701.html

Dames at Sea’s “Singapore Sue” Problem
http://www.onstageblog.com/columns/2015/9/25/dames-at-seas-sinapore-sue-problem

Why is this Broadway musical featuring a racist song?
http://www.metro.us/new-york/why-is-this-broadway-musical-featuring-a-racist-song/zsJoiw—nAKKk7jqo5kY/

Washington State banned the term in 2002: Preferred terminology in government documents.
http://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=1.20.130

“Oriental:” Death of a Semi-Slur
http://dialectblog.com/2013/09/19/oriental-death-of-a-semi-slur/


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Episode 229: Social Justice Lexicon (featuring Ji-Soo Kweon)

Social justice is a hot topic right now, and it’s commanding a lot of attention both on- and off-line.

Terms like trigger warning, safe space, and micro-aggressions are erupting into the public awareness. So what’s behind these terms?

Ji-Soo Kweon joins Daniel and Ben on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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There’s a Philly Sign Language Accent
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-philly-sign-language-accent-180957459/?no-ist

UPenn linguist researching Philly ‘accent’ in American Sign Language
http://www.phillyvoice.com/penn-linguist-researching-accent-american-sign-language-philadelphia/

Auslan choir translates Handel’s Messiah into sign language
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/auslan-choir-translates-handels-messiah-into-sign-language-20151202-gldew9.html

The Coddling of the American Mind
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/09/the-coddling-of-the-american-mind/399356/

Hazards Ahead: The Problem With Trigger Warnings, According to the Research
http://www.psmag.com/health-and-behavior/hazards-ahead-problem-trigger-warnings-according-research-81946

Free Speech or Safe Spaces? What college campuses need is dialogue and empathy.
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2015/11/campus_protests_need_dialogue_not_safe_spaces_and_offense.html

6 Reasons Why We Need Safe Spaces
http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/08/we-need-safe-spaces/

Geek Feminism Wiki: Safe space
http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Safe_space

Safe spaces aren’t about you: Why the anti-P.C. crusaders completely miss the point
http://www.salon.com/2015/11/13/safe_spaces_arent_about_you_why_the_anti_p_c_crusaders_completely_miss_the_point_partner/

People Don’t Hate Safe Spaces, They Hate The People They Protect
https://www.slantnews.com/story/2015-11-10-people-dont-hate-safe-spaces-they-hate-the-people-they-protect-missouri

The 2016 Pirelli Calendar May Signal a Cultural Shift
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/03/fashion/the-2016-pirelli-calendar-may-signal-a-cultural-shift.html?_r=0

Evolving English II: Some herstory of sheroes
http://evolvingenglish.blogspot.com/2014/07/some-herstory-of-sheroes.html

The Rise Of The ‘Shero’ In Culture And Advertising
http://www.forbes.com/sites/onmarketing/2015/05/07/the-rise-of-the-shero-in-culture-and-advertising/


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Episode 225: Shakespeare in Translation 1 (featuring Lue Douthit)

Shakespeare’s plays have been with us for 400 years. Is it time for an update?

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has commissioned all the Bard’s plays to be translated into contemporary English. How will this work? And what’s the reaction?

Oregon Shakespeare Festival director Lue Douthit talks to linguist Daniel Midgley on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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What a Mass Exodus at a Linguistics Journal Means for Scholarly Publishing
http://chronicle.com/article/What-a-Mass-Exodus-at-a/234066

Clarifying a few facts for Elsevier and their response to Lingua
https://www.martineve.com/2015/11/05/clarifying-a-few-facts-for-elsevier-and-their-response-to-lingua/

Language Log: Lingua is dead. Long live Glossa!
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=22162

MIT: Open Access FAQ
https://libraries.mit.edu/scholarly/mit-open-access/general-information-about-open-access/open-access-faq/

Wikipedia: Washington Redskins name controversy
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Redskins_name_controversy

Redskins Cite Protected Products With Controversial Language in Trademark Appeal
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2585622-redskins-cite-protected-products-with-controversial-language-in-trademark-appeal

Obama again urges Redskins name change
http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2015/11/06/obama-washington-redskins-adidas-tribal-nations-conference/75281088/

Obama suggests Adidas help Redskins change name
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/nov/5/obama-suggests-adidas-help-redskins-change-name/

California bans use of “Redskins” name
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/10/11/california-bans-use-of-redskins-name/

Spokane Indians Change Jerseys to Salish Language
http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/10/12/spokane-indians-change-jerseys-salish-language-162046

Spokane Indians’ New Uniforms Have Team Name in Native Spokane Salish Language
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spokane-indians-new-uniforms-have-team-name-native-spokane-salish-language-180950168/?no-ist

Spokane Indians baseball uniforms sport Salish word
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/mar/16/spokane-indians-baseball-players-uniforms-sport/

Wikipedia: Salish-Spokane-Kalispel language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salish-Spokane-Kalispel_language

William Shakespeare’s Plays to Be “Translated” into Modern English http://playbill.com/news/article/william-shakespeares-plays-to-be-translated-into-modern-english-364393

Oregon Shakespeare Festival: About Us
https://www.osfashland.org/en/experience-osf/education/about-us.aspx

A Facelift for Shakespeare
http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-facelift-for-shakespeare-1443194924

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Launches Shakespeare Translation Project
http://www.americantheatre.org/2015/09/30/oregon-shakespeare-festival-launches-shakespeare-translation-project/

What Can Be Done About the Incomprehensibility of Shakespeare?
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/put-differently/92750/shakespeare-as-you-like-it-language

O Romeo, Romeo, What The Heck Are You Saying?
http://www.npr.org/2015/10/17/449270557/o-romeo-romeo-what-the-heck-are-you-saying

Does ‘translating’ Shakespeare into modern English diminish its greatness?
https://theconversation.com/does-translating-shakespeare-into-modern-english-diminish-its-greatness-48297

David Marcus from the Federalist: Are We Too Dumb For Shakespeare?
http://thefederalist.com/2015/11/02/are-we-too-dumb-for-shakespeare/

Fresh Shakespeare from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
http://www.orartswatch.org/fresh-shakespeare-from-the-oregon-shakespeare-festival/

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

Five Reasons Why People Code-Switch
http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2013/04/13/177126294/five-reasons-why-people-code-switch

“Many a mickle makes a muckle” or something.
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/mickle


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Episode 200: Offensive Things

Most of us try to avoid offensive language.

But as language changes, the kind of language that’s considered offensive changes as well. Are there any words you use which may have some unsavoury connotations?

Linguist Daniel Midgley watches his words on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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“Have you got the morbs?” Some 1880s slang that is due for a big comeback. pic.twitter.com/27pGpUVtyi
— Jason Kapalka (@jasonkapalka) February 6, 2015

Ten old words we need to start re-using immediately
http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/ten-old-words-we-need-to-start-reusing-immediately–gyB1qfylsg

56 Delightful Victorian Slang Terms You Should Be Using
http://mentalfloss.com/article/53529/56-delightful-victorian-slang-terms-you-should-be-using

Are you a sauce box? 83 old slang phrases and their meanings
https://twitter.com/curiositydotcom/status/576459215549534208

University of Glasgow publishes online thesaurus featuring 800,000 words
http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/u/university-of-glasgow-publishes-online-thesaurus-featuring-800000-words.1421325122

The Historical Thesaurus of English
http://historicalthesaurus.arts.gla.ac.uk

Terms for “inferior person”
http://historicalthesaurus.arts.gla.ac.uk/category/?id=124716&qsearch=person&word=person&page=1

Terms for “drunk”
http://historicalthesaurus.arts.gla.ac.uk/category/?id=46961&qsearch=drunk&word=drunk&page=1

An explainer of common gang expressions such as “cool” and “pot,” from this day in 1958. http://t.co/F7WPHOCR8Z pic.twitter.com/fE4P6Jxfkt
— NYT Archives (@NYTArchives) March 24, 2015

Communication Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/voice/pages/communication-problems-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder.aspx

A New Look at Language Delay in Children With Autism
http://www.utexas.edu/news/2015/04/02/language-delay-autism/

Brain Imaging Explains Reason for Good and Poor Language Outcomes in ASD Toddlers
https://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/2015-04-09-brain-imaging-and-language-skills-in-ASD-toddlers.aspx

How to Express Possessives and Pronouns in American Sign Language
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-express-possessives-and-pronouns-in-sign-la.html

The Fruit With the World’s Most Racist Name
http://kitchenette.jezebel.com/the-fruit-with-the-worlds-most-racist-name-1599294613/+Ubertrout

Etymoline: kaffir
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=kaffir

Seven words you didn’t know were racist
http://www.dailylife.com.au/news-and-views/dl-opinion/seven-words-you-didnt-know-were-racist-20150121-12v2cv.html

Dairy Farmers: Coon cheese – Our history
http://www.coon.com.au

Coon’s patent
http://www.freepatentsonline.com/1579196.pdf

Coon cheese is racist, says activist Stephen Hagan
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/is-coon-cheese-really-racist/story-e6freoof-1111117595563

Redskins and chicos survive despite racist overtones
http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/redskins-and-chicos-survive-despite-racist-overtones/story-fneuz8wn-1226666868983

Geoffrey Nunberg: When Slang Becomes a Slur
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/06/a-linguist-on-why-redskin-is-racist-patent-overturned/373198/

When is a word a slur? One linguist argues Big Data can help tell
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2015/04/07/when-is-a-word-a-slur-one-linguist-argues-big-data-can-help-tell/

Michael Sunderland of VICE: ​It’s Hard out Here for a Twink
http://www.vice.com/read/its-hard-out-here-for-a-twink-456

Dan Savage – Twink: The Other T-Slur
http://www.thestranger.com/blogs/slog/2015/02/24/21776160/twink-the-other-t-slur

Some historical words relating to homosexuality
http://historicalthesaurus.arts.gla.ac.uk/category/?id=57878&qsearch=gay&word=gay&page=1

Rober Shure’s Twink
http://robertshureauthor.com/robert-shure-twink-plus/

Brontosaurus is Back! New Study Finds They Aren’t Apatosaurs After All
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2015/04/07/brontosaurus-is-back/

Brontosaurus, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brontosaurus


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Episode 143: Racial Terms

Can offensive terms be reclaimed by the people they’ve been applied to? Or are some words best left alone?

In a related issue, sports teams are facing pressure to change their racially-charged names. Should they?

Linguist Daniel Midgley looks at some touchy issues on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Talk the Talk keeps growing to include more bits and pieces. But this time they all came together on one theme: how do we use language to refer to groups of people? Lots of words have become less taboo in recent years, but here’s a group of words that are becoming more taboo.

Rock group the Slants are having trouble trademarking their name. The Washington Redskins are under pressure to change theirs. Is there a better term than ‘feminist’? It’s all in today’s show. Also, candy.


Show notes

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is going to try repealing the law regarding racial vilification.
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/george-brandis-to-repeal-bolt-laws-on-racial-discrimination-20131108-2x50p.html
http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2012/08/13/3566446.htm

He said he would do this in a speech to the IPA back in April, along with getting rid of a lot of other things. All part of the plan, folks.
http://youtu.be/j4pA5nTr8i0?t=7m15s

The Slants

The US Patent and Trademark Office is knocking back the name of the Slants, an all-Asian band.
http://entertainment.time.com/2013/10/23/the-slants-suit-asian-american-band-goes-to-court-over-name/

Interview with Simon Tam, bassist and founder.
http://defender.smcvt.edu/?p=1802

Simon also comments on this Language Log thread.
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=8001

John Gumperz explained how language communities use language as a way of defining themselves as a community.
http://asalinguist.com/2011/06/16/take-two-words-we-cannot-say-except-when-we-can/

Redskins

The word isn’t often used as a compliment.
Google Ngram Viewer link

Newspapers are abandoning it.
http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/10/san-francisco-chronicle-to-stop-using-redskins-176321.html

The DC City Council is against it.
http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/11/d-c-council-to-debate-redskins-name-resolution-96424.html

The APA recommends discontinuing it.
http://www.apa.org/pi/oema/resources/indian-mascots.aspx

The full APA resolution (PDF)
http://www.apa.org/about/policy/mascots.pdf

But guess who supports it: sports fans and the team owner.
Loads of Americans support the use of ‘Redskins’
http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=224760&print=1

Money quote: ‘“Everybody protests about everything. I think we should all just forget it and have fun,” said a fan.’http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2013/11/09/native-americans-weigh-in-on-washington-redskins-controversy/

The psychological consequences of stereotyped portrayals of Native Americans (PDF)
http://sitemaker.umich.edu/daphna.oyserman/files/frybergmarkusoysermanstone2008.pdf

A clinical psychologist speaks out.
http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/09/27/harmful-psychological-effects-washingtons-redskins-mascot

Eastern Washington University, my hometown uni, used to have a Native American mascot: The Savages. They ditched it in 1973, but for years, the sports center had the old logo stamped into its bricks.
http://easterneronline.com/2013/03/07/no-salvaging-savages/

The Utah Utes use the name with the express support of the Ute Tribe.
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/600160110/U-officially-files-appeal-on-Utes-nickname.html

The N-word

If they can say it, it doesn’t follow that everyone can.
http://www.personal.psu.edu/ejp10/blogs/thinking/2010/08/can-a-white-person-ever-legiti.html

But why not? Christopher Hitchens explains.
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/fighting_words/2006/12/eschew_the_taboo.html

Beat poet Julian Curry is not a fan of the n-word, even as reclamation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD-UpHlB9no

Genderism

Joss Whedon’s speech at Equality Now, in which he recommends genderism over feminism
http://jezebel.com/watch-joss-whedon-make-the-perfect-speech-about-the-wor-1460080685

The term is currently in use, though.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genderism


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‘Ongaku’ by Señor Coconut
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‘Red Dust’ by Calexico + Iron and Wine
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