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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 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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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 274: Linguistic Activism (featuring Christine Mallinson)

How can you make a difference to language?

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

yous v youse

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

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


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Episode 265: Universal Grammar 2 (featuring Dan Everett and Lynne Murphy)

The biggest idea in linguistics is back on the table.

Is there such a thing as the Universal Grammar? Do you have to have a human brain to learn language, or is learning a language just like learning anything else? And are one man’s insights into Amazonian languages sufficient to demolish this theoretical edifice?

Linguists Dan Everett and Lynne Murphy talk to Daniel, Ben, and Kylie on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Warning: Bad linguistics alert

‘Th’ sound to vanish from English language by 2066 because of multiculturalism, say linguists
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/09/28/th-sound-to-vanish-from-english-language-by-2066-because-of-mult/

Here’s how the English language could sound incredibly different in 50 years
http://www.sciencealert.com/the-english-language-could-sound-incredibly-different-in-50-years-study-finds

Our accents are under threat: dialects may die as computers strip the beauty from language
http://www.wired.co.uk/article/dialect-english-regional-accents

It’s the end of the frog and toad for regional slang, says report
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/sep/29/its-the-end-of-the-frog-and-toad-for-regional-slang-says-report

XKCD:

Better linguistics alert

Researchers are using an app to crowdsource how the English language has changed
http://qz.com/694906/researchers-are-using-an-app-to-crowdsource-how-the-english-language-has-changed/

How do you say ‘scone’? English regional accents decline as ‘southern’ accent becomes widespread
http://home.bt.com/news/uk-news/how-do-you-say-scone-english-regional-accents-decline-as-southern-accent-becomes-widespread-11364064620130

How London has killed off elements of local dialects across England – in seven maps
https://www.indy100.com/article/how-london-has-killed-off-elements-of-local-dialects-across-englandin-seven-maps–ZJxofkDwH7Z

New Scientist: The Electric Kool-Aid language test
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2108618-the-electric-kool-aid-language-test/

Dan Everett: Who’s afraid of the big bad Wolfe? Apparently everyone.
https://daneverettbooks.com/whos-afraid-of-the-big-bad-wolfe-apparently-everyone/

Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-recorded-having-extremely-lewd-conversation-about-women-in-2005/2016/10/07/3b9ce776-8cb4-11e6-bf8a-3d26847eeed4_story.html

A banner day for profanity
https://stronglang.wordpress.com/2016/10/08/a-banner-day-for-profanity/

An Oxford linguist on the dangers of dismissing comments about sexual assault as “locker-room talk”
http://qz.com/807395/donald-trump-oxford-linguist-deborah-cameron-explains-the-dangers-of-dismissing-comments-about-sexual-assault-as-locker-room-talk/

“Locker room” language encourages rape culture, even if it stays private
http://qz.com/806386/donald-trumps-lewd-access-hollywood-video-locker-room-language-encourages-rape-culture/

Lynne Murphy on Twitter: @lynneguist
https://twitter.com/lynneguist

Lynne’s blog: Separated by a Common Language
https://separatedbyacommonlanguage.blogspot.com.au

Linguistics explains why Trump sounds racist when he says “the” African Americans
http://qz.com/806174/second-presidential-debate-linguistics-explains-why-donald-trump-sounds-racist-when-he-says-the-african-americans/

Everything that was said at the second Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton debate, highlighted
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/10/09/everything-that-was-said-at-the-second-donald-trump-vs-hillary-clinton-debate-highlighted/

“open mic” and “on the mic”


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Episode 251: Brexit Language Fallout

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Episode 247: Singlish (featuring Sean Yeo)

We’re talking about Singapore Colloquial English, or Singlish.

The Singaporean government would love to wipe it out, but Singlish is gaining prestige in the English-speaking world. Oxford is even adding Singlish words to its dictionary. But what is this language like, and what does it mean to its speakers?

Singlish speaker Sean Yeo joins Daniel, Ben, and Kylie on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Brain pattern predicts how fast an adult learns a new language
http://sciencebulletin.org/archives/925.html

Brain waves predict speed of second language learning
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/310181.php

Languages come naturally, so some. Oui?
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/languages-come-naturally-so-some-oui/news-story/b5d717d7f3235fa25c1c14650590290e

What is the function of the various brainwaves?
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-the-function-of-t-1997-12-22/

Foreign Language Skills Wired In The Brain
http://primemind.com/articles/struggling-to-learn-a-new-language-maybe-it-s-all-in-your-head

Crosstalk between left and right brain is key to language development
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-05-crosstalk-left-brain-key-language.html

The rise of Singlish
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33809914

10 Bizarre Things Singaporeans Do That The Rest Of The World Won’t Understand
(Good example of words from several languages in one sentence.)
http://thesmartlocal.com/read/singaporean-culture-quirks

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Singapore Infopedia: Singlish
http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_1745_2010-12-29.html

Singapore Colloquial English (Singlish)
http://www.hawaii.edu/satocenter/langnet/definitions/singlish.html

The ‘Speak Good English Movement’
Google Books Link

Me Singlish Damn Powerful One, Ah?
http://www.escapeartistes.com/2011/08/20/me-singlish-damn-powerful-one-ah/

Oxford: New Singapore English words
http://public.oed.com/the-oed-today/recent-updates-to-the-oed/march-2016-update/new-singapore-english-words/

Shiok! 19 Singlish items added to the Oxford English Dictionary
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/shiok-19-singlish-items-added-to-the-oxford-english-dictionary

What’s a ‘Chinese helicopter’? Latest Singlish entry in Oxford Dictionary has us scratching our heads
http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/whats-chinese-helicopter-latest-singlish-entry-oxford-dictionary-has-us-scratching

‘Chinese helicopter’: Singlish OED entry baffles Singaporeans
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36283670

Some find new Singlish terms in Oxford dictionary ‘ridiculous’
(Note the language attitudes.)
http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/some-find-new-singlish-terms-oxford-dictionary-ridiculous

Wah, now can act blur and lepak: Oxford English Dictionary
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/wah-now-can-act-blur-and/2776828.html

Inky’s Daring Escape Shows How Smart Octopuses Are
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/160414-inky-octopus-escapes-intelligence/

Anthea Fraser Gupta: Singapore Colloquial English? Or deviant Standard English? (PDF)
http://anthea.id.au/papers/sicol.pdf

mr brown tries to explain the Meaning of Lah
http://www.mrbrown.com/blog/2005/04/mr_browns_meani.html

Singlish Dictionary
http://www.singlishdictionary.com

Singapore scene is entering golden age of indie music
http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/singapore-scene-is-entering-golden-age-of-indie-music


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Episode 212: Fourth Floor

Language change is all around us — even at department stores.

And it’s there that Linguist Daniel Midgley travelled to get in touch with a 50-year-old linguistic experiment that changed the world. And it all starts with a question: What’s on the fourth floor?

We find out on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Gwenno: Y Dydd Olaf — translations for all the tracks
https://ydyddolaf.wordpress.com

Welsh history in the time of the Tudors
http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/history/sites/themes/society/language_tudors.shtml

Welsh revitalisation
https://www.academia.edu/5299722/Welsh_Language_Revitalisation_a_Failure

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

How is the Welsh language being preserved in Patagonia?
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-33726205

Gambia to drop English as ‘colonial relic’
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2014/03/gambia-drop-english-as-colonial-relic-2014313141814734996.html

TIME: Why Pakistan Is Replacing English With Urdu
http://time.com/3975587/pakistan-english-urdu/

Christian Science Monitor: Why Pakistan is changing its official language from English to Urdu
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2015/0729/Why-Pakistan-is-changing-its-official-language-from-English-to-Urdu

Quora: Why is Urdu the national language of Pakistan?
http://www.quora.com/Why-is-Urdu-the-national-language-of-Pakistan

Honda to use English as its official language (by 2020)
http://www.autoblog.com/2015/07/07/honda-english-official-language/

The article that started it all: The Social Stratification of (r) in New York City Department Stores (PDF)
http://web.stanford.edu/class/linguist62n/labov001.pdf

Revisiting New York department stores — about Mather’s 1992 replication
http://linguistics-research-digest.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/revisiting-new-york-department-stores.html

Dialect Blog: How Non-Rhotic Accents Become Rhotic
http://dialectblog.com/2011/09/12/rhotic-becomes-non-rhotic/

John Tierney of the NYT did a mini-replication in 1995. Really good background.
http://www.nytimes.com/1995/01/22/magazine/the-big-city-can-we-talk.html

i love english language: William Labov
https://aggslanguage.wordpress.com/2009/09/20/william-labov/

William Labov discusses his career in sociolinguistics
https://www.pbs.org/speak/speech/sociolinguistics/labov/

Google Books: Introducing Sociolinguistics
Link

What is jacklighting?
http://animalrights.about.com/od/wildlife/g/What-Is-Jacklighting.htm

‘Cecil Bill’ May End Trophy Hunting In America
https://www.thedodo.com/congress-cecil-lion-trophy-hunting-ban-1275558136.html

Jimmy Kimmel Tears Into ‘A-hole’ Dentist Who Killed Cecil The Lion
https://www.thedodo.com/jimmy-kimmel-dentist-killed-lion-1271676533.html


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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 204: Shibboleths

A shibboleth can mark you as a insider… or an outsider.

Shibboleths can be words, phrases, or even sounds, but getting them wrong can lead to social or political exclusion, and in some cases, they can be fatal.

Linguist Daniel Midgley gives himself away on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Flat Adverbs Are Flat-Out Useful
http://www.dailywritingtips.com/flat-adverbs-are-flat-out-useful/

Banned words and flat adverbs
https://stancarey.wordpress.com/2014/12/16/banned-words-and-flat-adverbs/

Nando’s: ‘Eat interesting’
http://mumbrella.com.au/nandos-eat-interesting-89851

A complaint about Nando’s
https://www.facebook.com/nandosaus/posts/10151492978849843

Grammatically Incorrect Slogans
https://frtim.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/grammatically-incorrect-slogans/

Wikipedia: List of shibboleths
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_shibboleths

Disney Research creates method enabling dialogue replacement for automated video redubbing
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-04/dr-drc041715.php

A Mouth Full of Words: Visually Consistent Acoustic Redubbing
http://www.disneyresearch.com/publication/a-mouth-full-of-words-visually-consistent-acoustic-redubbing/

“MEDIEVAL LAND FUN-TIME WORLD” EXTENDED TRAILER — A Bad Lip Reading of Game of Thrones
https://youtu.be/5Krz-dyD-UQ

‘Shibboleth’ in the Old Testament
http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~kemmer/Words/shibboleth

My blog post about ‘shibboleth’: Gospel Doctrine for the Godless
http://www.godlessdoctrine.com/2014/05/ot-lesson-19.html

Wikipedia: Frisian peasant rebellion
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arumer_Zwarte_Hoop

Wikipedia: Parsley Massacre
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parsley_Massacre

Foucault That Noise: The Terror of Highbrow Mispronunciation
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/02/foucault-that-noise-the-terror-of-highbrow-mispronunciation/385229/

List of shibboleth names by which the privileged judge their inferiors
http://lazenby.tumblr.com/post/109628210407/list-of-shibboleth-names

Slate: How Do You Pronounce “Bon Iver”?
http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/02/13/bon_iver_pronunciation_how_to_pronounce_the_name_of_the_grammy_winner.html

How To Pronounce 18 Indie Band Names
http://indie88.com/how-to-say-indie-band-names/

Turkish sex worker dialect Lubunca liberates, stigmatizes LGBT community
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/1/17/turkish-languagesexworkers.html

Lubunca and the History of Istanbul Slang
http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/15704/lubunca-and-the-history-of-istanbul-slang

The secret language of Turkey’s LGBT community
http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-01-14/world-full-secret-languages-one-used-turkeys-lgbt-community

Diana Eades: Applied linguistics and language analysis in asylum seeker cases (PDF)
http://refugeestudies.org/files/appliedlinguisticsandlanguage_182.pdf

Tim McNamara: 21st Century Shibboleth: Language tests, identity, and intergroup conflict
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10993-005-2886-0#page-1

Immigration by Shibboleth By Michael Erard
http://www.legalaffairs.org/issues/November-December-2003/story_erad_novdec03.msp

Monika S. Schmid: Treacherous shibboleths: Language as an indicator of origin (PDF)
http://www.let.rug.nl/languageattrition/Papers/SchmidInaugural2011.pdf

More from Monika Schmid: Language as a passport
http://theforeigner.no/pages/columns/language-as-a-passport/

What’s the deal with Mx?
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/05/06/whats-the-deal-with-mx/

Wikipedia: Mx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mx_(title)

Mx flagged as possible title for transgender and other gender neutral people, according to Oxford English Dictionary
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-05/new-title-for-transgender-and-other-gender-neutral-people/6447256

Oxford English Dictionary could soon include gender-neutral title ‘Mx’
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/oxford-english-dictionary-soon-include-gender-neutral-title-mx/

When was the Mx gender-inclusive title created?
http://practicalandrogyny.com/2014/08/28/when-was-the-mx-gender-inclusive-title-created/

Mintox
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=mintox


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Episode 197: The Birthplace of Indo-European (featuring Luisa Miceli)

Where did Indo-European come from?

It’s a controversial question that has set linguist against linguist for generations. But now DNA evidence is providing clues.

Linguist Luisa Miceli is in the studio with Daniel and Ben on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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New study to examine Aussie English
http://phys.org/news/2015-03-aussie-english.html

Take the survey! AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ATTITUDES
https://ozenglishstudy.wordpress.com

When Your Punctuation Says It All (!)
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/01/style/when-your-punctuation-says-it-all.html?_r=0

No Punctuation Is Funnier
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/19/twitter-grammar-no-punctuation_n_6785766.html

French Teenagers Speak a Language All Their Own. Confused? Here’s a Guide
http://globalvoicesonline.org/2015/02/28/decoding-teenager-language-french/

Spanish Cell Phone Abbreviations
http://spanish.about.com/od/writtenspanish/a/sms.htm

Older, but a good rundown of all the things we mean when we talk about the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis
http://hilgart.org/enformy/dma-dwh.htm

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: The Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/relativism/supplement2.html

This set of links concerns Atkinson’s work on the Anatolian hypothesis.
Family Tree of Languages Has Roots in Anatolia, Biologists Say
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/24/science/indo-european-languages-originated-in-anatolia-analysis-suggests.html

Turkey the birthplace of Hindi, English: study
http://phys.org/news/2012-08-turkey-birthplace-hindi-english.html

Researchers identify present day Turkey as origin of Indo-European languages
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/researchers-identify-present-day-turkey-as-origin-of-indo-european-languages/2012/08/23/6133c564-ed3e-11e1-b09d-07d971dee30a_story.html

This set of links is more recent, and concerns the new evidence for the Steppe Hypothesis.
Indo-European Languages Originated 6,000 Years Ago in Russian Grasslands
http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/indo-european-languages-may-have-originated-6000-years-ago-russian-grasslands

Steppe migration rekindles debate on language origin
http://www.nature.com/news/steppe-migration-rekindles-debate-on-language-origin-1.16935

Indo-European Languages Originated in Pontic-Caspian Steppe, Research Suggests
http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/linguistics/science-indo-european-languages-originated-pontic-caspian-steppe-02516.html

Is “massive migration from the steppe … a source for Indo-European languages in Europe”?
http://languagesoftheworld.info/historical-linguistics/massive-migration-steppe-source-indo-european-languages-europe.html

Europe’s Languages Were Carried From the East, DNA Shows
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/03/150303-human-dna-europe-language-archaeology/

Language Origins Challenged at the University of Adelaide
http://www.training.com.au/ed/language-origins-challenged-university-adelaide/

Resilient
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/resilient

Aboriginal protesters confront Premier
https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/26729560/aboriginal-protesters-confront-premier/

Aboriginal community closure: intense rally at Parliament House
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/aboriginal-community-closure-intense-rally-at-parliament-house-20150319-1m30d0.html

Kisses and Hugs in the Office
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/12/the-xo-factor/309174/


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