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Episode 299: Men Splain Things to Me (featuring Lara B. Sharp)

Do you get mansplained?

Many women will know the pain of the ‘splain, but few have documented an extended mansplain so comically or in such detail as our guest for this episode, writer Lara B. Sharp. Her narrative with Johnny by the Pool is one for the ages.

She’s helping Daniel, Ben, and Kylie bring it to life on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Activist Danny Lim has offensive behaviour conviction quashed over Tony Abbott sign
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/activist-danny-lim-has-offensive-behaviour-conviction-quashed-over-tony-abbott-sign-20170829-gy6ft4.html

‘Peace Activist’ Danny Lim Wins Appeal Over $500 Fine For Wearing Tony Abbott Poster
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/business/peace-activist-danny-lim-wins-appeal-over-500-fine-for-wearing-tony-abbott-poster/news-story/38ec8968f6b4388443a3804f46e0aa3c

Australians love to swear, especially when it comes to what you can and can’t call Tony Abbott
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/30/australians-love-to-swear-especially-when-it-comes-to-what-you-can-and-cant-call-tony-abbott

7 Filthy Jokes You Didn’t Notice in Shakespeare
http://www.cracked.com/article_20501_7-filthy-jokes-you-didnt-notice-in-shakespeare.html

Humans, cover your mouths: Lip reading bots in the wild
http://www.zdnet.com/article/lip-reading-bots-in-the-wild/

Chung, et al.: Lip Reading Sentences in the Wild (PDF)
https://www.robots.ox.ac.uk/~vgg/publications/2017/Chung17/chung17.pdf

Lara B. Sharp’s post
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10100521983008720&set=a.582436759960.2109996.5905128&type=3&theater

More Women, but Not Nearly Enough
https://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/08/more-women-but-not-nearly-enough/?_r=1

Lawyers representing asylum seekers are ‘un-Australian’: Peter Dutton
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/lawyers-representing-asylum-seekers-are-unaustralian-peter-dutton-20170827-gy5ci7.html

Peter Dutton’s comments to Alan Jones a betrayal of ‘Australian values’, lawyers say
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/29/peter-duttons-comments-to-alan-jones-a-betrayal-of-australian-values-lawyers-say

An open letter to Peter Dutton on behalf of all those ‘un-Australian’ lawyers
http://www.theage.com.au/comment/an-open-letter-to–peter-dutton-on-behalf-of-all-those-unaustralian-lawyers-20170828-gy5tk0.html

‘UnAustralian’ is a lazy insult that really needs to be retired
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/unaustralian-is-a-lazy-insult-that-really-needs-to-be-retired-20160124-gmcsnv.html

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann slams Bill Shorten’s ‘communist’ economic policy
http://www.news.com.au/national/politics/finance-minister-mathias-cormann-slams-bill-shortens-communist-economic-policy/news-story/d1134a0aa6f3b19ebc4f72f8cca2fcaf

Mathias Cormann warns of Labor’s ‘reds under the beds’
https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/mathias-cormann-warns-of-labors-reds-under-the-beds,10658

Secession plan: State Liberal Party votes in favour of WAxit
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/secession-plan-state-liberal-party-votes-in-favour-of-waxit-20170903-gy9q8m.html

WA Liberal Party votes for watered-down secession motion
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-03/wa-liberal-party-to-form-wa-exit-committee/8867918

Kate Burridge: castle
http://www.abc.net.au/tv/canwehelp/txt/s2336791.htm

Linguistic Roadshow: dance
https://lingroadshow.com/resources/englishes-in-australia/vocabulary/mapping-words-around-australia/


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Episode 292: Mailbag of Destiny

We love taking questions, and for this episode, we’ve got a lot of them.

What’s behind the things we say, and why is language the way it is? Is calling someone a drop-kick secretly obscene? Why does Germany have so many names? And why are there italics?

Daniel, Ben, and Kylie will answer these and so many more on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Andrzej M. Łęcki: Grammaticalisation Paths of Have in English
Google Books link

Mari Johanne Hertzenberg: The Use and Development of Habere + Infinitive in Latin (PDF)
http://www.hf.uio.no/ifikk/english/research/projects/proiel/Activities/proiel/publications/Mari_ICHL.pdf

login the noun v. login the verb

Online Etymology Dictionary: log
http://etymonline.com/index.php?term=log&allowed_in_frame=0

Oxford Dictionaries: Different from, than, or to?
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/usage/different-from-than-or-to

Stack Exchange: Differences between “price point” and “price”
https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/11879/differences-between-price-point-and-price

Green’s Dictionary of Slang: dropkick and punt
https://greensdictofslang.com/search/basic?q=dropkick+and+punt

Why Are There Different Names for the Same Country?
http://mentalfloss.com/article/30810/why-are-there-different-names-same-country

Wikipedia: Names of Germany
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_of_Germany

土澳 or TuAo: Is this Chinese popular term for Australia affectionate or condescending?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-07/is-chinese-tuao-for-australia-condescending/8591168

The Visionary Behind Italics
https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/03/highlights-of-a-printer-who-invented-italics/386845/

The Origin of Italics
http://www.blakeatwood.com/origin-italics/

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

TypeTalk: Italic vs. Oblique
https://creativepro.com/typetalk-italic-vs-oblique/

Bilinguals find it easier to learn a third language
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110201110915.htm

Can a Second Language Help You Learn a Third?
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/life-bilingual/201506/can-second-language-help-you-learn-third

WALS: Number of Cases
http://wals.info/chapter/49

This is the most important moment of the Comey testimony
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/8/15762266/comey-day-hearing-i-took-it-as-direction-risch

The Brussels Binder: Give the Women of Brussels a Voice
https://brusselsbinder.org

Congrats, you have an all male panel!
http://allmalepanels.tumblr.com

The ‘Manels Affliction’ – or those all-male conference panels talking about stuff that affects everyone
http://linkis.com/m.mgafrica.com/artic/hEsFB

Men cite themselves more than women do
http://www.nature.com/news/men-cite-themselves-more-than-women-do-1.20176


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Episode 287: What Is a Sandwich?

What exactly is a sandwich?

The question is tearing the internet apart. Is a hot dog a sandwich? What about a burrito? But how do we even know what a sandwich is? Or anything else?

We have an answer, but it’s going to take us through some weird semantic territory on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Stephen Fry on God | The Meaning Of Life | RTÉ One

Stephen Fry faces blasphemy probe after God comments
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39830447

Police launch blasphemy probe against Stephen Fry for calling ‘God’ monstrous
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/05/06/police-launch-blasphemy-probe-against-stephen-fry-for-calling-god-monstrous/

BHA defends its patron Stephen Fry in face of Irish blasphemy probe
https://humanism.org.uk/2017/05/06/bha-defends-its-patron-stephen-fry-in-face-of-irish-blasphemy-probe/

Swearing Makes You Stronger And Increases Stamina, Study Finds
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/swearing-stronger-more-stamina-strength-study-swear-words-university-keele-a7718981.html

Strong language: swearing makes you stronger, psychologists confirm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/may/05/strong-language-swearing-makes-you-stronger-psychologists-confirm

Seebs, is a hotdog a sandwich?
http://glossylalia.tumblr.com/post/151262613501/seebs-is-a-hotdog-a-sandwich-i-mean-its-got-the

The sandwich alignment chart that’s tearing the internet apart
http://mashable.com/2017/05/03/sandwich-chart-hot-dog/

Kylie’s approach
Sorry, Merriam-Webster, but Hot Dogs Are Not Sandwiches
http://www.arrantpedantry.com/2016/06/15/sorry-merriam-webster-but-hot-dogs-are-not-sandwiches/

Cups and glasses: learning that boundaries are vague
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-child-language/article/cups-and-glasses-learning-that-boundaries-are-vague/4DE33B9F26DB68DB3FACBEB69DBB304B

Labov’s cups, mugs, glasses, and jugs
Google Books link

Family Resemblance in Wittgenstein
http://www.philosophy-index.com/wittgenstein/family-resemblance/

Wittgenstein: Language-games and Family Resemblance
https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/wittgenstein/#LangGameFamiRese

From Statistics to Meaning: Infants’ Acquisition of Lexical Categories
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3865606/

Twelve-Month-Old Infants Benefit From Prior Experience in Statistical Learning
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2967014/

Agate Rooms (Agate Chamber or Cold Baths)
http://saint-petersburg.guide/pushkin/agate-rooms-(agate-chamber-or-cold-baths)

A linguistic prejudice called native-speakerism (annoying ads)
https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics-of-grammar/a-linguistic-prejudice-called-native-speakerism/180756.html

Relevant Reddit thread
https://www.reddit.com/r/linguistics/comments/69j8ya/a_linguistic_prejudice_called_nativespeakerism/

Native and Nonnative Teachers of L2 Pronunciation: Effects on Learner Performance (paywall)
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/tesq.272/full

TEFL Equity Advocates
https://teflequityadvocates.com

Stephen Fry blasphemy probe dropped after gardaí fail to find ‘substantial number of outraged people’
http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/stephen-fry-blasphemy-probe-dropped-after-garda-fail-to-find-substantial-number-of-outraged-people-35692915.html


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Episode 279: Mailbag – Competitive Edition

We’re taking your questions on a Mailbag episode!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diagram for 0800 0077 070


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Episode 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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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 273: Voice of the Apes

Why don’t monkeys talk to us?

New research tells us that if our primate cousins don’t do language, it’s not because of their vocal tracts. Those appear to be speech-ready. So if the voice is good to go, what’s the holdup?

Daniel is talking apes with Ben and Kylie on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Swearing meme

Frankly, we do give a damn: The relationship between profanity and honesty
https://www.academia.edu/29725191/Frankly_we_do_give_a_damn_The_relationship_between_profanity_and_honesty

People who swear tend to be more honest
http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/21/14341850/profanity-swearing-honesty-linguistics-language

People who curse a lot have better vocabularies than those who don’t, study finds
http://www.sciencealert.com/people-who-curse-a-lot-have-better-vocabularies-than-those-who-don-t-study-finds

Swearing More Is Actually A Sign Of Having A Better Vocabulary, Study Finds
http://www.iflscience.com/brain/knowing-more-swear-words-linked-wider-vocabulary-study-finds/

People Who Can Swear A Lot Found To Have Larger Vocabularies, So Suck It
http://uproxx.com/life/swearing-correlates-with-bigger-vocabulary-f-ck-yeah-it-does/

Julia Roberts vs. Sally Field in Celebrity Curse Off
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0swXMgM284o

Orangutan Found To Mimic Human Speech
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpoydpDHT8A

Voice control in orangutan gives clues to early human speech
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/du-vci072616.php

Monkeys Could Talk, but They Don’t Have the Brains for It
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/09/science/monkeys-speech.html

Monkey vocal tracts are speech-ready
http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/2/12/e1600723

Fitch (and von Humboldt) on monkey talk
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/

New Thoughts on the Origins of Human Speech
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5197-170112-baboons-vowels-speech

Baboons use vowel sounds strikingly similar to humans
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/01/baboons-show-they-ve-got-another-building-block-language-vowellike-sounds

Why a lowered larynx is good for human speech production
http://www.ling.cam.ac.uk/mark/Lowered_larynx_MJJ_York_Jan_2010.pdf

The descended larynx is not uniquely human.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1088793/

From Grunting To Gabbing: Why Humans Can Talk
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129083762

Why monkeys can’t talk—and what they would sound like if they could
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/12/why-monkeys-can-t-talk-and-what-they-would-sound-if-they-could

Lemurs groom-at-a-distance through vocal networks
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003347215003474

‘Baby talk’ in marmoset monkeys
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170116091416.htm

Rogue Scientists Race to Save Climate Data from Trump
https://www.wired.com/2017/01/rogue-scientists-race-save-climate-data-trump/

President Trump ordered the National Park Service to find photos that made his inauguration look huge
http://www.salon.com/2017/01/27/president-trump-ordered-the-national-park-service-to-find-photos-that-made-his-inauguration-look-huge/

Trump admin tells National Park Service to halt tweets
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/21/politics/trump-national-park-service-tweets/

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

Here’s a List of All the U.S. Govt’s Rogue Twitter Accounts Fighting Trump’s Crackdown on Science
http://www.core77.com/posts/60230/Heres-a-List-of-All-the-US-Govts-Rogue-Twitter-Accounts-Fighting-Trumps-Crackdown-on-Science

These 24 ‘rogue’ Twitter accounts claim to be from federal agencies
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/the-conversation/sd-list-rogue-twitter-accounts-from-federal-agencies-20170125-htmlstory.html

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

DataRefuge
https://www.datarefuge.org/about

Stony Brook student held at JFK in Trump travel ban released
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/stony-brook-student-held-at-jfk-in-trump-travel-ban-released-1.13032310


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Episode 268: Dialect (featuring Kathryn Hymes and Hakan Seyalioglu)

Are dying languages worth saving?

That’s the concept of a new game that allows players to explore language creation, language community, and language death, all in the course of an evening. Heavy concepts. How does it work?

Linguist Daniel Midgley talks to the game’s creators, Kathryn Hymes and Hakan Seyalioglu, on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Foreign Accent Syndrome: This American Teen Woke Up Speaking Spanish
https://www.inverse.com/article/22798-what-is-foreign-accent-syndrome

Before his coma he spoke English; after waking up he’s fluent in Spanish
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/10/24/health/teen-spanish-new-language-trnd/

High school goalkeeper wakes up from a coma speaking fluent SPANISH
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c085GtExevo

Teen Wakes Up From Coma Speaking Fluent Spanish: ‘It Was Weird’
http://time.com/4542967/teen-coma-fluent-spanish-georgia/

Linguistic prodigy: 4yo Russian girl speaks 7 languages, incl Chinese & Arabic (VIDEO)
https://www.rt.com/viral/363656-child-prodigy-seven-languages/

Incredible four-year-old speaks seven languages fluently
http://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/europe/incredible-fouryearold-speaks-seven-languages-fluently/news-story/15e9bbebdc574e1c0f57eece6aa907a1

Thorny Games: Dialect
http://www.thornygames.com/dialect-rpg/

Kickstarter: Dialect: A Game about Language and How it Dies
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/347698129/dialect-a-game-about-language-and-how-it-dies

One Shot Podcast: 168. Dialect Part 1
http://oneshotpodcast.com/podcasts/one-shot/168-dialect-part-1/

LANGUAGE MATTERS: What do we lose when a language dies, and what does it take to save one?
http://www.pbs.org/program/language-matters/

Could the dominance of English harm global scholarship?
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35282235

Court finds ‘f— Fred Nile’ not offensive language at marriage equality rally
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/court-finds-f-fred-nile-not-offensive-language-at-marriage-equality-rally-20161025-gs9ymc.html

It’s Perfectly Legal To Tell Anti-LGBT People To “Fuck Off”, Judge Says
https://www.buzzfeed.com/aliceworkman/fck-fred-nile

The ‘F Word’ Is No Longer Deemed Offensive In Australia
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2016/10/the-f-word-is-no-longer-deemed-offensive-in-australia/

Bono Would Call Appeals-Court Decision ‘Fucking Brilliant’
http://www.vulture.com/2007/06/bono_would_call_this_appeals_cou.html

Why are we still celebrating the art of Eric Gill?
http://www.womensviewsonnews.org/2015/07/why-are-we-still-celebrating-the-art-of-eric-gill/


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Episode 262: Universal Grammar

Why do all human languages resemble each other? And how do children learn language so fast?

For many linguists, the answer is Universal Grammar. It’s one of the biggest ideas in linguistics, but now it might possibly be coming unstuck. What is it, and what does its acceptance or rejection mean for modern linguistics?

Linguist Daniel Midgley has something for everyone on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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The French Number
http://www.thefrenchnumber.fr

Evidence Rebuts Chomsky’s Theory of Language Learning
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/evidence-rebuts-chomsky-s-theory-of-language-learning/

Don’t believe the rumours. Universal Grammar is alive and well.
https://medium.com/@dan.milway/dont-believe-the-rumours-universal-grammar-is-alive-and-well-58c1fbc5608b#.av7h2vini

The bonfire of Noam Chomsky: journalist Tom Wolfe targets the acclaimed linguist
http://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2016/9/14/12910180/noam-chomsky-tom-wolfe-linguist

Tom Wolfe plays mischief with language in ‘Kingdom of Speech’
http://articles.philly.com/2016-09-11/news/75354678_1_language-evolution-darwin-urdu

Noam Chomsky on the Evolution of Language: A Biolinguistic Perspective
http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/37725-noam-chomsky-on-the-evolution-of-language-a-biolinguistic-perspective

Dr. Noam Chomsky’s answers to questions from r/linguistics
https://www.reddit.com/r/linguistics/comments/13buz0/dr_noam_chomskys_answers_to_questions_from/?

Universal Grammar- How Do You Back It?
https://www.reddit.com/r/linguistics/comments/16avcv/universal_grammar_how_do_you_back_it/?

What are the leading anti-UG theories?
https://www.reddit.com/r/linguistics/comments/4es4pb/what_are_the_leading_antiug_theories/

The language faculty that wasn’t: a usage-based account of natural language recursion
http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01182/full

A Cognitive Neural Architecture Able to Learn and Communicate through Natural Language
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0140866

Grammar rules aren’t nearly as clear-cut as we thought
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/01/grammar-rules-aren-t-nearly-clear-cut-we-thought

Child language acquisition: Why universal grammar doesn’t help
http://muse.jhu.edu/article/552064

‘Avengers’ assemble to take on ‘racist, abusive coward’ Donald Trump, urge people to vote
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/avengers-assemble-take-on-racist-abusive-coward-donald-trump-urge-people-to-vote-20160921-grlnmt.html

‘Butt’ is an actual unit of measurement
http://gizmodo.com/butt-is-an-actual-unit-of-measurement-1622427091

The first fuckwit
https://stronglang.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/the-first-fuckwit/

My table

sweary-units-of-measurement


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Episode 218: The F-word

Just how far back in history does the F-word go?

Further than we thought. A historian has discovered evidence that pushes the term back by hundreds of years. Meanwhile, researchers are finding which swears are most popular where.

Linguist Daniel Midgley drops some bombs on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Dubious Facebook graphic: “People who use a lot of swear words tend to be more honest and trustworthy, human behavioural studies suggest.”
https://www.facebook.com/wzpl995/photos/a.458588127782.245850.54234792782/10152326194707783/?type=1&theater

Are People who use a lot of Swear Words MORE Honest and Trust Worthy?
http://badpsychologyblog.org/post/55885010495/are-people-who-use-a-lot-of-swear-words-more

Ig Nobel prize for “Huh?”

Huh? An award for research into the word ‘huh’?
Saying ‘huh’ in 31 languages: huh?

ogle, oogle, oggle

What word do you use for gawking at someone in a lustful way?
http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/staticmaps/q_121.html

ogle/oggle/oogle
http://telophase.livejournal.com/2666679.html

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

— Nancy Friedman (@Fritinancy) July 10, 2015

Learn to speak Australian, mate.

Senator told to “speak Australian” during question time
http://www.news.com.au/national/politics/senator-told-to-speak-australian-during-question-time/story-fns0jze1-1227531655033

US Republican Carly Fiorina unaware that English is not the US official language
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/fact-check/2015/09/11/carly-fiorina-official-language-fact-check/72016642/

Note how many US politicians are happy to demand English-only laws
http://www.ontheissues.org/Immigration.htm

Fuck

HuffPo: A F*cking Short History of the F-Word by Melissa Mohr
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/melissa-mohr/a-fcking-short-history-of_b_3352948.html

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

1538: O d fuckin Abbott

Here’s the first recorded instance of the F-word in English
http://io9.com/heres-the-first-recorded-instance-of-the-f-word-in-eng-1519247071

1513: Be his feiris he wald haue fukkit.

William Dunbar: “Brash of Wowing”
Google Books link

1475: Flen, flyys and freris

“Non sunt in coeli, quia gxddbov xxkxzt pg ifmk.”

Language Hat: GXDDBOV XXKXZT PG IFMK.
http://languagehat.com/gxddbov-xxkxzt-pg-ifmk/

Fleas, Flies, Friars and the World’s First F***
http://innocentpleasures.blog.co.uk/2009/11/28/fleas-flies-friars-and-the-world-s-first-f-7475368/

1310: Roger Fuckebythenavele

We Interviewed the Historian Who Just Found the Oldest Use of the Word ‘Fuck’
http://www.vice.com/read/this-historian-just-found-the-oldest-use-of-fuck-920

Fuckebythenavele: Historians uncover oldest known use of the F-word in 1310 court records
http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/fuckebythenavele-historians-uncover-oldest-known-use-f-word-1310-court-020530

‘Fuckebythenavele’: Earliest use of famous Anglo-Saxon swearword unearthed by British historian
https://www.rt.com/uk/315279-oldest-use-swear-word/

1278: John le Fucker (etym. dub.)

Wikipedia: John le Fucker
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_le_Fucker

Jack Grieve’s swearing heatmaps

All the maps: Jack’s Twitter account
https://twitter.com/JWGrieve/media

Do You Live in a “Bitch” or a “Fuck” State? American Curses, Mapped
http://gawker.com/do-you-live-in-a-bitch-or-a-fuck-state-american-cu-1718259899

Bikelash

City Seeing Resistance To New Bike Lanes, Calling It “Bikelash”
http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/06/25/city-seeing-resistance-to-new-bike-lanes-calling-it-bikelash/

Is Bikelash Spreading to Some of the More Progressive Neighborhood Councils?
http://la.streetsblog.org/2015/09/03/is-bikelash-spreading-to-some-of-the-more-progressive-neighborhood-councils/


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Episode 211: Newsbag

For this episode, we’re reaching deep into the newsbag, and showing what’s new in the world of linguistics.

Is there a war on women’s voices? Is a popular toy spouting obscenities? And how did the language of trade floor speculation become the latest dead “language”?

Linguist Daniel Midgley and Em Burrows bring you the latest on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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“Head down, bum up?”
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/head_down,_bum_up

MasterChef winner scores cash, car, column AND a new job with Heston Blumenthal
http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/masterchef-winner-scores-cash-car-column-and-a-new-job-with-heston-blumenthal/story-fn8yvfst-1227459594834

Tracking Hillary Clinton’s Use of Every American Accent East of the Mississippi
https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-22/tracking-hillary-clinton-s-use-of-every-american-accent-east-of-the-mississippi

Naomi Wolf: Young women, give up the vocal fry and reclaim your strong female voice
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/24/vocal-fry-strong-female-voice

Amanda Marcotte: The war on female voices is just another way of telling women to shut up
http://www.dailydot.com/opinion/vocal-fry-99-percent-invisible-womens-voices/

Language Log: And we have a winner…
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=20245

Traders’ language goes the way of Latin and Aramaic
http://www.reuters.com/video/2015/06/30/traders-language-goes-the-way-of-latin-a?videoId=364794821&videoChannel=5&channelName=Business

Closure of futures trading pits will render a language extinct
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/closure-of-futures-trading-pits-will-render-a-language-extinct-2015-07-01

To the Wayback Machine for this tutorial on the lost system of trading floor signs.
http://web.archive.org/web/20050830083840/http://www.cme.com/edu/course/resources/exmpldev9722.html

Is this Minion toy swearing?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEnPYxFP9Vc&feature=em-hot-b

McDonald’s denies Minion toy swears
http://www.skynews.com.au/culture/offbeat/2015/07/11/mcdonald-s-denies-minion-toy-swears.html

Did a talking doll say “Islam is the light”?
http://urbanlegends.about.com/b/2008/10/10/talking-doll-allegedly-says-islam-is-the-light.htm

Hear some phantom words
http://www.philomel.com/phantom_words/example_phantom_words.php

Scientists Decipher 1,500-Year-Old Hebrew Scroll
http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/linguistics/science-ein-gedi-scroll-03049.html

The new French-language Scrabble champion doesn’t speak French
http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-07-21/new-french-language-scrabble-champion-doesn-t-speak-french


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