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Episode 298: West African Pidgin English

We’re listening to West African Pidgin English.

Millions of people speak it, but now it’s getting a big boost from the BBC World Service. What’s this language like? And will it change, now that it’s hit the world stage?

Daniel, Ben, and Kylie talk it over on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Bob Katter Wants To Reclaim The Word ‘Gay’ Because It’s His Favourite
https://www.pedestrian.tv/news/independent-bob-katter-wants-to-reclaim-the-word-gay/

How the human brain detects the ‘music’ of speech
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-08-human-brain-music-speech.html

Controlling a single brain chemical may help expand window for learning language and music
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-06-brain-chemical-window-language-music.html

Restoring auditory cortex plasticity in adult mice by restricting thalamic adenosine signaling
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/356/6345/1352

What is Adenosine?
https://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-Adenosine.aspx

BBC Pidgin
https://www.bbc.com/pidgin

BBC Pidgin Language Service
http://languagehat.com/bbc-pidgin-language-service/

BBC Pidgin don land!
https://www.bbc.com/pidgin/world-40993674

BBC Pidgin service don start today
https://www.bbc.com/pidgin/40996385

Meet the team: BBC starts Pidgin digital service for West Africa audiences
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-40975399

Pidgin – West African lingua franca
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-38000387

How to speak Nigerian pidgin English
https://matadornetwork.com/abroad/beginners-guide-to-nigerian-pidgin-english/

The absolute beginners’ guide to Pidgin
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/22/bbc-pidgin-english-language-africa-nigeria

Lipski: Isn’t Pidgin English just bad English? (PDF)
http://www.personal.psu.edu/jml34/pidgineng.pdf

West African Pidgin-English — an Overview: Phonology – Morphology (1967)
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/007542426700100106

Omniglot: The Origins Of Pidgin English
http://www.omniglot.com/language/articles/originsofpidgin.htm

Aziza: Aspects of the Syntax of Modern Nigerian Pidgin (PDF)
http://www.lingref.com/cpp/acal/44/paper3122.pdf

Christine I. Ofulue, Ph.D: Nigerian Pidgin and West African Pidgins: A sociolinguistic perspective
http://www.uni-giessen.de/faculties/f05/engl/ling/confs/spcl/home/docs/Ofulue

Naijá (Nigerian Pidgin)
https://www.hawaii.edu/satocenter/langnet/definitions/naija.html

Quartz: The BBC’s newest service uses a language made up of street slang
https://qz.com/1058530/the-bbcs-newest-service-is-in-a-language-spoken-by-millions-that-youve-probably-never-heard-before/

BBC World Service announces biggest expansion ‘since the 1940s’
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-37990220

Plandids are all over Instagram. What are they?
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2017/08/07/plandids-all-over-instagram-what-they/544531001/

Most Young Millennials Love Piracy and Ad-Blockers
https://torrentfreak.com/millennials-love-piracy-ad-blockers-160920/

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

Is TV Doomed? Two-Thirds of Young Millennials Use an Ad Blocker to Watch, Study Says
http://www.thewrap.com/ad-blocker-millennials-tv-industry/

Right In Front Of My Salad
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/right-in-front-of-my-salad

Here’s Everything You Need To Know About The Very NSFW “In Front Of My Salad” Meme
https://www.buzzfeed.com/bradesposito/right-in-front-of-my-salad

‘Right in front of my salad,’ your new favorite meme, has a very NSFW origin
http://mashable.com/2017/08/03/right-in-front-of-my-salad-meme-nsfw/

Hearing aid uses your smartphone to target sound in a noisy room
https://www.engadget.com/2015/01/05/hearing-aids-use-your-smartphone-to-target-sound-in-a-noisy-room/

Daniel font, right in front of her salad

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Hearing aid uses your smartphone to target sound in a noisy room
https://www.engadget.com/2015/01/05/hearing-aids-use-your-smartphone-to-target-sound-in-a-noisy-room/


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Episode 245: Language Fact or Fiction?

Ever read a language story, and felt something was a bit off?

Does your keyboard layout affect how you feel about words? Is it true that people couldn’t see the colour blue until modern times? How are you supposed to tell the difference between linguistic fact and fiction?

Linguist Daniel Midgley gives you some pointers on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

The Australian man who woke from a coma speaking fluent MANDARIN
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2740708/Aussie-man-wakes-coma-car-crash-speaking-MANDARIN.html

Facebook tests temporary reactions with a flower for Mother’s Day
http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/5/11601916/facebook-temporary-reactions-flower-mothers-day-thankful

ABC Radio staff told to put people with ‘difficult’ accents on air
http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/abc-radio-staff-told-to-put-people-with-difficult-accents-on-air-20160502-gokjsh.html

Queen’s speech ‘less posh’
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/1080228.stm

Study: Queen’s Accent Moving With The Times
http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=81877&page=1

Neil Nunes (BBC Radio 4 and World Service) reads the Shipping Forecast
https://soundcloud.com/jb_uk/neil-nunes-bbc-radio-4-and

The QWERTY Effect: How typing shapes the meanings of words.
http://link.springer.com/article/10.3758%2Fs13423-012-0229-7
PDF: http://csjarchive.cogsci.rpi.edu/proceedings/2011/papers/0408/paper0408.pdf

The QWERTY Effect: The Keyboards Are Changing Our Language!
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/03/the-qwerty-effect-the-keyboards-are-changing-our-language/254211/

The QWERTY keyboard is changing our feelings towards words
http://www.sciencealert.com/the-qwerty-keyboard-layout-is-changing-our-feelings-towards-words

Liberman at Language Log: The QWERTY effect
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=3829

Jasmin & Casasanto respond: The Robustness of the QWERTY Effect
http://www.casasanto.com/QWERTY.html

Liberman: Response to Jasmin and Casasanto’s response to me
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=3848

Stefan at Replicated Typo: QWERTY: The Next Generation
http://www.replicatedtypo.com/qwerty-the-next-generation/8652.html

The QWERTY effect on the web: How typing shapes the meaning of words in online human-computer interaction
https://arxiv.org/abs/1604.02287

QWERTY Effect: How typing makes us love certain words, hate others
http://www.geek.com/science/qwerty-effect-how-typing-makes-us-love-certain-words-hate-others-1652974/

The QWERTY Keyboard’s Origin Story Was Just Totally Debunked
http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/qwerty-keyboard_n_3223611.html?section=australia

No one could see the colour blue until modern times
http://www.businessinsider.com.au/what-is-blue-and-how-do-we-see-color-2015-2?r=US&IR=T

Himba color perception
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=18237

Words for snow revisited: Languages support efficient communication about the environment
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/cmu-wfs041316.php

CSIRO: Reducing Australia’s carp invasion
http://www.csiro.au/en/Research/BF/Areas/Managing-the-impacts-of-invasive-species/Biological-control/Biocontrol-of-carp

Murray-Darling carp plague requires urgent release of fish virus say farmers, environmentalists
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-13/murray-darling-carp-plague-release-fish-virus-farmers-scientists/7084586

Fishermen welcome plan to use herpes to rid waterways of European carp
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/fishermen-welcome-plan-to-use-herpes-to-rid-waterways-of-european-carp-20160506-gooed5.html

How Donald Trump handed Hillary Clinton the ‘woman card’ and the election
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/02/how-donald-trump-handed-hillary-clinton-the-woman-card-and-the-election-commentary.html

Trump mocked Clinton’s “woman card.” He forgets that makes the election about masculinity.
http://www.vox.com/2016/5/5/11571446/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-gender-woman-card

UltraViolet: The Woman Card
https://www.facebook.com/weareultraviolet/photos/a.308793015857415.71731.260933440643373/1071706842899358/?type=3&theater
13092176_1071706842899358_5029241016158694836_n

Hillary Clinton made an actual “woman card” for her supporters
http://qz.com/673294/hillary-clinton-made-an-actual-woman-card-for-her-supporters/
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Iowa Siblings Launch ‘Woman Cards’ in Trump Retaliation
http://whotv.com/2016/05/06/iowa-siblings-launch-woman-cards-in-trump-retaliation/

1989: play the race card
National Journal, Volume 21, Issues 35-43

1986: Buthelezi has “… shown no qualms playing the ethnic card
Transafrica Forum

1976: playing the nationalist card
Soviet-American Regional Competition

The Longest Word in the Dictionary That Does Not Repeat A Letter
http://designtaxi.com/news/350983/The-Longest-Word-in-the-Dictionary-That-Does-Not-Repeat-A-Letter/


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Episode 239: Animal Syntax

Other animals don’t have language like we do, but some of them might be getting awfully close.

A recent experiment claims that some birds use a form of syntax — that they combine their signals in a way that’s always been thought to be unique to humans. Are these bird brains on to something?

Linguist Daniel Midgley sets things in order on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Microsoft’s New Twitter Bot Becomes Nazi Sympathizing Maniac Within 24 Hours
http://theantimedia.org/microsofts-new-twitter-bot-becomes-nazi-sympathizing-maniac-within-24-hours/

Microsoft: Tay
https://www.tay.ai

Microsoft killed its first sentient AI
https://imgur.com/gallery/VhlAW

Artificially Intelligent Robot Tells Creator It Will Keep Humans “In a People Zoo”
http://theantimedia.org/artificially-intelligent-robot-tells-creator-it-will-keep-humans-in-a-people-zoo/

A new study will figure out if cats pick up the dialects of their owners
http://www.sciencealert.com/a-new-study-will-figure-out-if-cats-pick-up-the-dialects-of-their-owners

WATCH: Do you understand what your cat is saying?
http://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/article/watch-do-you-understand-what-your-cat-is-saying

Syntax is not unique to human language
http://phys.org/news/2016-03-syntax-unique-human-language.html

Bird Uses Linguistics Thought to Be Exclusively Human
http://www.i4u.com/2016/03/106816/bird-uses-linguistics-thought-be-exclusively-human

Ape ‘language ace’ gets tripped up by simple grammar
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/03/ape-language-ace-gets-tripped-simple-grammar

Dendrophobia in Bonobo Comprehension of Spoken English (PDF)
http://evolang.org/neworleans/pdf/EVOLANG_11_paper_87.pdf

$380 million ship may be named Boaty McBoatface thanks to an online poll
http://www.smh.com.au/world/380-million-ship-may-be-named-boaty-mcboatface-thanks-to-an-online-poll-20160320-gnmtvx.html

Commuters salute guard after ‘Trainy McTrainface’ pulls into Waterloo
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/commuters-salute-guard-after-trainy-mctrainface-pulls-into-waterloo-a3209291.html

Mar 14th ’11: “I agree though. He’s definitely Sexy McSexFace. <3”
http://www.babygaga.com/t-1619410/you-watch-army-wives.html

Insulting nicknames involving “face”
http://ask.metafilter.com/166971/Gimme-some-nicknames-Dorks

Simpsons: Rome-old and Juli-eh — the origin of Esteban De La Sexface
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0918867/

From Cool McCool to Boaty McBoatface: An Investigationy McInvestigation
http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2016/03/25/boaty_mcboatface_mcdreamy_tits_mcgee_and_the_internet_s_favorite_naming.html


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Episode 226: Shakespeare in Translation (featuring Migdalia Cruz and Taylor Mac)

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has commissioned all Shakespeare’s plays to be translated into contemporary English.

But how does one go about updating the words of the Bard? Does this task belong to playwrights, or to linguists?

Linguist Daniel Midgley speaks with playwrights Migdalia Cruz and Taylor Mac on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Your voice! Your story!: English in Western Australia
http://crowdresearch.uwa.edu.au/project/your-voice-your-story-english-in-western-australia/

Speaking giant panda: Secret language decoded as scientists set sights on hi-tech translator
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/speaking-giant-panda-secret-language-decoded-scientists-set-sights-hi-tech-translator-1527345

Scientists say they have decoded ‘panda language’
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/chinese-scientists-say-they-have-decoded-panda-language-a6722651.html

Chimpanzee language claims lost in translation, researchers conclude
http://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2015/11/02/chimpanzee-language-claims-lost-in-translation-researchers-conclude.html

Migdalia Cruz
http://www.migdaliacruz.com

Taylor Mac
http://www.taylormac.org/

Oregon Shakespeare Festival
https://www.osfashland.org

OSF: Play On!
https://www.osfashland.org/experience-osf/upcoming/play-on.aspx

Conservative Christians Are Losing Their Minds Because Starbucks Now Has Red Cups
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/11/08/conservative-christians-are-losing-their-minds-because-starbucks-now-has-red-cups/

Dunkin’ Donuts stirs Starbucks ‘brew-haha’ with festive holiday cup
http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/dunkin-donuts-stirs-starbucks-brew-haha-festive-holiday-cup

Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2015 is…
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2015/11/word-of-the-year-2015-emoji/

Oxford’s Word of the Year…isn’t a word

People getting pissy on Twitter and me fighting them.

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Episode 213: Short and Sweet

Is there anything that all human languages have in common?

With all the diversity in the world’s languages, a true universal is hard to find. But new research has unearthed a principle involving the distances between words, and this discovery has revived a long-standing debate.

Linguist Daniel Midgley keeps it short and sweet on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Marmoset ‘conversations’ may give clues to evolution of human language
http://news.sciencemag.org/plants-animals/2015/04/marmoset-conversations-may-give-clues-evolution-human-language

Related to PharaohKatt’s post: some of my favourite linguistic developments
http://221–bee.tumblr.com/post/125666704553/some-of-my-favourite-linguistic-developments

Know Your Meme: Doge
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/doge

Know Your Meme: Son, I Am Disappoint
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/son-i-am-disappoint

LOLspeak
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/lolspeak-chanspeak/children

Follow Dog Solutions. It funny
https://twitter.com/DogSolutions

NatGeo: Bonobo “Baby Talk” Reveals Roots of Human Language
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/08/150808-animals-bonobos-apes-evolution-speech/

Guardian: Bonobos have mastered the art of babytalk, new research shows
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/aug/04/bonobos-mastered-art-of-babytalk-language-evolution

Daily Mail: Bonobos speak like HUMAN BABIES: Apes use high-pitched ‘peeps’ just like infants learning to talk
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3184869/Bonobos-speak-like-HUMAN-BABIES-Apes-use-high-pitched-peeps-just-like-infants-learning-talk.html

Scientific American: Bonobo Peeps May Be Necessary Language Precursors
http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/bonobo-peeps-may-be-necessary-language-precursors/

MIT Linguists Say Human Languages Might Be Predictable
https://www.inverse.com/article/5136-mit-linguists-say-human-languages-might-be-predictable

The paper: Large-scale evidence of dependency length minimization in 37 languages
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/07/28/1502134112

MIT Study Suggests a Universal Property of Language
http://languagemagazine.com/?p=124247

All languages have evolved to have this in common
http://news.sciencemag.org/social-sciences/2015/08/all-languages-have-evolved-have-common

More about language universals (PDF)
http://www.uio.no/studier/emner/hf/ikos/EXFAC03-AAS/h05/larestoff/linguistics/Chapter%203.(H05).pdf

Klittra wins the vote in Sweden as the new word for female masturbation. Don’t be surprised if English adopts it. http://t.co/gQjBOnjsN5

— Wordability (@WordabilityHugh) June 23, 2015

Jezebel: Add the Word ‘Klittra’ to Your Sexual Dictionary
http://jezebel.com/add-the-word-klittra-to-your-sexual-dictionary-1712951840

Guardian: Sweden invents a word for girls’ genitals equivalent to ‘willy’ for boys
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/01/sweden-girls-genitals-feminist-invention-snippa-vagina

Swedish children’s TV dancing genitals cartoon sparks parental outcry
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/14/swedish-childrens-tv-cartoon-dancing-sparks-parental-outcry-genitals-penis-vagina-dancing

English remix of Swedish ‘genitals’ song released
http://www.thelocal.se/20150305/english-remix-of-sweden-genitals-song-twinkle-willie

Inevitable dance remix
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AWRwd6NlXA

Where does on the dole come from?
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=dole


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Episode 206: Baby Talk, or Not?

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Episode 203: Modern Australian Usage (featuring Nicholas Hudson)

When writers need advice, they turn to editors, and Nicholas Hudson is a formidable presence in the editing world.

But how does his advice stack up linguistically? And what do Australian writers need to know?

Author and editor Nicholas Hudson speaks with linguist Daniel Midgley on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Ocky, plonko and shornie… There are 2000 new Aussie words in the Oxford Dictionaries
http://www.news.com.au/national/ocky-plonko-and-shornie-there-are-2000-new-aussie-words-in-the-oxford-dictionaries/story-fncynjr2-1227327980081

How the language you speak changes your view of the world
https://theconversation.com/how-the-language-you-speak-changes-your-view-of-the-world-40721

Think your world view is fixed? Learn another language and you’ll think differently
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/27/world-view-learn-another-language

German doesn’t have a progressive aspect
http://german.about.com/library/anfang/blanfang04b.htm

Comment thread on Reddit
http://www.reddit.com/r/linguistics/comments/34aefq/question_about_recent_study_into_bilingual_world/

Nicholas Hudson: Bio
http://editorsvictoria.org/publications/9-uncategorised/113-nick-hudson-awarded-1995

Modern Australian Usage
http://www.allenandunwin.com/default.aspx?page=94&book=9781760111557

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com

Zenosyne: The Sense That Time Keeps Going Faster
http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/post/117535941935/life-is-short-and-life-is-long-but-not-in-that

Wiktionary: Zeno
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Zeno

Wiktionary: Syne
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/syne

Why Time Feels Like It Passes Quicker as You Get Older
http://lifehacker.com/why-time-feels-like-it-passes-quicker-as-you-get-older-1536099982

Why Time Goes Faster as You Get Older
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201004/why-time-goes-faster-you-get-older


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Episode 192: Linguistic Movies

It’s Oscars time, and the film about Alan Turing “The Imitation Game” is in contention for best picture.

But that’s not the only language movie out there — there are plenty of cinematic delights to quench your passion for linguistic film.

Linguist Daniel Midgley goes to the movies on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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¿Qué? Siri destroys Cortana and Google Now on language accuracy http://www.cultofmac.com/312335/que-siri-destroys-cortana-google-now-language-accuracy/

Check out the Hedonometer
http://hedonometer.org/index.html?from=2012-08-26&to=2015-02-27

The Mathematicians Trying to Prove that Every Language Is Inherently Positive
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-mathematicians-trying-to-prove-that-every-language-is-inherently-positive

The paper: Human language reveals a universal positivity bias
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/02/04/1411678112

EYE-GOUGINGLY BAD REPORTING ALERT

ScienceAlert: Spanish is the happiest language, Chinese the most balanced, new study reveals
http://www.sciencealert.com/spanish-is-the-happiest-language-chinese-is-the-most-balanced-new-study-reveals

ScienceMag: Spanish is the happiest language; Chinese, not so much
http://news.sciencemag.org/social-sciences/2015/02/spanish-happiest-language-chinese-not-so-much?rss=1

ABC Science: Language proves we’re all optimists at heart
http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2015/02/10/4176587.htm

USA Today: Spanish is the happiest language
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/02/14/spanish-will-make-you-smile/23411681/

END OF ALERT

The sunny side always looks up
http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2014/04/03/3972149.htm

The Poem That Passed the Turing Test
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-poem-that-passed-the-turing-test

From the programmer’s blog
https://rpiai.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/turing-test-passed-using-computer-generated-poetry/

The Imitation Game (2014): is it history, drama or myth?
https://theconversation.com/the-imitation-game-is-it-history-drama-or-myth-35849

The coin toss scene from ‘No Country for Old Men’.
WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLCL6OYbSTw
Script: http://gointothestory.blcklst.com/2009/03/great-scene-no-country-for-old-men.html

Roger Ebert reviews ‘Nell’.
http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/nell-1994

And a similar film: The Wild Child
http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-wild-child-1970

WATCH: The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlrP2IR58es

About Gregorio Cortez
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorio_Cortez

More about The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez
http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/235288%7C235313/The-Ballad-of-Gregorio-Cortez.html

Windtalkers (2002)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0245562/

Navajo Code Talkers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_talker#Navajo_code_talkers

WATCH: Singin’ in the Rain (1952): “Moses Supposes”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tciT9bmCMq8

WATCH: My Fair Lady (1964)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2TH8jOxVoM

Here are even more linguistically significant films
http://linguistlist.org/issues/16/16-1639.html

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) quotes
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2015381/quotes

And more:
https://stancarey.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/films-of-linguistic-interest/

Nut rage
http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/02/12/one-year-in-prison-for-korean-air-heiress-whose-tantrum-over-macadamia-nuts-delayed-flight/

Wikipedia: Nut rage incident
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut_rage_incident

Desk rage
http://rigorousintuition.ca/board2/viewtopic.php?t=19387&p=201740

Lollipop rage
http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/worldwidewords/2006-May/000377.html

Word rage on Language Log
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=1573

V for Vendetta speech
https://storyspeaker.wordpress.com/2007/06/04/v-for-vendetta-v’s-introductory-speech-and-remember-remember-poem/


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