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Episode 254: Plagiarism

Did Melania Trump really plagiarise that speech?

Yeah, she totally did. But how can you tell if someone is copying someone else’s work? How do plagiarism checkers work? And can you beat them?

Linguist Daniel Midgley shows his work on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Authorities fry hard to fix Korean menus lost in translation http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/07/116_209371.html

Korea to fix mistranslations on English menu http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2016/07/135_209516.html

Kylie’s post on signs on the Sydney foreshore https://www.facebook.com/rtrfmtalkthetalk/posts/1364794563547332

Melania Trump speech appears to plagiarize Michelle Obama
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/288274-melania-trump-speech-plagiarized-paragraph-from-michelle-obamas-2008

Team Trump shows how not to respond to a controversy
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/team-trump-shows-how-not-respond-controversy

Trump campaign rolls out brand new plagiarism explanation
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-campaign-rolls-out-brand-new-plagiarism-explanation

Where Does “Your Word Is Your Bond” Come From, and Why Did Melania Steal It? http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2016/07/19/your_word_is_your_bond_history_and_origins_from_matthew_to_hip_hop.html

Anne Charity Hudley’s Facebook post: “Your word is your bond” https://www.facebook.com/AnneHarperCharityHudley/posts/10100909532616217?pnref=story

Here’s Why Some People Believe Melania Trump’s Speechwriter Doesn’t Really Exist http://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/heres-why-some-people-believe-melania-trumps-speechwriter-doesnt-really-exist.html

Yes, Melania Speech Fall Woman Meredith McIver Is Real. Here’s Proof. http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/07/20/yes_meredith_mciver_is_a_real_person_here_s_proof.html

Text: Remarks by First Lady Laura Bush to the Republican National Convention http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A50438-2004Aug31.html

Melania Trump: Astrophysicist calculates there was one in 87 billion chance speech was not plagiarised
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-20/maths-on-melania-trump-speech/7643658

Melania Trump speech: The odds of a word match
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/19/melania-trump-speech-the-odds-of-a-word-match.html

Weird and Funny Novelty Bets offered by William Hill and Notable Payouts
http://www.soccerwidow.com/football-gambling/betting-knowledge/betting-advice/bookmakers/weird-and-funny-novelty-bets-offered-by-william-hill-and-notable-payouts/

N-grams data: Corpus of Contemporary American English
http://www.ngrams.info/download_coca.asp

Did Melania Trump Rickroll in her Republican convention speech? http://www.rappler.com/entertainment/news/140321-melania-trump-rickroll-republican-convention-speech

Nowhere to Hide: Finding Plagiarized Documents Based on Sentence Similarity (PDF) http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1149&context=facpub

Turnitoff – Defeating Plagiarism Detection Systems (PDF) http://www.cs.surrey.ac.uk/BIMA/People/L.Gillam/downloads/publications/HEA-ICS_turnitoff.pdf

Plagiarism Detection across Distant Language Pairs (PDF)
http://mt-archive.info/Coling-2010-Barron.pdf

Melania Trump And The Age Of Borrowed Language http://www.forbes.com/sites/rodgerdeanduncan/2016/07/20/melania-trump-and-the-age-of-borrowed-language/

Stop referring to Pokémon Go as augmented reality
http://venturebeat.com/2016/07/14/stop-referring-to-pokemon-go-as-augmented-reality/

L. Frank Baum envisioned AR glasses: Augmented reality history, background and philosophy https://wiki.mq.edu.au/display/ar/Augmented+reality+history,+background+and+philosophy

Sorry AP, there is an accent mark in Pokémon
http://mashable.com/2016/07/12/pokemon-spelling-ap-style/

What’s that é doing in Pokémon? Wiktionary: saké
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/saké

There May Be Four Region Exclusive Pokemon in ‘Pokemon GO’ http://toucharcade.com/2016/07/22/pokemon-go-exclusives/

#115: Kangashkan
http://pokedream.com/pokedex/pokemon/kangaskhan

The Straight Dope: Did humans descend from “aquatic apes”?
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1991/did-humans-descend-from-aquatic-apes


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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 249: Big Big Mailbag

It’s time to return to our mailbag and answer some questions.

Is the translating earpiece a thing? Is thing a thing? What about New Zealand English? And is it sexist to say guys?

Linguist Daniel Midgley finds out on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Pilot Bluetooth earpiece crowdfunds the dream of universal, instant language translation
http://www.cnet.com/news/pilot-bluetooth-earpiece-crowdfunds-the-dream-of-universal-instant-language-translation/

Could Two People Use Real-Time Translation to Fall in Love?
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/05/language-and-machine-learning/484028/

Ben Yagoda: I Guess ‘It’s a Thing’
http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2012/12/13/i-guess-its-a-thing/

Is That Even a Thing?
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/04/16/is-that-even-a-thing/?_r=0

Language Log: When did “a thing” become a thing?
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=25229

Proto-beat-poetry from 1900! It’s the latest thing!
Google Books link

New Zealand Accent Tip | Accents with Amy
https://youtu.be/Ab_MLnr1Q4I

Encyclopaedia of New Zealand: Story: Speech and accent
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/speech-and-accent

New Zealand English: “not an accent; it is a disease.”
https://uclinguistics.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/new-zealand-english-1/

#WordsAtWork: David Morrison wants Australians to stop saying gender-based terms like ‘guys’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-01/david-morrison-wants-australians-to-stop-saying-‘guys’/7465824

Hey guys: Oxford, Macquarie dictionary experts say using ‘guys’ is not sexist
http://www.afr.com/leadership/company-culture/hey-guys-oxford-macquarie-dictionary-experts-say-using-guys-is-not-sexist-20160601-gp8ssl

‘Gents’, ‘Fellas’, ‘Boys’ – How Language Is Telling Women They Don’t Belong
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kate-van-dellen/gents-fellas-boys-how-language_b_6980468.html

Hey You Guys, Does Being Called ‘You Guys’ Bother You?
http://www.forbes.com/2009/11/30/professional-behavior-sexism-forbes-woman-leadership-workplace-etiquette.html

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

How a Country’s Land Shapes Its Language
http://nautil.us/blog/how-a-countrys-land-shapes-its-language

Children can go through a silent period as a result of sudden exposure to a new language
Language, Culture, and Adaptation in Immigrant Children
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3526379/

What parents want to know about bilingualism
http://www.francoisgrosjean.ch/for_parents_en.html

Etymologically Redundant Expressions
http://www.fun-with-words.com/redundant_etymology.html

Redundant Phrases – Pleonasms
http://www.fun-with-words.com/redundant_phrases.html

Why is digitize so often seen in British English? Here’s digitise and digitize from the British section of the Google Ngram Corpus.

And here’s acclimatis* and acclimatiz*.

Digitize (var)
http://www.lukemastin.com/testing/spelling/cgi-bin/database.cgi?action=view_category&database=spelling&category=D

Crosswords in other languages? Why, yes!
http://alwayspuzzling.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/crosswords-in-other-languages.html


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Episode 240: Bite the Wax Tadpole

Brand names can get lost in translation.

When a company tries to market a product overseas, sometimes the result is international zany hijinks ahoy. But not all the stories are true — there are plenty of urban legends around. Who can separate the facts from the fiction?

Linguist Daniel Midgley brings your ancestors back from the grave on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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UNSW: Indigenous Terminology
https://teaching.unsw.edu.au/indigenous-terminology

The Daily Telegraph Accuses UNSW Of “Rewriting History” For Saying Australia Was “Invaded”
http://junkee.com/the-daily-telegraph-accuses-unsw-of-rewriting-history-for-saying-captain-cook-invaded-australia/75322

Daily Tele Uncovers Academic ‘Invasion’ Plot… 20 Years Too Late
https://newmatilda.com/2016/03/31/daily-tele-uncovers-academic-invasion-plot-20-years-too-late/

Of course Australia was invaded – massacres happened here less than 90 years ago
https://theconversation.com/of-course-australia-was-invaded-massacres-happened-here-less-than-90-years-ago-55377

Outrage As University Teaches History Correctly.
http://www.sbs.com.au/comedy/article/2016/03/30/outrage-university-teaches-history-correctly?cid=trending

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

Urban Legends: The Chevy Nova
http://jalopnik.com/169401/urban-legends-the-chevy-nova

The Chevy Nova That Didn’t Go
http://spanish.about.com/cs/culture/a/chevy_nova.htm

Bite the Wax Tadpole
http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/tadpole.asp

Bite the Wax Tadpole?
http://www.coca-colacompany.com/history/2008/03/bite-the-wax-ta/

Come Alive!
http://www.snopes.com/business/misxlate/ancestor.asp

Worst slogan translations
http://crazytopics.blogspot.com.au/2007/01/worst-slogan-translations.html

Word Safety
http://wordsafety.com

10 Most Unfortunate and Funny Car Names
http://www.oddee.com/item_93544.aspx

Braniff Ad Has `Naked` Option
http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1987-02-05/business/8701080195_1_diego-garrido-wording-largest-hispanic-advertising

These Mistakes Will Kill Your Company’s Prospects When Trying To Go Global
http://www.businessinsider.com.au/these-mistakes-will-kill-your-companys-prospects-when-trying-to-go-global-2011-12?r=US&IR=T

Burrada
Google Books link

Naming Faux Pas
http://www.namedevelopment.com/naming-faux-pas.html

Urban Dictionary: don’t at me (don’t @ me)
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=don’t+at+me+(don’t+%40+me)

The Accidental History of the @ Symbol
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-accidental-history-of-the-symbol-18054936/?no-ist

Ray Tomlinson, email inventor and selector of @ symbol, dies aged 74
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/mar/07/ray-tomlinson-email-inventor-and-selector-of-symbol-dies-aged-74

Ray Tomlinson, The Creator Of Email Who Popularized @ Symbol, Dies At 74
http://www.ibtimes.com/ray-tomlinson-creator-email-who-popularized-symbol-dies-74-2331307

“I am frequently asked why I chose the at sign, but the at sign just makes sense.”
http://arstechnica.com/business/2016/03/e-mail-inventor-ray-tomlinson-who-popularized-symbol-dies-at-74/

Slash: Not Just a Punctuation Mark Anymore
http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2013/04/24/slash-not-just-a-punctuation-mark-anymore/

Citroen C4 Cactus Ushers In A New Kind Of Low Cost Car
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/citroen-c4-cactus-ushers-in-a-new-kind-of-low-cost-car/

Mitsubishi Starion
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_Starion

Seen in Sicily

ucuntu


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Episode 234: Disruptive Language Tech

What happens when computers can use language like humans can? Language workers may be out of a job.

Translators, teachers, and others are watching with concern. But is there reason to think that we’re on the verge of solving all the computational language problems? Or are some things just too hard for computers?

Linguist Daniel Midgley gazes into the crystal ball on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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xkcd 1140: Calendar of Meaningful Dates
http://www.xkcd.com/1140/

Missing 11th of the Month
http://drhagen.com/blog/the-missing-11th-of-the-month/

Port Angeles street signs honor Klallam history
http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20160214/news/302149975/port-angeles-street-signs-honor-klallam-history

Canada’s new national font was designed to include aboriginal languages
http://qz.com/574312/canadas-official-new-united-font-was-designed-to-include-aboriginal-languages/

Canada’s New Typeface Unifies the Country’s Many Languages
http://www.wired.com/2015/12/canadas-new-typeface-unifies-the-countrys-many-languages/

City Debuts Local Punjabi Street Signs
http://www.ckpg.com/2015/12/10/local-punjabi-street-signs/

Dual Naming Project takes off in Denmark (PDF)
http://www.noongar.org.au/images/pdf/forms/SWALSC_Newsletter_August_edition2_2013.pdf

Robots will take over most jobs within 30 years, experts warn
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/12155808/Robots-will-take-over-most-jobs-within-30-years-experts-warn.html?WT.mc_id=tmgoff_pq_fb_20150423

The Language Barrier Is About to Fall
http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-language-barrier-is-about-to-fall-1454077968

Tech is removing language barriers – but will jobs be lost in translation?
http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/sep/19/tech-removing-language-barriers-jobs-lost-translation

Push technology: why online translation may be Googling interpreters out of a job
http://www.dw.com/en/push-technology-why-online-translation-may-be-googling-interpreters-out-of-a-job/a-17979947

The Translator’s Blues
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/webhead/2006/01/the_translators_blues.html

Does rise of machine translations threaten interpreters?
http://www.ecns.cn/2016/01-28/197408.shtml

Cats and Dogs Trigger Machine Translation Row in Canada
https://slator.com/technology/cats-and-dogs-trigger-machine-translation-row-in-canada/

Scientists develop ‘psychic robot’ that can predict our actions
http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-develop-psychic-robot-that-can-predict-our-actions

Dr. Bellos or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Machine Translation
http://www.worldaccent.com/blog/2012/08/machine-human-translation.html

First Dog on the Moon
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2016/feb/12/gravitational-waves-science-should-go-out-and-buy-a-lottery-ticket-right-now

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have something in common
http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/what-do-trump-and-sanders-have-in-common-508860995748

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

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Episode 222: Brain, Body, Baby

For babies, learning language seems like child’s play.

But new research is showing us that there’s a lot going on in there, with contributions from brain, body, and memory. How does it all work?

Linguist Daniel Midgley bundles it all together on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Mama or Dada? Research looks at what words are easiest for kids to learn
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/10/151012132455.htm

Why we should be excited by 100,000 year old human teeth from China
https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2015/10/15/why-we-should-be-excited-by-100000-year-old-human-teeth-from-china/

Humans Exited Africa, and Trekked to China, Fossils Reveal
http://www.livescience.com/52481-modern-humans-reached-china-before-europe.html

Evidence Challenges the “Out of Africa” Timeline of Human Evolution
http://io9.com/more-evidence-undermines-the-out-of-africa-theory-of-1619420466

Earliest Known Draft of King James Bible Is Found, Scholar Says
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/15/books/earliest-known-draft-of-king-james-bible-is-found-scholar-says.html

Oldest Draft of King James Bible Discovered
http://news.discovery.com/history/religion/oldest-draft-of-king-james-bible-discovered-15101.htm

Oldest King James Bible Draft Found In England, Suggests 17th Century Translation Wasn’t Group Effort
http://www.ibtimes.com/oldest-king-james-bible-draft-found-england-suggests-17th-century-translation-wasnt-2142463

English phrases and sayings that derive from the Bible
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/bible-phrases-sayings.html

Babies need free tongue movement to decipher speech sounds
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-10/uobc-bnf100915.php

Bruderer et al: Sensorimotor influences on speech perception in infancy
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/10/06/1508631112.abstract

“Help! I’m losing phonemes as you speak!”
http://www.cafepress.com/mf/63235081/phonemes_bodysuit?aid=1568734

Why ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ Sound So Similar in So Many Languages
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/10/words-mom-dad-similar-languages/409810/

Gaze shifting helps babies learn new languages
http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/spectrum/society/gaze-shifting-helps-babies-learn-new-languages/112859.html

NINE-HUNDED DOLLARYDOOS (Simpsons clip)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w3iPFl-cfI

Change the Australian currency name to Dollarydoos.
https://www.change.org/p/change-the-australian-currency-name-to-dollarydoos?source_location=trending_petitions_home_page&algorithm=curated_trending

Aussies get behind proposal to change currency to dollarydoos
http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/10/16/15/39/aussies-get-behind-proposal-to-change-currency-to-dollarydoos

The Reserve Bank and Reform of the Currency: 1960–1988 — The Royal Controversy
http://www.rba.gov.au/Museum/Displays/1960_1988_rba_and_reform_of_the_currency/the_royal_controversy.html

Holt’s folly: one royal we rejected
‘”The Australian drawl, [Holt] warned, could easily reduce ”14 australs” to ”40 nostrils”.’
http://www.smh.com.au/money/on-the-money/holts-folly-one-royal-we-rejected-20130603-2nmoa.html

Simpsons neologisms
http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Made-up_words

Sifting the fact from fiction about baby sign language
https://theconversation.com/sifting-the-fact-from-fiction-about-baby-sign-language-36924

Science Blogs on Dustan Baby Language: A Cry Is Just A Cry
http://scienceblogs.com/deanscorner/2011/05/17/a-cry-is-just-a-cry/

‘Linguistics experts point out that Dunstan’s hypothesis has not been subjected to rigorous testing or academic scrutiny. The Dunstan company had, at one time, developed a clinical trial plan with Brown University researchers to test its claims, but abandoned it for consumer surveys and small-group observations in order “to hasten the development of a system that could be used by parents,” skipping rigorous testing to go straight to market.’
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunstan_Baby_Language


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Episode 221: Getting the Picture (featuring Matt Purver)

A picture is worth a thousand words.

But the task of figuring out what’s going on in a picture has left computers speechless — until now. New language tech is making it happen. But what are the ethical issues connected with this kind of task?

Computational linguist Matt Purver talks to Daniel Midgley on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Liberals swear more on Twitter than rightwingers, says study
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/sep/16/liberals-swear-more-on-twitter-than-rightwingers-says-study

Paper: Twitter Language Use Reflects Psychological Differences between Democrats and Republicans
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0137422

Cheering German crowds greet refugees after long trek from Budapest to Munich
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/05/refugee-crisis-warm-welcome-for-people-bussed-from-budapest

Germany expects over a million refugees this year
http://www.smh.com.au/world/germany-expects-over-a-million-refugees-this-year-20151011-gk6i29.html

Germany translates its constitution into Arabic to help refugees integrate
https://www.rt.com/news/317115-germany-translates-constitution-arabic/

Austria: German language app launched for migrant children
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/austria-german-language-app-launched-migrant-children-1523164

New German language app for refugee kids
http://www.thelocal.at/20151008/austria-launches-language-app-for-refugee-children

German Lessons for Young Refugees: New Words for Farid
https://www.goethe.de/en/spr/mag/20505317.html

Duolingo Plans To Offer Free German Lessons To Syrian Refugees
http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/duolingo-german-lessons-syrian-refugees_5602e8e7e4b0fde8b0d0e792?section=australia&adsSiteOverride=au

Duolingo: German for Arabic Speakers
https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/de/ar/status

Cute kitten
http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/clubpenguinpookie/images/d/d0/Extremely-cute-kitten_large.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140614000321

Two guys playing frisbee
http://il8.picdn.net/shutterstock/videos/2360786/thumb/1.jpg

Privacy ends October 13, 2015
http://www.echo.net.au/2015/09/privacy-ends-october-13-2015/

Metadata laws to be introduced on Tuesday, but there are still some unanswered questions
http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/metadata-laws-to-be-introduced-on-tuesday-but-there-are-still-some-unanswered-questions/story-fn5j66db-1227561529736

Scott Ludlam: #StopDataRetention
http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/campaigns/stopdataretention

Egg corn: “To the manner/manor born”
http://www.word-detective.com/2011/10/to-the-manner-manor-born/

More eggcorns
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2013/02/when-does-wrong-become-right/


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Episode 207: Language Learning App Road-Test

More and more of us are turning to our phones to learn a new language, or brush up on an old one.

And with so many apps available, there have never been so many ways to learn. But what do they offer, and which one is right for you?

Linguist Daniel Midgley offers some advice on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Learn a language while you text: Graduate student’s “WaitChatter” app teaches vocabulary during moments in between text and instant-message replies.
http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2015/learn-language-while-you-text-0514

Learn language while you sleep? Maybe not, but it helps.
https://theconversation.com/learning-a-language-sleep-on-it-and-youll-get-the-grammar-40605

Language is dying – and I’m not chillaxed about it
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/barry-saunders/article22749480.html

Most of English vocabulary has been replaced in the last 1,000 years.
The stat about Greek comes from this chart

which can be found here:

Wajarri app: Learning an ancient language in the digital age
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2015/05/25/4242071.htm

Aboriginal language Wikipedia faces cultural hurdles, say researchers
http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/may/26/aboriginal-language-wikipedia-faces-cultural-hurdles-say-researchers

6 Apps For Learning Languages, Ranked By How You Like To Study
http://www.bustle.com/articles/74329-6-apps-for-learning-languages-ranked-by-how-you-like-to-study

Learning Indonesian
https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/learning-indonesian-fun-easy/id271088564?mt=2

Readlang Helps You Learn A Foreign Language As You Surf The Web
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2015/04/readlang-helps-you-learn-a-foreign-language-as-you-surf-the-web/

Best Apps To Learn Foreign Language: Duolingo, Babbel, Memrise, AnkiApp, Busuu, And More
http://www.techtimes.com/articles/52934/20150514/best-apps-to-learn-foreign-language-duolingo-babbel-memrise-anki-busuu-and-more.htm

Americans On Tumblr Are Trying To Find Out What A “Cheeky Nando’s” Is And Are Struggling
http://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/going-to-westfield-with-the-archbishop-of-banterbury#.xkKAJ6gRb

Ben Yagoda: ‘Cheeky Nando’s’
http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2015/05/27/cheeky-nandos/


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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 193: The Bilingual Advantage

Speaking another language is good for your brain — at least that’s what we’ve heard.

But some new research paints a less-positive picture. Should you learn another language? And how?

Linguist Daniel Midgley gets bilingual on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Dramatic decline in number of university students taking modern foreign languages
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/universityeducation/11412441/Dramatic-decline-in-number-of-university-students-taking-modern-foreign-languages.html

Only one in 65 new students chooses a modern language degree – we need a rethink
https://theconversation.com/only-one-in-65-new-students-chooses-a-modern-language-degree-we-need-a-rethink-37768

Americans are beginning to lose their love for foreign languages
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/02/19/americans-are-beginning-to-lose-their-love-for-foreign-languages/

Learning The Language
http://bcheights.com/opinions/2015/learning-language/

Facebook Is Cracking Down on Viral Hoaxes. Really.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2015/01/20/facebook_hoaxes_news_feed_changes_will_limit_false_news_stories.html

3 News defends use of Te Reo
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/266367/3-news-defends-use-of-te-reo

Kanoa Lloyd’s Te Reo stance wins plaudits
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/266391/te-reo-stance-wins-plaudits

NZ weather presenter hits back at criticism for using Maori language
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/02/18/nz-weather-presenter-hits-back-criticism-using-maori-language

100 Māori words every New Zealander should know
http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/culture/maori-language-week/100-maori-words

Learn about the structure of Te Reo, the Māori language
http://kupu.maori.nz

Bill Gates wishes he’d learned a language.
http://www.9news.com.au/technology/2015/01/29/13/17/bill-gates-reveals-his-biggest-regret-in-life

Here’s the Reddit AMA with Bill Gates
http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2tzjp7/hi_reddit_im_bill_gates_and_im_back_for_my_third/co3q0hr

Now Skype can translate for us, what’s the point in learning a language?
http://theconversation.com/now-skype-can-translate-for-us-whats-the-point-in-learning-a-language-35923

Is Bilingualism Really an Advantage?
http://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/bilingual-advantage-aging-brain

Ask a Linguist: Will bilingualism affect my child’s intelligence?
http://linguistlist.org/ask-ling/biling2.cfm

Bilingualism: consequences for mind and brain.
“This research shows that bilingualism has a somewhat muted effect in adulthood but a larger role in older age, protecting against cognitive decline, a concept known as ‘cognitive reserve’.”
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22464592

Learning a New Language Stimulates Same Pleasure Centres in the Brain as Sex and Chocolate
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/learning-new-language-stimulates-same-pleasure-centres-brain-sex-chocolate-1471766

The pleasure of learning new words
http://www.ub.edu/web/ub/en/menu_eines/noticies/2014/10/063.html

The Role of Reward in Word Learning and Its Implications for Language Acquisition
http://www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-9822(14)01207-X

Speaking More Than One Language Could Sharpen Your Brain
http://time.com/3581457/bilingual-brain-smart/

How learning a new language changes your brain – at any age
http://www.sciencealert.com/here-s-how-learning-a-new-language-changes-your-brain-at-any-age

Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young and old
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-11/ps-lli111214.php

“The fact that bilinguals are constantly practicing inhibitory control could also help explain why bilingualism appears to offer a protective advantage against Alzheimer’s and dementia, said Marian.”
http://www.psypost.org/2014/11/bilingual-brains-better-equipped-process-information-29490

Bilingualism changes children’s beliefs about the world around them
http://www.psypost.org/2015/01/bilingualism-changes-childrens-beliefs-world-around-30786

Saved by song: can singing improve your language skills?
http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/feb/11/singing-improve-language-skills-spanish-portuguese

The Benefits of Failing at French
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/16/opinion/16alexander.html

Hallo, hola, olá to the new, more powerful Google Translate app
http://googleblog.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/hallo-hola-ola-more-powerful-translate.html

Google’s translation app will soon turn speech into text on the fly
http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/11/google-translate-automatic-speech-to-text/

Google Updates Translate App With Instant Audio, Text Translation http://www.eweek.com/cloud/google-updates-translate-app-with-instant-audio-text-translation.html

404 page uses “up the boohai”. Very NZ.

RT: @sarasavage 10/10 to the @Te_Ara website for its heaps kiwi 404 Error message, lol pic.twitter.com/Z3ioE3iGin @talkrtr

— Grand Poobah Wagtail (@AngryWagtails) February 24, 2015

“Up the boohai”
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/boohai

¿Estos son Reebok o son Nike?


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