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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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Show notes

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 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 250: Comma Sutra (featuring Louisa Fitzhardinge)

The Talk the Talk team is taking a break, but Daniel jumped at the chance to speak to Louisa Fitzhardinge, whose new comedy show ‘Comma Sutra’ looks at the lighter side of the use — and misuse — of grammar.

But linguists and self-described grammar mavens don’t always get along. Is concern for good grammar necessary, or does it lead to linguistic discrimination?


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Louisa Fitzhardinge: News
http://www.louisafitzhardinge.com/#!news/ur1ar


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Episode 247: Singlish (featuring Sean Yeo)

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The ‘Speak Good English Movement’
Google Books Link

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Singlish Dictionary
http://www.singlishdictionary.com

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


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Episode 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 223: Mailbag

You have questions, and we have answers.

But in the process we find out more about how English works, and how it got to be the way it is.

Daniel and Ben empty out the mailbag on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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This map shows the weird names Americans have given the night before Halloween
http://qz.com/289469/this-map-shows-the-weird-names-americans-have-given-the-night-before-halloween/

What do you call the night before Halloween?
http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/staticmaps/q_110.html

Gate night: Kids used to unhinge farmers’ gates
http://www.livescience.com/5149-devil-night-history-pre-halloween-pranks.html

Goosey Night
https://offeringstone.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/whats-goosey-night/

Dialect Blog: Halloween!
http://dialectblog.com/2011/10/31/halloween/

RationalWiki: Jesusween
http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Jesusween

The Pitfalls of Using Google Ngram to Study Language
http://www.wired.com/2015/10/pitfalls-of-studying-language-with-google-ngram/

Characterizing the Google Books Corpus: Strong Limits to Inferences of Socio-Cultural and Linguistic Evolution
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0137041

When OCR Goes Bad: Google’s Ngram Viewer & The F-Word
http://searchengineland.com/when-ocr-goes-bad-googles-ngram-viewer-the-f-word-59181

Syntax in Cambridge History of the English Language
https://books.google.com/books?id=NxHuNOvwt7wC&lpg=PP1&dq=cambridge%20history%20of%20the%20english%20language%20volume%203&pg=PA248#v=onepage&q=%22am%20not%20I%22&f=false

Etymology: mucho
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/mucho#Spanish

Etymology: much
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=much

Etymology: good
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=good

Etymology: god
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=god

15 Pairs of Words That Seem Etymologically Related, But Aren’t
http://mentalfloss.com/article/61678/15-pairs-words-seem-etymologically-related-arent

Arika Okrent announced as winner of LSA Linguistics Journalism Award
http://www.linguisticsociety.org/news/2015/10/22/arika-okrent-announced-winner-lsa-linguistics-journalism-award

New guidelines aimed at reducing gender stereotyping in schools
http://www.itv.com/news/2015-10-18/schools-to-be-sent-guidelines-on-reducing-use-of-sexist-terms/

This is where the expression ‘throw shade’ comes from
http://www.businessinsider.com.au/where-the-expression-throw-shade-comes-from-2015-3

Urban Dictionary: throw shade
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=throw+shade

Go Ahead and Throw All the Shade You Want, Straight People
http://gawker.com/5980303/go-ahead-and-throw-all-the-shade-you-want-straight-people

How to Throw Shade
http://www.stuffmomnevertoldyou.com/blog/how-to-throw-shade/

Grant Barrett: throw shade
http://www.waywordradio.org/throw_shade/

Norwegians Are Literally Using ‘Texas’ As Slang for ‘Crazy’ Now
http://www.alternet.org/culture/norwegians-are-literally-using-texas-slang-crazy-now

How ‘Texas’ became Norwegian for ‘crazy’
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/10/26/how-texas-became-norwegian-for-crazy/

Norwegians use “Texas” as a synonym for “crazy”
http://qz.com/531921/norwegians-use-texas-as-a-synonym-for-crazy/

Why do Norwegians use ‘texas’ to mean ‘crazy’?
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34622478

Vegard Vigerust: “The Boy Who Wanted to Buy Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation”
“Would he make it even more texas in the village?”.
“Ville han laga enda meir texas i bygda?”
https://books.google.com/books?id=_f9EAAAAIAAJ&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=Texas

Etymonline: Ass
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=ass

Etymonline: Arse
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=arse


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Episode 202: Lying

Everyone lies.

But what is lying? And can you tell when someone’s doing it? Researchers are using computers to catch us in the act.

Linguist Daniel Midgley tells the whole truth on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Are Melburnians mangling the language?
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/04/20/are-melburnians-mangling-language

What are mergers? A slide presentation
http://www.bu.edu/isle/files/2011/07/Warren-Maguire-Lynn-Clark-Kevin-Watson-What-are-mergers.pdf

The pin-pen merger
http://dialectblog.com/2011/04/17/pin-pen-merger/

The cot-caught merger
http://dialectblog.com/2011/03/08/the-cot-caught-merger/

Mergers, with maps
http://www.ling.upenn.edu/phono_atlas/maps/Map1.html

Explainer: Why has the word genocide become such a controversial term?
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/04/24/explainer-why-has-word-genocide-become-such-controversial-term

Germany Close to Recognizing Armenian Massacres as Genocide
http://www.wsj.com/articles/germany-close-to-recognizing-armenian-massacres-as-genocide-1429872387

Obama should say “genocide” when he talks about what happened to Armenians
http://qz.com/390847/its-embarrassing-that-obama-wont-say-genocide-when-talking-about-armenia/

Press Release : FA Minister Julie Bishop: “Events Of 1915 Are Not ‘Genocide’”
http://www.ata-a.org.au/press-release-fa-minister-julie-bishop-events-of-1915-are-not-genocide/

Robertson urges Australia to recognise Armenian ‘genocide’
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/04/24/robertson-urges-australia-recognise-armenian-genocide

The Truth About Lie Detection in Ancient and Modern Times
http://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends/truth-about-lie-detection-ancient-and-modern-times-002125

How does a lie detector (polygraph) work?
http://science.howstuffworks.com/question123.htm

Mythbusters: Beat A Lie Detection Test
http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/mythbusters-database/beat-lie-detection-test/

There’s no evidence that polygraphs work.
http://skepdic.com/polygrap.html

How to Pass a Lie Detector Test (Whether You’re Lying or Not)
http://www.livescience.com/33512-pass-lie-detector-polygraph.html

Jeff Hancock’s TED talk
http://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_hancock_3_types_of_digital_lies

Mihalcea & Strapparava (2009). The Lie Detector: Explorations in the Automatic Recognition of Deceptive Language (PDF)
https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/P/P09/P09-2078.pdf

Feng et al. (2012). Syntactic Stylometry for Deception Detection (PDF)
http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/P12-2034

Elkins et al. (2012). The Voice and Eye Gaze Behavior of an Imposter: Automated Interviewing and Detection for Rapid Screening at the Border
http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W12-0408

The two words lie are completely unrelated. Words can converge.
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=lie

Etymology of ‘lest’
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=lest

Howard Manns: Lest we forget lest: Anzac and the language of remembrance
http://monash.edu/news/show/lest-we-forget-lest-anzac-and-the-language-of-remembrance


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Find the tracks we play on the RTRFM webpage for this episode.

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Episode 184: We Do Language (featuring Anne Charity Hudley)

There’s more than one way to speak English.

But too often, kids who speak other varieties of English find themselves on the wrong side of their teachers. How can educators — and everyone else — avoid linguistic discrimination and value the different kinds of English all around us?

Daniel Midgley speaks with author and educator Anne Charity Hudley on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Promo with James Hall


Show notes

Turning on spell check made good spellers worse.
http://www.education.com/magazine/article/spell_check/

Spell checkers aren’t normally sensitive to context.
http://blog.dictionary.com/autocorrect/

But Google Docs is. Try some of our sentences yourself.
https://docs.google.com

The Facebook group for the 2014 Indigenous Language Challenge
https://www.facebook.com/groups/539092832857899/

Forget Ice Water, Take the Indigenous Language Challenge Instead
https://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/11/12/forget-ice-water-take-the-indigenous-language-challenge-instead/

About the Indigenous Language Challenge
http://www.ourlanguages.net.au/news/international/item/1190-the-indigenous-language-challenge.html

Which English You Speak Has Nothing to Do With How Smart You Are
http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2014/10/14/english_variation_not_related_to_intelligence_code_switching_and_other_ways.html

We Do Language: English Language Variation in the Secondary English Classroom
http://charityhudleymallinson.com/wdl/

Audio from Language in Baltimore: “As you listen, you’ll hear the teachers talk about how learning about language variation positively affected their teaching practices and their relationships with their students, and how they have gained the information and confidence to be able to work more effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse students in their classrooms.  You’ll also hear the creative and insightful strategies and practices that the teachers have used in their classrooms to engage with their students and to support linguistically informed teaching.”
http://baltimorelanguage.com/language-variation-in-the-classroom-podcast/

Video from Christine Mallinson: Language variation professional development
http://youtu.be/tHmDm56Irbk

Anti-bullying movement to define “upstanders” has meaning
http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/sports/high-school/football/2014/11/10/sayreville-football-upstander-bullying-dictionary-definition/18823149/

Sign the Change.org petition
https://www.change.org/p/oxford-dictionary-define-the-word-upstander

Ships in the Night 7, featuring Daniel
https://www.facebook.com/shipsnight


Show tunes

‘Many Ways’ by Bombay Bicycle Club
from the album Flaws

‘Sit Down, Stand Up (Snakes and Ladders)’ by Radiohead
from the album Hail to the Thief

Episode 181: Is Aussie Slang Dying out?

Is Australian slang carking it? Dying, that is.

One lexicographer is seeing fewer Aussie terms than ever in contemporary slang. Words are always going in and out of fashion, but if the Aussie lingo is changing, can we see what it’s changing into?

Linguist Daniel Midgley gives it a burl on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Promo with Kylie Sturgess


Show notes

How arbitrary is language? English words structured to help kids learn
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/08/140813103503.htm
http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/news/articles/2014/how-arbitrary-is-language/

The paper itself
http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/369/1651/20130299

Linguists Tony Thorne and John Hajek say Australian slang is not what it used to be
http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/linguists-tony-thorne-and-john-hajek-say-australian-slang-is-not-what-it-used-to-be/story-fneszs56-1226955247201

The Dictionary of Contemporary Slang
http://www.bloomsbury.com/au/dictionary-of-contemporary-slang-9781408181799/

“nose to the grindstone”
http://www.worldwidewords.org/articles/miller.htm

Here is a list of Australian slang. If you’re Australian, here is a list comprised partly of normal words, and partly of quaint parochialisms.
http://www.goingrank.com.au/glossary.html

The rise and fall of Australian slang
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27805070

Or are Australians taking themselves more seriously?
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/26/is-aussie-slang-dying-out

Reasons some Australians give for not using slang.
http://books.google.com.au/books?id=1RORfbdKk-8C&lpg=PP1&dq=mccrindle%20word%20up&pg=PA68#v=onepage&q=unsophisticated&f=false

Ben was curious about the proportion of workers in various sectors. The stats show that people in the production sector have diminished a lot since 1966, and service industries way up.
http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/2f762f95845417aeca25706c00834efa/828adb6574d4875bca2570ec001b1f52!OpenDocument

Rob Pensalfini thinks we should be looking to marginalised communities for our new slang.
http://theconversation.com/aussie-slang-is-as-diverse-as-australia-itself-27973

Many Australian slang words are actually British or Irish.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_English_vocabulary#Words_of_British_and_Irish_origin

Like ‘bludger’
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bludger

Vale comes from Latin ‘valeo’
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/vale#Etymology_2

It’s related to value, valor, and valiant.
http://verbosum.blogspot.com.au/2011/07/verbum-hodiernum-valde.html

RIP for ‘Rest in Peace’ (or requiēscat in pāce) seems more informal, and used for people known to the speaker.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rest_in_peace


Show tunes

‘Love’ by Hamjam
from the EP Love
Link

‘She Fell into a Safe Pair of Hands’ by Split Seconds
from the album Neil Young and Dumb
Link

Episode 180: Bad English (featuring Ammon Shea)

Are you annoyed by grammar purists?

Do prescriptive pedants pester you with trivial issues of usage?

What you need is some ammunition for fighting back. And it’s here, in the new book ‘Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation’.

Linguist Daniel Midgley talks with author Ammon Shea on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Promo with Chris Wheeldon


Show notes

Linguists decry accent contest
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2014/10/04/Linguists-decry-accent-contest-n-at/stories/201410030201

What’s Wrong With “America’s Ugliest Accent”
http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2014/10/02/america_s_ugliest_accent_what_s_wrong_with_gawker_s_tournament.html

Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation by Ammon Shea
http://www.penguin.com.au/contributors/6040/ammon-shea

Ammon’s article in The Week
http://theweek.com/article/index/263113/a-brief-history-of-linguistic-aggravation

Ammon Shea’s website
http://www.ammon-shea.com

What is the ‘shirtfront’ Tony Abbott wants to give to Vladimir Putin?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-14/shirtfront-tony-abbott-vladimir-putin-g20/5811502

Russian official mocks Tony Abbott after threat to ‘shirt-front’ Vladimir Putin
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/russian-official-mocks-tony-abbott-after-threat-to-shirtfront-vladimir-putin-20141014-115pp0.html

buttonhole
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/buttonhole

Buttonhole was originally buttonhold.
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=Buttonhole

“When fashion decreed that upper buttons be eliminated, button-holders didn’t suddenly reform. Instead they began grabbing people by the buttonholes (that) designers, for no good reason, left on the lapels and the phrase became to buttonhole.”
http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/6/messages/68.html

The French have the same expression: Serrer le bouton de quelqu’un.
http://www.bartleby.com/81/2731.html


Show tunes

‘Bad Kingdom’ by Moderat
from the album II

‘Take Off Your Shirt’ by Bibio
from the album Mind Bokeh

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