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Episode 309: How Linguistic Is Neuro-linguistic Programming?

Just how linguistic is neuro-linguistic programming, or NLP?

Some people think it can help you win friends and influence people. And a lot of people are making a lot of money from it. But what about its language claims?

Daniel and Kylie are taking a skeptical look on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Canada decides the F-word is not taboo for radio listeners’ ears
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/09/baise-moi-canada-decides-that-the-french-f-word-is-not-taboo-for-listeners-ears

Written Inuktitut to be standardized across Canada
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/written-inuktitut-standardized-1.4391689

Macrolanguage vs. Dialect
http://www.personal.psu.edu/ejp10/blogs/thinking/2008/04/macrolanguage-vs-dialect.html

Omniglot: Inuktitut (ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ)
https://www.omniglot.com/writing/inuktitut.htm

About Inuktitut
http://www.tusaalanga.ca/book/export/html/2203

Kenn Harper: Inuit Writing Systems in Nunavut: Issues and Challenges (PDF)
http://ipssas.ku.dk/publications/publindex2003/08_Harper.pdf

Skeptic’s Dictionary: neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)
http://skepdic.com/neurolin.html

Skeptoid: NLP: Neuro-linguistic Programming
https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4155

The truth about lying: it’s the hands that betray you, not the eyes
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/the-truth-about-lying-its-the-hands-that-betray-you-not-the-eyes-7936522.html

When people think they move their eyes
https://nlp-now.co.uk/nlp-eye-movement-clues/

NLP Mirroring and Matching Techniques
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/nlp-mirroring-matching-techniques-dr-lisa-christiansen/

NLP Technique: Mirroring
http://www.nlp-secrets.com/nlp-technique-mirroring.php

The Chameleon Effect as Social Glue: Evidence for the Evolutionary Significance of Nonconscious Mimicry
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1023%2FA%3A1025389814290?LI=true

Chartrand and Bargh (1999): The Chameleon Effect: The Perception-Behavior Link and Social Interaction (PDF)
https://faculty.fuqua.duke.edu/~tlc10/bio/TLC_articles/1999/Chartrand_Bargh_1999.pdf

Covert Hypnotic Seduction and NLP Language Examples
http://www.thenlpcompany.com/hypnotic-seduction/

NLP “discredited”
Google Books link

The Truth About the NLP Wikipedia Page
https://inlpcenter.org/nlp-wikipedia-page/

Asked “What Race Is Islam?” Lawmaker Replies, “What Race Is Dickhead?”
http://www.newsweek.com/racist-white-supremacist-australia-politician-calls-dickhead-708570

“What Race Is Islam?” Racist Asks. “What Race Is Dickhead?” Australian Lawmaker Replies.
https://theintercept.com/2017/11/09/race-islam-racist-asks-race-dickhead-australian-lawmaker-replies/

Christmas creep
http://www.macmillandictionary.com/buzzword/entries/Christmas-creep.html

Wedge: A Bucket Full Of Miracles
Google Books link

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Episode 302: Creoles 1 (featuring Damián Blasi)

How do Creole languages arise?

A controversial new paper is rocking the linguistic world. Are Creole languages different from other languages? How do they start? And what does this all mean about the human language ability?

Daniel Midgley speaks with author Damián Blasi on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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The Closing of a Great American Dialect Project
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-closing-of-a-great-american-dialect-project

Fieldwork Recordings—Dictionary Of American Regional English
https://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/collections/amerlangs/

Dictionary of Regional American English
http://dare.wisc.edu

Arthur the Rat
http://dare.wisc.edu/audio/arthur-the-rat

Browse 100 Sample Entries
https://www.daredictionary.com/page/100sampleentries

Humans learn complex grammatical patterns even in extremely challenging circumstances
https://phys.org/news/2017-09-humans-complex-grammatical-patterns-extremely.html

Grammatical patterns survive extreme social upheaval, study shows
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/09/05/Grammatical-patterns-survive-extreme-social-upheaval-study-shows/1281504626189/

Blasi et al.: Grammars are robustly transmitted even during the emergence of creole languages
Read-only link

Language Log: No creoles?
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=34340

New way don dey to prevent HIV
https://www.bbc.com/pidgin/world-41364083

Kim’s Rejoinder to Trump’s Rocket Man: ‘Mentally Deranged U.S. Dotard’
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/world/asia/kim-trump-rocketman-dotard.html

Kim Jong-un Called Trump a ‘Dotard.’ What Does That Even Mean?
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/22/world/asia/trump-north-korea-dotard.html

Kim Jong-Un Calling Trump A ‘Dotard’ Gave The Internet A Language Lesson
https://www.wired.com/story/kim-jong-un-trump-dotard/

Kim Jong Un just called Trump a ‘dotard’ — here’s what that means
https://www.businessinsider.com.au/what-does-dotard-mean-2017-9?r=US&IR=T

Where is ‘Nambia’? President Trump ‘invents’ African country
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-41345577

Trump Names Sarah Palin Ambassador to Nambia
https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/trump-names-sarah-palin-ambassador-to-nambia

Nambian covfefe
https://www.facebook.com/rtrfmtalkthetalk/posts/1917185944974855

#TakeAKnee: 5 Things To Know About NFL Players Protesting At Football Games
http://hollywoodlife.com/2017/09/23/what-is-take-a-knee-facts-nfl-players-protest-national-anthem/

Stevie Wonder joins #takeaknee protest against Trump’s attack on NFL players
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/sep/24/stevie-wonder-joins-takeaknee-protest-against-trumps-attack-on-nfl-players

John Legend, Diddy, Ed Asner, more react to Donald Trump’s attack on NFL player protests
https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2017/09/23/hollywood-takes-knee-best-reaction-donald-trumps-attack-nfl-player-protests/696666001/

Flipping the North Koreans off
https://iconicphotos.org/2010/10/01/flipping-the-north-koreans-off/

Korean is virtually two languages, and that’s a big problem for North Korean defectors
https://www.pri.org/stories/2015-05-19/korean-today-virtually-two-languages-and-thats-problem-north-korean-defectors

Wikipedia: North–South differences in the Korean language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North–South_differences_in_the_Korean_language


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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/

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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 283: Pun Intended (featuring Janani Krishnan-Jha and Hedvig Skirgård)

Puns. Some people love them, some people hate them.

But why do some people find puns so exasperating? And why do we make them anyway? What’s it like to be on the receiving end of a rapid-fire pun off?

Daniel and Kylie are going against the groan on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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The Great Language Game
https://greatlanguagegame.com

Paper: Why are some languages confused for others? Investigating data from the Great Language Game
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0165934

The great language game: Confusing languages
http://www.replicatedtypo.com/the-great-language-game-confusing-languages/7926.html

Linguistic and cultural knowledge affect whether languages are identified correctly
https://phys.org/news/2017-04-linguistic-cultural-knowledge-affect-languages.html

Linquest
https://www.languageininteraction.nl/lingquest.html

College Humour: Puns Intended
https://www.facebook.com/CollegeHumor/videos/vb.6363207806/10154267590532807/?type=3&theater

O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships
http://punoff.com

Watch Janani in action at the O. Henry Pun-off!

2016 O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships semi-final round (Janani Krishna-Jha vs Jerzy Gwiazdowski

John Pollack: The Pun Also Rises
http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/307465/the-pun-also-rises-by-john-pollack/9781592406753/

Linguistic Anarchy! It’s All Pun And Games Until Somebody Loses a Sign
https://daily.jstor.org/linguistic-anarchy-pun-games-somebody-loses-sign/

What is a pun?
http://www-01.sil.org/linguistics/glossaryoflinguisticterms/whatisapun.htm

Goodreads: Quotes About Puns
http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/puns

Monday Punday: A weekly game
http://mondaypunday.com/325

The Greatest Jokes Ever Told
http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/a35136/greatest-jokes-ever-told/

Tearable Puns
http://www.tearablepuns.org

Why Do Puns Make People Groan?
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/07/why-do-puns-make-people-groan/398252/

Meet the ‘Grammar Vigilante’ of Bristol
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39459831

The ‘Apostrophiser’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08kys4c

Who do you think you’re apostrophising? The dark side of grammar pedantry
https://theconversation.com/who-do-you-think-youre-apostrophising-the-dark-side-of-grammar-pedantry-75793

Are you a friendly language police?
https://educationallinguist.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/are-you-a-friendly-language-police/


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Episode 282: Why Subject First? (featuring Hedvig Skirgård)

This episode going to love you are!

Here’s a linguistic puzzle: Why does “I like you” sound okay, but “Like you I” sounds weird and Yoda-ish? Well, that’s just how English rolls: subjects come first. But surprisingly, most other human languages put their subjects first, too. But why?

Ben, Daniel, and Hedvig get structural on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Hedvig’s blog: Humans Who Read Grammars
http://humans-who-read-grammars.blogspot.com

Sarcasm looks the same in the brain whether it’s words or emoji
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/sarcasm-looks-same-brain-whether-its-words-or-emoji

Smiley Lore 🙂
https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~sef/sefSmiley.htm

Gender-neutral emoji approved for 2017
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/03/28/gender-neutral-emoji-approved-2017/

10 Important Conversations We Can Finally Have With the 69 New Emojis Just Announced
http://www.eonline.com/news/839141/10-important-conversations-we-can-finally-have-with-the-69-new-emojis-just-announced

This Year’s New Emoji Include a Hedgehog, Barf, and Brain, and, Yes, Finally, a Merman
http://nymag.com/selectall/2017/03/these-69-new-emoji-might-be-coming-to-your-phone-soon.html

Final 2017 Emoji List
http://blog.emojipedia.org/final-2017-emoji-list/

Reply All: #69 Disappeared (about YAAAS)
https://gimletmedia.com/episode/69-disappeared/

Feature 81A: Order of Subject, Object and Verb
http://wals.info/feature/81A#1/18/153

How to Understand the Deep Structures of Language
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-understand-the-deep-structures-of-language/

Charades reveals a universal sentence structure
https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn14228-charades-reveals-a-universal-sentence-structure/

At the origin of language structure
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/08/150827083532.htm

Charades does not reveal a universal sentence structure II
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=326

Why are some word orders more common than others? A uniform information density account
http://papers.nips.cc/paper/4085-why-are-some-word-orders-more-common-than-others-a-uniform-information-density-account.pdf

Political correctness: how the right invented a phantom enemy
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/30/political-correctness-how-the-right-invented-phantom-enemy-donald-trump


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Episode 279: Mailbag – Competitive Edition

We’re taking your questions on a Mailbag episode!

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

Daniel, Ben, and Kylie answer them all on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Episode 264: Spurious Etymologies (live at Camp Doogs)

With words, things are not always what they seem.

An etymology is a story about how a word or phrase got to be that way. How did your favourite phrases come about? Is it possible that the origins you’ve heard are not quite true? And how can you spot a fishy story?

Daniel, Ben, and Kylie are coming at you live for this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Pinjarra
http://www.boodjar.sis.uwa.edu.au/boodjar-placenames/Pinjarra

Pinjarup | Ethnologue
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/pnj

Google’s Quest To Design A Typeface For Every Language On Earth
https://www.fastcodesign.com/3064379/googles-quest-to-design-a-typeface-for-every-language-on-earth

Google Fonts: Noto Sans
https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Noto+Sans

What’s new in Unicode 9.0?
http://babelstone.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/whats-new-in-unicode-90.html

13912551_10153802558073527_633204098457369152_n

Good luck takes a reverse
http://www.news.com.au/national/good-luck-takes-a-reverse/story-e6frfkp9-1111118083194

Wiktionary: chock
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/chock#Etymology_1

List of common false etymologies of English words
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_common_false_etymologies_of_English_words

Was ‘tip’ formed from an acronym of ‘To Insure Promptness’?
http://www.snopes.com/language/acronyms/tip.asp

Folk etymology
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folk_etymology

The Word Detective: False etymologies
http://www.word-detective.com/2013/03/false-etymologies/

More about Break A Leg
http://www.theatrecrafts.com/pages/home/glossary-of-technical-theatre-terms/more-about-break-a-leg/

The Phrase Finder — a great resource.
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/b.html

Wiktionary: global weirding
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/global_weirding

Global Weirding Is Here – The New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/17/opinion/17friedman.html?_r=0

Global warming vs climate change
https://www.skepticalscience.com/print.php?r=326

Orthorexia: when healthy eating turns against you
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/sep/26/orthorexia-eating-disorder-clean-eating-dsm-miracle-foods

Orthorexia nervosa: when righteous eating becomes an obsession
https://theconversation.com/orthorexia-nervosa-when-righteous-eating-becomes-an-obsession-36484

Orthorexia nervosa – when healthy eating is no longer healthy
http://www.eufic.org/article/en/artid/orthorexia-nervosa/

Pete Evans is clueless about nutrition
http://scepticalnutritionist.com.au/?p=1523

Pete Evans slammed for ‘potentially damaging’ paleo diet advice to osteoporosis sufferer
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-29/pete-evans-slammed-for-advice-to-osteoporosis-sufferer/7793572

Doctor criticises chef Pete Evans for giving ‘potentially deadly’ diet advice
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/doctor-criticises-chef-pete-evans-for-giving-potentially-deadly-diet-advice-20160829-gr3ydb.html

Clean eating trend can be dangerous for young people, experts warn
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/oct/01/clean-eating-trend-dangerous-young-people-food-obsession-mental-health-experts

CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet online
http://www.csiro.au/en/Research/Health/CSIRO-diets/CSIRO-Total-Wellbeing-Diet-Online

The Butterfly Foundation
https://thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

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

Bully: A Vicious, Cowardly Word With a Long History
https://www.good.is/articles/the-history-of-the-word-bully


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Episode 262: Universal Grammar

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My table

sweary-units-of-measurement


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Episode 260: Promoting LOTE (featuring Annie Demosthenous)

Language learning is important. Loads of kids are taking languages other than English (or LOTE). Lots of people are teaching them.

But for all that, we’re just not learning them. So why not? Are we doing it wrong? Not starting early enough? Or is it the culture of language learning in English-speaking countries? More importantly, how do we fix it?

Language teacher Annie Demosthenous chats with Daniel, Ben, and Kylie on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Negative campaign: Votes sought for most disliked English word
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/aug/25/negative-campaign-votes-sought-for-most-disliked-english-word

Oxford Dictionaries’ campaign to find most hated English word scrapped
http://www.newkerala.com/news/2016/fullnews-111238.html

Now we’ll never know what the English language’s least favourite word is
http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2016/08/27/now-well-never-know-what-the-english-languages-least-favourite-word-is/

Offensive language ruins search for world’s worst word
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-37197699

#OneWordMap: mapping the world’s least favourite words
“Update: We regret to inform users that due to severe misuse we have had to remove this feature from our website.”
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2016/08/one-word-map-least-favourite-word/#

Part 1: Why LOTE is having trouble

Fewer students are taking languages
https://blogs.crikey.com.au/fullysic/2016/06/15/solve-australias-language-learning-crisis/

Schools are cutting back
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/diplomatic-tensions-as-italian-and-greek-phased-out-of-school-20160805-gqlwpf.html

It’s difficult to teach LOTE anyway, with students get 1 hour a week.
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/teachers-know-dripfed-languages-fail-to-take-hold-20121102-28pms.html

We don’t have a culture of language learning in English-speaking countries
http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Challenging-Australias-monolingual-mindset

What’s the big deal? Everyone speaks English
https://theconversation.com/why-native-english-speakers-fail-to-be-understood-in-english-and-lose-out-in-global-business-54436

Part 2: How to fix it

Should we be getting students to speak their home language (if they have one), instead of making everyone choose Indonesian or French?
https://theconversation.com/how-we-kill-languages-and-fail-our-cleverest-children-29137

How about dual-language programmes?
http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/dual-language-books-bridge-culture-language-for-english-learners-in-edmonton

How about language nests?
https://theconversation.com/language-nests-a-way-to-revive-indigenous-languages-at-risk-19824

Just making language learning compulsory?
https://theconversation.com/how-to-make-australia-more-bilingual-42609

What Is The Millennial Whoop? Once You Hear This Virulent Pop Hook You Won’t Be Able To Unhear It
http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/what-is-the-millennial-whoop-songs

“The Millennial Whoop”: The same annoying whooping sound is showing up in every popular song
http://qz.com/767812/millennial-whoop/

The Millennial Whoop: the melodic hook that’s taken over pop music
https://www.theguardian.com/music/shortcuts/2016/aug/30/millennial-whoop-pop-music

You might not know what the Millennial Whoop is but you have definitely heard it
http://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/16330/you-might-not-know-what-the-millennial-whoop-is-but-you-have-definitely-heard-it

The millennial whoop: the key to modern pop
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p046j43s

Best Classical Tunes: Search with a virtual piano
http://bestclassicaltunes.com/DictionaryPiano.aspx


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Episode 258: The Future of French (featuring Sophie Richard)

What’s going to happen to French?

We’re getting conflicting reports. While English-speaking pundits gloat over the decline in French influence, population shifts may see French becoming the next big thing. And French still has a lot of prestige. So what’s in French’s future?

Daniel, Ben, and Kylie speak with linguist Sophie Richard on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Iran’s language watchdog battles ‘Nutella Bars’
http://www.dailysabah.com/life/2016/08/20/irans-language-watchdog-battles-nutella-bars

Iran’s language watchdog targets Nutella Bars in fight against Westernisation
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-19/iran-language-watchdog-battles-nutella-bars/7767296

In Iran, ‘Pizza’ Now Known as ‘Elastic Loaves’
http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives/2006/07/elastic-loaves.html

Iranian Leader: ‘Pizza’ to Be Called ‘Elastic Loaves’ in Foreign Word Ban
http://www.foxnews.com/story/2006/07/29/iranian-leader-pizza-to-be-called-elastic-loaves-in-foreign-word-ban.html

Iran Launches a Holy War on the English Language
http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/05/09/iran-launches-a-holy-war-on-the-english-language/

Understanding Khamenei’s objection to increased use of the English language in Iran
http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/understanding-khamenei-s-objection-increased-use-english-language-iran-936032844

Let’s Stop Pretending That French Is an Important Language
https://newrepublic.com/article/116443/new-york-citys-french-dual-language-programs-are-mostly-pointless

Jeremy Paxman: French is a useless language and their achievements are ‘long past’
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/paxman-french-is-a-useless-language-and-their-achievements-are-long-past-a3220776.html

Zut alors, Jeremy Paxman! French isn’t a ‘useless’ language
https://theconversation.com/zut-alors-jeremy-paxman-french-isnt-a-useless-language-57990

French: Lingua Franca
http://www.ozy.com/acumen/french-lingua-franca/31780

Want To Know The Language Of The Future? The Data Suggests It Could Be…French
http://www.forbes.com/sites/pascalemmanuelgobry/2014/03/21/want-to-know-the-language-of-the-future-the-data-suggests-it-could-be-french/#5f24c13e3933

C’est impossible! French set to be the world’s most commonly spoken language by 2050 because of soaring population growth in sub-Saharan Africa
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3367012/C-est-impossible-French-course-world-s-commonly-spoken-language-2050.html

English is losing its status as the universal language of the Internet
http://www.techinsider.io/english-is-losing-its-status-as-the-universal-language-of-the-internet-heres-why-thats-a-good-thing-2015-12

Liège: le français est une des langues les plus enseignées au monde
https://www.rtbf.be/info/regions/liege/detail_liege-le-francais-est-une-des-langues-les-plus-enseignees-au-monde?id=9357228

Read The Full Text Of Hillary Clinton’s Speech On The Alt-Right
http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/hillary-clinton-speech-text_us_57bf4575e4b02673444f2307

Trump’s shock troops: Who are the ‘alt-right’?
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-37021991

Presidential Campaign Brings the Alt-Right Out of the Shadows
http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/presidential-campaign-brings-alt-right-out-shadows-n638396

New Democratic Ad Is Just People Reading Gross Breitbart Headlines, Because Breitbart Is Gross
http://wonkette.com/605845/new-democratic-ad-is-just-people-reading-gross-breitbart-headlines-because-breitbart-is-gross


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