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Episode 280: Contractions

They’ll, we’ve, you’re, and even ain’t.

This week, we’re having contractions, but not the muscular kind — the word kind! We squash words together all the time, but why? And how well can you recognise them?

Daniel, Kylie, and Ben are gonna find out on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

The Oxford comma: Do you or don’t you?
http://publishingresourceguide.com/writers-life/writing-ideas-inspiration/oxford-comma-yes-or-no

Oxford commas, Nelson Mandela, and Stephen King
https://stancarey.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/oxford-commas-nelson-mandela-and-stephen-king/

The Best Shots Fired in the Oxford Comma Wars
http://mentalfloss.com/article/33637/best-shots-fired-oxford-comma-wars

An Oxford comma changed this court case completely
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/15/health/oxford-comma-maine-court-case-trnd/index.html

A Missing Oxford Comma Just Changed the Course of a Court Case
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/missing-oxford-comma-just-changed-course-court-case-180962551/

Infographic: The Oxford comma debate
https://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/Infographic_The_Oxford_comma_debate_52369.aspx

Wikipedia: Contraction (grammar)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contraction_(grammar)

Major Trends in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics 1 (increased use of –n’t; interesting charts)
Google Books link

Amn’t
http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-amn1.htm

The Story of Ain’t
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=7100#more-7100

The Cockney and His Dialect
https://www.jstor.org/stable/534097?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

London dialect in Dickens
http://www.bl.uk/learning/timeline/item126779.html

Online Etymology Dictionary: won’t
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=won%27t

Why Does “Will Not” Become “Won’t”?
http://mentalfloss.com/article/55232/why-does-will-not-become-wont

Online Etymology Dictionary: contraction
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=contraction&searchmode=&p=3&allowed_in_frame=0

Word lengths are optimized for efficient communication
http://www.pnas.org/content/108/9/3526.long

Why “won’t” isn’t “willn’t”
http://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2013/03/wont-willnt.html

Throw Mama From the Train: Favorite Line
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c1sgug6prw

(principle of) least effort [Zipf’s Law]
https://www.thoughtco.com/principle-of-least-effort-zipfs-law-1691104

Understanding Zipf’s Law
http://david.pilato.fr/blog/2016/01/05/understanding-zipfs-law/

The mystery of Zipf
https://plus.maths.org/content/mystery-zipf

A mysterious law that predicts the size of the world’s biggest cities
http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-mysterious-law-that-governs-the-size-of-your-city-1479244159

Applying Zipf’s Law to galaxies
https://phys.org/news/2016-04-zipf-law-galaxies.html

Wikipedia: List of placeholder names by language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_placeholder_names_by_language

UD: doovalacky
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=doovalacky

MW: doohickey
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doohickey

Chuck Berry, rock ‘n’ roll icon, dead at 90
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-19/chuck-berry-rock-n-roll-icon-dies-aged-90/8367220

How Chuck Berry Wrote “Johnny B. Goode” and Created the First Rock and Roll Guitar Hero
http://www.guitarworld.com/artist-news/how-chuck-berry-wrote-johnny-b-goode-and-created-first-rock-and-roll-guitar-hero/30217

Sister Rosetta Tharpe Biography
http://www.biography.com/people/sister-rosetta-tharpe-17172332

Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Didn’t It Rain
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR2gR6SZC2M

Vapour Trails: Revisiting Shoegaze
https://www.xlr8r.com/features/2009/01/vapour-trails-revisiting-shoegaze/

List of rock genres
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rock_genres

Music Genres List
http://www.musicgenreslist.com

Our Least Favorite Genre Names
http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2012/01/28/145858309/our-least-favorite-genre-names

Can -core survive normcore?
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2014/04/can-core-survive-normcore/

Slutwave, Tumblr Rap, Rape Gaze: Obscure Musical Genres Explained
http://www.laweekly.com/music/slutwave-tumblr-rap-rape-gaze-obscure-musical-genres-explained-2409158

Eminem and The Beatles: The Top-Selling Artists of the 2000s
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/eminem-and-the-beatles-the-top-selling-artists-of-the-2000s-20091209

Google Ngram Viewer: on / in an island
Control-click the lines to make similar items collapse.


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Episode 269: Mailbag Episode

You asked. We answer.

Why do we talk the way we do? Where do our words and phrases come from? And why are they sometimes so very strange?

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


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Show notes

The Word Detective: Go Bananas
http://www.word-detective.com/2015/04/go-bananas/

The mystery of “going bananas.”
http://discovolonte.typepad.com/discovolonte/2007/12/the-mystery-of.html

First instance of “cool bananas”
Google Books link

Oxford Dictionaries: What is the origin of ‘banana’?
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2014/08/origin-banana/

Why are し/ち transliterated as ‘shi’/’chi’, and not ‘si’/’ti’?
http://japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/19807/why-are-し-ち-transliterated-as-shi-chi-and-not-si-ti

The photo:

Grammarist: Lieutenant
http://grammarist.com/spelling/lieutenant/

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

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

Sorry, it was Roman Jakobsen, not Otto Jespersen who said “Languages differ essentially in what they must convey and not in what they may convey.”
http://www.economist.com/blogs/johnson/2010/09/language_and_thought

Wikipedia: Elizabeth (given name)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_(given_name)

Lindsay Lohan Explains Her Unusual New Accent
http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2016/11/lindsay-lohan-new-accent-explanation

Ecosexuals Believe Having Sex with the Earth Could Save It
http://www.vice.com/read/ecosexuals-believe-having-sex-with-the-earth-could-save-it

Ecosexual Bathhouse at Melbourne’s botanic gardens arousing interest in the environment
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-10/ecosexual-bathhouse-in-next-wave-arts-festival/7396720

You Can Literally Have Sex with the Environment in This ‘Ecosexual Bathhouse’
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/you-can-literally-have-sex-with-the-environment-in-this-ecosexual-bathhouse

On Otherkin and Trans People
https://thingofthings.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/otherkin-are-not-harming-the-trans-movement/

Otherkin
https://www.otherkincommunity.org/wiki/Otherkin#Awakening

Otherkin Are People Too; They Just Identify as Nonhuman
http://www.vice.com/read/from-dragons-to-foxes-the-otherkin-community-believes-you-can-be-whatever-you-want-to-be

“Compersion: A Polyamorous Principle That Can Strengthen Any Relationship.” And the word’s origin.
http://polyinthemedia.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/compersion-polyamorous-principle-that.html

How do you pronounce debut?
https://www.macquariedictionary.com.au/news/view/editor/article/173/


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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 245: Language Fact or Fiction?

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1976: playing the nationalist card
Soviet-American Regional Competition

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


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Episode 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 235: Worst Words (featuring Don Watson)

Are our vocabularies shrinking? Is bureaucratic double-talk a sinister form of code designed to short-circuit original thought?

Author Don Watson thinks so, and explains why in his latest book Worst Words. But how does his view stack up to language science?

Don Watson goes head to head with linguist Daniel Midgley on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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UNESCO: International Mother Language Day
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/international-mother-language-day-2016/

Language in school: If you don’t understand, how can you learn
https://efareport.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/language-in-school-if-you-dont-understand-how-can-you-learn/

‘40% have no access to education in own language’
http://en.prothom-alo.com/international/news/95665/‘40%25-have-no-access-to-education-in-own-language’

Aboriginal minister Bess Price denied request to speak Indigenous language in NT Parliament
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-18/nt-warlpiri-minister-denied-request-to-speak-indigenous-language/7178298

Minister Chastised For Speaking Indigenous Language On Indigenous Land.
http://www.sbs.com.au/comedy/article/2016/02/19/minister-chastised-speaking-indigenous-language-indigenous-land

Worst Words: A compendium of contemporary cant, gibberish and jargon
http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/don-watson/watsons-word-wisdom-9780857983442.aspx

Don Watson on the warpath against Worst Words
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/don-watson-on-the-warpath-against-worst-words/news-story/3d997f3c60acfd8fd69aa8e65236a08d

Worst Words review: Don Watson fires up on howlers, expressions and bad language
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/worst-words-review-don-watson-fires-up-on-howlers-expressions-and-bad-language-20151207-glh17i.html

Late Night Live: Don Watson’s worst words
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/don/6948354

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

Does the average American student have less vocabulary today than in days gone by?
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2724/does-the-average-american-student-have-less-vocabulary-today-than-in-days-gone-by

Vocabulary Test Results Show Top U.S. Students Losing Ground, Others Stagnate
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/06/vocabulary-test-results-us_n_2249647.html

Fast-growing tumbleweed called hairy panic blows into Australian city
http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/feb/18/fast-growing-tumbleweed-called-hairy-panic-blows-into-australian-city

Comment: Are ‘frolleagues’ replacing our friends?
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/02/18/comment-are-frolleagues-replacing-our-friends

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

Groucho Marx: “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/g/grouchomar146422.html

From Monica: Copywriting Fundamentals: How to Write in Plain English
http://thecopycollective.com/copywriting-fundamentals-how-to-write-in-plain-english/


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Episode 225: Shakespeare in Translation 1 (featuring Lue Douthit)

Shakespeare’s plays have been with us for 400 years. Is it time for an update?

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has commissioned all the Bard’s plays to be translated into contemporary English. How will this work? And what’s the reaction?

Oregon Shakespeare Festival director Lue Douthit talks to linguist Daniel Midgley on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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What a Mass Exodus at a Linguistics Journal Means for Scholarly Publishing
http://chronicle.com/article/What-a-Mass-Exodus-at-a/234066

Clarifying a few facts for Elsevier and their response to Lingua
https://www.martineve.com/2015/11/05/clarifying-a-few-facts-for-elsevier-and-their-response-to-lingua/

Language Log: Lingua is dead. Long live Glossa!
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=22162

MIT: Open Access FAQ
https://libraries.mit.edu/scholarly/mit-open-access/general-information-about-open-access/open-access-faq/

Wikipedia: Washington Redskins name controversy
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Redskins_name_controversy

Redskins Cite Protected Products With Controversial Language in Trademark Appeal
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2585622-redskins-cite-protected-products-with-controversial-language-in-trademark-appeal

Obama again urges Redskins name change
http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2015/11/06/obama-washington-redskins-adidas-tribal-nations-conference/75281088/

Obama suggests Adidas help Redskins change name
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/nov/5/obama-suggests-adidas-help-redskins-change-name/

California bans use of “Redskins” name
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/10/11/california-bans-use-of-redskins-name/

Spokane Indians Change Jerseys to Salish Language
http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/10/12/spokane-indians-change-jerseys-salish-language-162046

Spokane Indians’ New Uniforms Have Team Name in Native Spokane Salish Language
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spokane-indians-new-uniforms-have-team-name-native-spokane-salish-language-180950168/?no-ist

Spokane Indians baseball uniforms sport Salish word
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/mar/16/spokane-indians-baseball-players-uniforms-sport/

Wikipedia: Salish-Spokane-Kalispel language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salish-Spokane-Kalispel_language

William Shakespeare’s Plays to Be “Translated” into Modern English http://playbill.com/news/article/william-shakespeares-plays-to-be-translated-into-modern-english-364393

Oregon Shakespeare Festival: About Us
https://www.osfashland.org/en/experience-osf/education/about-us.aspx

A Facelift for Shakespeare
http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-facelift-for-shakespeare-1443194924

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Launches Shakespeare Translation Project
http://www.americantheatre.org/2015/09/30/oregon-shakespeare-festival-launches-shakespeare-translation-project/

What Can Be Done About the Incomprehensibility of Shakespeare?
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/put-differently/92750/shakespeare-as-you-like-it-language

O Romeo, Romeo, What The Heck Are You Saying?
http://www.npr.org/2015/10/17/449270557/o-romeo-romeo-what-the-heck-are-you-saying

Does ‘translating’ Shakespeare into modern English diminish its greatness?
https://theconversation.com/does-translating-shakespeare-into-modern-english-diminish-its-greatness-48297

David Marcus from the Federalist: Are We Too Dumb For Shakespeare?
http://thefederalist.com/2015/11/02/are-we-too-dumb-for-shakespeare/

Fresh Shakespeare from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
http://www.orartswatch.org/fresh-shakespeare-from-the-oregon-shakespeare-festival/

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

Five Reasons Why People Code-Switch
http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2013/04/13/177126294/five-reasons-why-people-code-switch

“Many a mickle makes a muckle” or something.
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/mickle


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Episode 209: Typography

Typography is more than just font design.

It affects informational readability — and at times, credibility. It’s contributed terms to our language. And sometimes, there are stories of intrigue hidden in its past.

Linguist Daniel Midgley is the font of all knowledge on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Alex Poole: Which Are More Legible: Serif or Sans Serif Typefaces?
http://alexpoole.info/blog/which-are-more-legible-serif-or-sans-serif-typefaces/

12 words you need to ban from your vocabulary to be a better ally
http://mashable.com/2015/06/04/ally-vocabulary-banned-words/

UMD Study Concludes Parents Mixing Languages has No Impact on Children’s Language Development
http://www.umdrightnow.umd.edu/news/umd-study-concludes-parents-mixing-languages-has-no-impact-childrens-language-development

Hermann Zapf: “Typography is two-dimensional architecture…”
https://sharonmcteir.wordpress.com/2010/06/17/quotation-by-hermann-zapf/

Video: “The Art of Hermann Zapf”, made for Hallmark Cards circa 1967.

Typography Quotations
http://desktoppub.about.com/od/typography/a/Typography_Quotations.htm

Daniel’s Page of Fontery
http://www.goodreasonblog.com/p/fontery.html

Straight Dope: What’s the origin of the expression “mind your P’s and Q’s”?
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/761/whats-the-origin-of-the-expression-mind-your-ps-and-qs

What is the origin of the terms “upper case” and “lower case” for capital and small letters?
http://www.funtrivia.com/askft/Question84960.html

Wikipedia: Letter case
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letter_case

What’s The Difference Between A Font And A Typeface?
http://www.fastcodesign.com/3028971/whats-the-difference-between-a-font-and-a-typeface

10 typography terms that every designer needs to know
http://www.creativebloq.com/typography/terms-designer-needs-know-111112

The fight over the Doves
http://www.economist.com/news/christmas-specials/21591793-legendary-typeface-gets-second-life-fight-over-doves

Lost typeface printing blocks found in river Thames
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31188255?SThisFB

The Gorgeous Typeface That Drove Men Mad and Sparked a 100-Year Mystery
http://gizmodo.com/the-gorgeous-typeface-that-drove-men-mad-and-sparked-a-1686081182

The Doves Type™ revival
http://www.typespec.co.uk/doves-type-revival/

Doves Type specimen sheet (PDF)
http://typespec.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Doves-Type-specimen-2015-v22.pdf

How Typefaces Influence Perception and Persuasion
http://www.mdgadvertising.com/blog/how-typefaces-influence-perception-and-persuasion/

Errol Morris: How Typography Shapes Our Perception Of Truth
http://www.fastcodesign.com/3046365/errol-morris-how-typography-shapes-our-perception-of-truth

Are Some Fonts More Believable Than Others?
http://www.fastcodesign.com/1670556/are-some-fonts-more-believable-than-others

Errol Morris: Hear, All Ye People; Hearken, O Earth (Part 1)
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/08/hear-all-ye-people-hearken-o-earth/?_r=1

How typeface influences the way we read and think
http://theweek.com/articles/463196/how-typeface-influences-way-read-think

When Typography Speaks Louder Than Words
http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2012/04/13/when-typography-speaks-louder-than-words/

5 Psychology Studies That Tell Us How People Perceive Visual Information
http://piktochart.com/5-psychology-studies-that-tell-us-how-people-perceive-visual-information/

CERN scientists inexplicably present Higgs boson findings in Comic Sans
http://www.theverge.com/2012/7/4/3136652/cern-scientists-comic-sans-higgs-boson

Yuccie: The hipster is dead, and you might not like who comes next
http://mashable.com/2015/06/09/post-hipster-yuccie/

Wikipedia: Autological words are words whose form have something to do with what the word means.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autological_word

Merriam-Webster: boustrophedon
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boustrophedon

howjsay: boustrophedon
http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=boustrophedon

A.Word.A.Day
http://www.wordsmith.org/words/boustrophedon.html

How to Pronounce Boustrophedon (wrongly)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvaK1tYc3OU

@talkrtr @benainslie @RTRFM Here’s a disturbing “typeface based on the grasping limbs of submarine creatures”: https://t.co/mPsY4RUOXd

— Darin Flynn (@darin_flynn) June 15, 2015


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Episode 205: Lost Writing

The written word lasts longer than speech, at least in principle.

But what happens when a writing system is lost in the mist of history? Lost writing can be deciphered, but these scripts have resisted all attempts.

Linguist Daniel Midgley makes it clear on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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NoForbiddenQuestions raises the Talk Signal

— NoForbiddenQuestions (@NFQblog) May 18, 2015

The venereal game
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1113761/

The Venereal Game: or, You Don’t Have a Dirty Mind, Do You…?
https://newsoutherngentleman.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/the-venereal-game-or-you-dont-have-a-dirty-mind-do-you/

50 Collective Nouns to Bolster Your Vocabulary
http://mentalfloss.com/article/33580/50-collective-nouns-bolster-your-vocabulary

Wikipedia: List of English terms of venery, by animal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_terms_of_venery,_by_animal

Oxford Dictionaries: What do you call a group of …?
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/what-do-you-call-a-group-of

Lehrer, 1986: English Classifier Constructions (PDF)
http://semantics.uchicago.edu/kennedy/classes/f11/na/docs/lehrer86.pdf

About waters and coffees: This countable/non-countabe thing is kind of recent.
Junichi Toyota: When the Mass Was Counted: English as Classifier and Non-Classifier Language (PDF)
http://www.skase.sk/Volumes/JTL13/pdf_doc/07.pdf

Twitter announces crackdown on abuse with new filter and tighter rules
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/21/twitter-filter-notifications-for-all-accounts-abuse

Women, Action, and the Media: Twitter’s Abuse Problem: Now With Actual Solutions And Science
http://womenactionmedia.org/twitter-report/

Twitter’s new anti-harassment filter screens out online trolls and abuse
http://www.theage.com.au/comment/twitters-new-antiharassment-filter-screens-out-online-trolls-and-abuse-20150401-1mcjym.html

How Twitter’s New Abuse Filter Could Backfire
http://readwrite.com/2015/04/23/twitter-abuse-filter-backfire

Here’s how Twitter is finally attempting to cut down on harassment
http://bgr.com/2015/03/24/twitter-harassment-policy-feature/

Arika Okrent: 7 Ancient Writing Systems That Haven’t Been Deciphered Yet
http://mentalfloss.com/article/12884/7-ancient-writing-systems-havent-been-deciphered-yet

Omniglot: Undeciphered scripts
http://www.omniglot.com/writing/undeciphered.htm

Old European / Vinča / Danube script
http://www.omniglot.com/writing/vinca.htm

More about Vinča script
http://www.prehistory.it/ftp/winn.htm

Wikipedia: Phaistos Disc
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phaistos_Disc

Huffington Post: Scientists Finally Crack The Code Of The Ancient ‘Phaistos Disk’
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/28/ancient-cd-rom-phaistos-disk-code_n_6055178.html

Omniglot: Linear A
http://www.omniglot.com/writing/lineara.htm

Ancient Scripts: Linear A
http://www.ancientscripts.com/lineara.html

Omniglot: Linear B
http://www.omniglot.com/writing/linearb.htm

Riddle of the script: how the world’s most fiendish language puzzle was solved
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/10158135/Riddle-of-the-script-how-the-worlds-most-fiendish-language-puzzle-was-solved.html

Why Girls Love The Dad Bod
http://theodysseyonline.com/clemson/dad-bod/97484

The “Dad Bod” Is In At The Moment And We Couldn’t Be Happier About It
http://www.theladbible.com/articles/the-dad-bod-is-in-at-the-moment-and-we-couldn-t-be-happier-about-it

Give me an easy-going ‘dad bod’ any day
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/17/vain-preening-men-versus-dad-bods-no-contest

The Dadbod: Why beer guts are hotter than 6-packs
http://www.cbc.ca/news/trending/the-dadbod-why-beer-guts-are-hotter-than-6-packs-1.3058032

We need to talk about the Dad Bod
http://www.dailylife.com.au/news-and-views/dl-opinion/we-need-to-talk-about-the-dad-bod-20150504-ggu0wc.html

The Real Problem With The Dad Bod Trend
http://elitedaily.com/life/problem-dad-bod-trend/1024023/

‘Dad Bod’ Is a Sexist Atrocity
http://time.com/3846828/dad-bod-is-a-sexist-atrocity/

Kristin Schaal on the Daily Show: ‘Dad Bod’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRcrHP4xmlg


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Episode 203: Modern Australian Usage (featuring Nicholas Hudson)

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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