The Vocal Fries
About the Show
The podcast about linguistic discrimination. Learn about how we judge other people's speech as a sneaky way to be racist, sexist, classist, etc. Carrie and Megan teach you how to stop being an accidental jerk.
Episode 8: Borderlands/La frontera
November 12th, 2017
1 hr 20 mins
alberto rios, arizona, border, discrimination, language, lingusitics, poetry, science, vocal fry
Carrie and Megan chat with award-winning Chicano Poet Alberto Álvaro Ríos about living on the border between the US and Mexico and between English and Spanish.
Episode 7: Freaky Fryday
October 29th, 2017
35 mins 5 secs
discrimination, halloween, language, lingusitics, occult, science, superstitions
Megan and Carrie chat about superstitions, special numbers and the real meaning of 'witch hunt', all while (mis?)pronouncing triskaidekaphobia. It's the spookiest episode yet!
Episode 6: A Sirious Problem
October 15th, 2017
39 mins 55 secs
ai, alexa, artificial intelligence, automatic speech recognition, discrimination, language, lingusitics, science, siri, speech recognition
Do Siri or Alexa have problems understanding you? Learn why, with Carrie and Megan. They talk to Dr. Rachael Tatman about Automatic Speech Recognition (the technology responsible for Siri and Alexa) and why it might be as biased as humans are.
Episode 5: On the Rez
October 1st, 2017
42 mins 26 secs
canada, discrimination, first nations, language, lingusitics, rez english, science, squamish
Megan and Carrie interview Dr. Peter Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University, where he works on language revitalization. They talk about Rez English(es) (the varieties of English spoken on reserves/reservations), indigenous languages of the United States and Canada, and language revitalization.
Episode 4: Grammar Not-zi
September 17th, 2017
41 mins 41 secs
discrimination, grammar, language, lingusitics, prescriptivism, science
Carrie and Megan talk about prescriptive grammar, grammar peeving, and how most of the rules you were taught about English were made up by a few white dudes way back when. Turns out, prescriptivism is racist, classist, and ableist, and enforcing these rules kinda make you a jerk. They also discuss how they had been trained in high school to be prescriptivists, and how linguistics helped them become less biased.
Episode 3: Southern Fried
September 4th, 2017
39 mins 4 secs
discrimination, language, lingusitics, science, southern english, the south
Megan and Carrie talk to Beth Troutman about what it's like to be a Southerner in politics and TV, discuss some Southern American English features, and why it's uncool to judge regional accents.
Episode 2: Foul-Mouthed Women
July 31st, 2017
43 mins 13 secs
cursing, discrimination, language, lingusitics, profanity, science, swearing
Have you ever wondered why swearing feels so good? Carrie and Megan explain what counts as swearing and why it's so fun to swear. They also discuss what types of words become profane over time and how swearing varies across languages and cultures. Also, they swear a lot. gasp
Episode 1: Uppity Women
July 15th, 2017
31 mins 49 secs
discrimination, language, lingusitics, science, vocal fry
In this episode we discuss the dreaded vocal fry. We explain what vocal fry actually is, who uses it (cough everyone cough), and why we judge only women for using it. Carrie and Megan ask you to stop judging women for using vocal fry - it's a proxy for sexism and anyway, it's everywhere.