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 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.