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.
October 1st, 2017 | 42 mins 26 secs
canada, discrimination, first nations, kwakuitl, language, linguistics, rez english, salish, science, squamish, wakashan
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.
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.
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.
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
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.