Megan is finishing up her PhD in linguistics at the University of Arizona. This podcast is one of the first time her knowledge and skills are proving to be practical. When she's not writing her dissertation or gently telling people not to be a jerk with Carrie, she's probably cross-stitching, Netflix-binging, hanging out with her dog, or sleeping.
July 15th, 2018 | 52 mins 41 secs
Carrie and Megan talk with Amanda and Lucy from the Wine and Crime podcast about all things Minnesota.
July 1st, 2018 | 55 mins 55 secs
30 million word gap, educational linguistics, linguistics, nelson flores, sociolinguistics, university of pennsylvania
Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Nelson Flores, newly minted Associate Professor of Educational Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania about the so-called 30 million word gap, why it is problematic, and how better to think about the language children hear around them.
June 27th, 2018 | 17 mins 2 secs
In this special bonus episode, Carrie and Megan talk about Koko the gorilla, Love Island and donuts.
June 17th, 2018 | 1 hr 6 mins
bob kennedy, language, linguistics, lolphonology, lsa, music, rhotic, rock n roll, sociolinguistics
Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Bob Kennedy of the University of California, Santa Barbara about accents in song, including which accents are associated with which genres, appropriation of those accents, and r's.
June 3rd, 2018 | 45 mins 40 secs
duolingo, ed tech, education technology, joan palmiter bajorek, language, linguistics, lsa, samantha bee, sociolinguistics, university of arizona
Carrie and Megan talk with Joan Palmiter Bajorek, PhD candidate at the University of Arizona, about the issues around learning a second language via educational technology.
May 20th, 2018 | 1 hr 8 mins
alexandra d'arcy, language, like, linguistics, lsa, sociolinguistics
Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Alexandra D'Arcy Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, Director of the Sociolinguistics Research Lab and author of "Discourse-Pragmatic Variation in Context: Eight Hundred Years of like" about the many guises of "like". Learn why "like" is useful and older than you think it is.
May 6th, 2018 | 54 mins 9 secs
Carrie and Megan talk with Issa Wurie, cohost of the Young Free and Coupled podcast, about South London dialects and slang.
April 22nd, 2018 | 1 hr 29 mins
interpreters, language, linguistics, lsa, sociolinguistics, troublesome terps
Megan and Carrie talk with Alexander Drechsel, Alexander Gansmeier and Jonathan Downie of the Troublesome Terps in this special crossover episode.
April 8th, 2018 | 46 mins 28 secs
accents, ethan kutlu, language, linguistics, lsa, sociolinguistics
Carrie and Megan talk with Ethan Kultu, PhD student at the University of Florida about foreign accented speech (FAS), which foreign accents are judged more harshly, and why we should stop judging FAS.
March 25th, 2018 | 43 mins 31 secs
bad words, language, linguistics, literally, lsa, parks and recreation, sociolinguistics, the muse, time magazine
Megan and Carrie discuss Time's/The Muse's list of "bad" words. HEAVY SIGH.
March 11th, 2018 | 1 hr 17 mins
Carrie and Megan talk with Dr Ersula Ore from Arizona State University about rhetoric, respectability politics, and her arrest near campus back in 2014. Her story intersects with the larger conversation about black life in America, including the story of Sandra Bland. Content note: this conversation includes mentions of rape, lynching and police brutality.
February 25th, 2018 | 53 mins 40 secs
basque, itxaso rodríguez-ordóñez, language, linguistics, lsa, sociolinguistics, spain, spanish
Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Itxaso Rodríguez-Ordóñez from Southern Illinois University Carbondale about Basque and the discrimination Basque speakers deal with in Spain and France.
February 11th, 2018 | 47 mins 8 secs
Carrie and Megan talk with Kirby Conrod, doctoral student at University of Washington, about trans language, including pronoun usage and singular they.
January 28th, 2018 | 39 mins 29 secs
english, ghana, ghanian pidgin, language, linguistics, lsa, pidgin, selikam gotah, sociolinguistics
Megan and Carrie talk with Selikem Gotah, Masters student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, about Ghanaian English, Ghanaian Pidgin English, and other languages of Ghana. Learn a little about the history of Ghana and the status of English, Pidgin and other languages in Ghana.
Episode 12: Two Canadians, an Australian and an American walk into a Linguistics Conference...what is this, a crossover episode?
January 14th, 2018 | 36 mins 55 secs
australian english, canadian english, gretchen mcculloch, language, lauren gawne, lingthusiasm, linguistic discrimination, linguistics, linguistics society of america, lsa, sociolinguistics
In this special episode of the Vocal Fries, Carrie and Megan chat with Gretchen McCulloch and Lauren Gawne of Lingthusiasm about Australian and Canadian English while at the Linguistics Society of America's annual conference.
December 31st, 2017 | 48 mins 4 secs
acadian, canada, carrie gillon, discrimination, french, french canadian, language, laurentian, lingusitics, manitoba, megan figueroa, metis, nicole rosen, science, sociolinguitics, winnipeg
Megan and Carrie talk with Nicole Rosen, Canada Research Chair in Language Interactions at the University of Manitoba about Canadian French, including Laurentian, Acadian and Métis French. We discuss the politics, history and features of Canadian French, including the distinct features of the variety spoken in Winnipeg (where Nicole is from).