The Vocal Fries

The podcast about linguistic discrimination.

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.

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Episodes

  • Putting the Antics in SemAntics

    November 11th, 2019  |  1 hr 6 mins
    ejectives, evidentials, formal semantics, indigenous languages, kiowa, kiowa-tanoan languages, language documentation, linguistics, modals, native american languages, plains languages, reference grammar

    Megan and Carrie talk to Dr. Andrew McKenzie, Associate Professor at the University of Kansas, about Kiowa, language documentation and the importance of semantic documentation.

  • Episode 57: Be Good and Be Kind

    October 28th, 2019  |  55 mins 10 secs
    cook island maori, cook islands, cook islands maori, documentary linguistics, language documentation, language revitalization, linguistics, maori, new zealand, polynesian, samoan, sociolinguistics, tongan

    Carrie and Megan talk to Dr. Ake Nicholas, Lecturer at Massey University, about Cook Islands Maori, language documentation and the importance of teachers in language revitalization.

  • The (In)Visibility of Disability

    October 7th, 2019  |  1 hr 14 mins
    ableism, bi-pap machine, disabilities, disabled people, linguistics, people with disabilities, stutterers, stuttering

    Megan and Carrie talk to Alice Wong, the founder and Project Coordinator of the Disability Visibility Project, and Nina G, comedian, professional speaker, storyteller, writer and educator, about their disabilities and why the voices of disabled people belong in podcasts.

  • The Rhetoric of Xenophobia

    September 23rd, 2019  |  56 mins 50 secs
    english, historical linguistics, immigration, language, lexicography, linguistics, racism, sociolinguistics, words, xenophobia

    Carrie and Megan talk to Ben Zimmer about the rhetoric of "infestation" and "invasion" and the history of their use.

  • Everybody Hertz

    September 9th, 2019  |  1 hr 10 mins
    accents, classism, creaky voice, cut glass, dialects, flat accent, flat vowels, folk linguistics, journalism, lilting, linguistics, nasal, racism, regionalisms, sexism, sociolinguistics, twang, vocal fry

    Megan and Carrie talk to Dr Lisa Davidson, Professor of Linguistics at New York University, about the terms used by journalists to describe language and accents (and why they are so often problematic).

  • Your Language Sounds like it has a Drawbridge

    August 26th, 2019  |  1 hr 4 mins
    aberdeen, accents, dialects, discrimination, edinburgh, english, gaelic, glasgow, language, linguistic discrimination, linguistics, scotland, scots, scottish, shetland islands, sociolinguistics

    Carrie and Megan talk to Dr Sadie Ryan, host of the Accentricity podcast, the podcast that examines the eccentricities of language and identity and how the way we talk connects to who we are.

  • To Be or Not to Be (Hamlet)

    August 12th, 2019  |  1 hr 5 mins
    acting, acting coach, actor, duane daniels, plays, tv shows, veronica mars, voice coaching

    Megan and Carrie talk to Duane Daniels, actor, acting coach, director and producer, aka Principal Van Clemmons on Veronica Mars, about acting, singing and his new book You are Not Really Hamlet: And Everybody Knows It.

  • Megan Squared

    July 29th, 2019  |  48 mins 20 secs
    border, critical linguistics, english, guatemala, interpretation, language, linguistic discrimination, linguistics, mexico, sociolinguistics, southern border, spanish, united states

    Megan and Carrie talk to Dr Megan Strom, Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, about the importance of interpretation services in the United States.

  • Lal-apalooza

    July 15th, 2019  |  58 mins 5 secs
    linguistics, sociolinguistics, trans language, trans voices, vocal fry

    Megan and Carrie talk to Dr Lal Zimman, Assistant Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, about trans voices and vocal fry.

  • The Final Frontier

    July 1st, 2019  |  1 hr 21 mins
    education, language and power, language change, language education, language policy, linguistics, malagasy, polynesian languages, power, sociolinguistics, space exploration

    Carrie and Megan talk to Dr Jeffrey Punske, Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and Dr Andrew McKenzie, Associate Professor at the University of Kansas, about their project on language change in space with the European Space Agency.

  • Word Slut

    June 17th, 2019  |  1 hr 41 secs
    gender-neutral language, gendered language, genitalia, language, linguistics, men's language, sexist language, sociolinguistics, swearing, women's language

    Megan and Carrie talk with Amanda Montell about her new book wordslut: a feminist guide to taking back the english language.

  • Choice is Good; Justice is Better

    June 3rd, 2019  |  55 mins 12 secs
    abortion, abortion access, abortion bans, language, linguistics, pro-choice, pro-life, reproductive justice, reproductive rights, sociolinguistics

    Carrie and Megan talk with Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson, PhD student at the University of Arizona, about the language around reproductive rights, reproductive justice and abortion.

  • No hasi ko’i pendeu

    May 20th, 2019  |  1 hr 8 mins
    caribbean, caribbean languages, colonialization, creole, creole languages, creoles, language, linguistic discrimination, linguistics, papiamento, papiamentu, pidgin, pidgin languages, pidgins, sociolinguistics

    Carrie and Megan talk with Keisha Wiel, PhD student at Temple University, about Papiamentu, a creole spoken in the Caribbean.

  • Zom-be or Not Zom-be: That is the Question

    May 6th, 2019  |  1 hr 14 mins
    africa, anthropological linguistics, anthropology, bantu, china, cultural linguistics, kiswahili, liberia, linguistics, mexico, rwanda, sociocultural linguistics, sociolinguistics, swahili, tanzania, zombies

    Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Jamie Thomas, Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore, about zombies, Swahili, and her book "Zombies Speak Swahili".

    We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at patreon.com/vocalfriespod. The $5 a month level gives you access to our monthly bonus episode, as well as a Vocal Fries sticker and a shout out on the podcast! But you can contribute as little as $1 a month and have our undying gratitude!

    Don't forget to follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/vocalfriespod/ , on tumblr at https://vocalfriespod.tumblr.com/ and Twitter and Instagram at @vocalfriespod, and our website is www.vocalfriespod.com

  • Chatting about Chatino

    April 22nd, 2019  |  56 mins 42 secs
    about chatino languages and chatino conceptions of death., assistant professor at the university of louisville in the department of comparative humanities, megan and carrie talk with dr. hilaria cruz

    Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Hilaria Cruz, Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville in the Department of Comparative Humanities, about Chatino languages and Chatino conceptions of death.

    We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at patreon.com/vocalfriespod. The $5 a month level gives you access to our monthly bonus episode, as well as a Vocal Fries sticker and a shout out on the podcast! But you can contribute as little as $1 a month and have our undying gratitude!

    Don't forget to follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/vocalfriespod/ , on tumblr at https://vocalfriespod.tumblr.com/ and Twitter and Instagram at @vocalfriespod, and our website is www.vocalfriespod.com

  • Ha-has and Moonbeams and Yaks, Oh My!

    April 8th, 2019  |  1 hr 3 mins
    dictionaries, dictionary, difficult words, lexicography, linguistics, words

    Carrie and Megan talk with Jane Solomon about her upcoming book The Dictionary of Difficult Words.

    We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at patreon.com/vocalfriespod. The $5 a month level gives you access to our monthly bonus episode, as well as a Vocal Fries sticker and a shout out on the podcast! But you can contribute as little as $1 a month and have our undying gratitude!

    Don't forget to follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/vocalfriespod/ , on tumblr at https://vocalfriespod.tumblr.com/ and Twitter and Instagram at @vocalfriespod, and our website is www.vocalfriespod.com