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

  • Fools Rush In

    April 1st, 2019  |  15 mins 6 secs
    april fools, switcheroo

    In this special episode of the Vocal Fries, we present an episode of Turn Of Phrases, a podcast about turning phrases inside out.

  • Maaate, Don't Come the Raw Prawn with Me, Alright?

    March 24th, 2019  |  1 hr 7 mins
    australian english, bogan, boganism, language, linguistic discrimination, linguistics, rhyming slang, sociolinguistics

    Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Tony McMahon from RMIT about all things bogan and Australia.

    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

  • Water is Life

    March 10th, 2019  |  52 mins 49 secs
    athabaskan, diné, indigeous languages of north america, language, lifeways, linguistics, native american languages, navajo, sociolinguistics, water

    Carrie and Megan talk with Nicole Horseherder, Diné from Arizona, about Diné Bizaad (aka Navajo).

    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

  • On the Basis of Voice

    February 24th, 2019  |  49 mins 38 secs
    aae, aave, african american linguistics, black english, housing discrimination, linguistics, rbg, sociolinguistics, southern american english

    Megan and Carrie talk with Kelly Wright, PhD student at the University of Michigan, about housing discrimination via dialect discrimination.

  • Beyoncé, Hoodies and Obama Linguistics

    February 10th, 2019  |  1 hr 6 mins
    aae, aave, african american linguistics, beyoncé, biracial, black english, intonation, key and peele, linguistics, obama, sociolinguistics, vocal fry

    Carrie and Megan talk with Dr. Nicole Holliday, Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Pomona College, about Black English, biracial English, vocal fry, intonation, and the field of Obama linguistics.

  • The Kids are Alright

    January 27th, 2019  |  35 mins 16 secs
    baby talk, child directed speech, child language, child language acquisition, children's language, language acquisition, linguistics, motherese, pet directed speech, phonology

    Carrie interviews Megan about child language acquisition and why correcting kids' "mistakes" is not worth your time.

  • Looking Like a Language, Sounding Like a Podcast

    January 13th, 2019  |  1 hr 40 secs
    colonialism, education, english, language education, linguistics, raciolinguistics, sociolinguistics, spanish

    Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Jonathan Rosa, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics at Stanford University, about his forthcoming book "Looking Like a Language, Sounding Like a Race".

  • Bilingualism isn’t Just for White Kids

    December 30th, 2018  |  57 mins 51 secs
    french, heritage language speakers, heritage languages, linguistic discrimination, linguistics, spanish, swedish

    Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Abby Bajuniemi about heritage languages and heritage language speakers.

  • The Latino Threat Narrative

    December 9th, 2018  |  1 hr 3 mins
    english, hiphop, language, linguistic discrimination, linguistics, rap, spanglish, spanish

    Carrie and Megan talk with Dr. Matthew Garley, Assistant Professor at CUNY, York College, about the use of Spanish and Spanglish in rap.

  • How Millennials are Destroying the Philly Accent

    November 25th, 2018  |  1 hr 2 mins
    english, jawn, language, linguistic discrimination, linguistics, philadelphia, philly

    Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Betsy Sneller, Postdoc at Georgetown University about all things Philadelphia English.

  • The Rock was the Rock before the Rock, b'y

    November 11th, 2018  |  1 hr 18 mins

    Carrie and Megan talk with Tracy O'Brien, literature PhD student at the University of Toronto, about all things Newfoundland. Yes b'y.

  • Salt Fat Acid SHADE

    October 28th, 2018  |  55 mins 51 secs
    carrie gillon, language, linguistic discrimination, linguitics, megan figeuroa, sociolinguistics, vocal fries, vocal fry

    Megan and Carrie answer your questions about jerk linguists, the alt right and vocal fry.

  • Bat Signals

    October 14th, 2018  |  39 mins 54 secs
    bats, halloween, language, linguistics, spooky, wolves

    It's another Halloween episode! Megan and Carrie talk about bats, wolves and ... prairie dogs?

  • Todos/Todas/Todes

    September 30th, 2018  |  1 hr 6 mins

    Carrie and Megan talk with Dr. Santiago Kalinowski, Director of the the Linguistics Department at the Argentinian Academy of Letters, about lenguaje inclusivo/inclusive language in Spanish.

  • Neaux French Left Behind

    September 16th, 2018  |  57 mins 42 secs
    cajun, french, language, linguistic discrimination, linguistics, linguistics society of america, louisiana, sociolinguistcs

    Carrie and Megan talk with Dr. Nathalie Dajko, Assistant Professor at Tulane University, about varieties of French in Louisiana and the history of French and revitalization efforts in the region.

  • Means Doesn’t Rhyme with New Orleans

    August 26th, 2018  |  54 mins 43 secs
    graden district, language, linguistics, linguistics society of america, lisa sprowls, louisiana, lsa, new orleans, sociolinguistics, yat

    Megan and Carrie talk with Lisa Sprowls, PhD student at Tulane University about New Orleans English(es), especially Yat and the Garden District dialects, and speakers perception of New Orleans dialects.