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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  • Down the Shore

    August 12th, 2018  |  51 mins 1 sec

    Carrie and Megan talk with Lou Capetta of the Lou Capetta Show with Jay Burke about all things New Jersey, including the Sopranos, the Jersey Shore and water ice.

  • Keep Calm and Fry On

    July 29th, 2018  |  46 mins 40 secs
    language, linguistic discrimination, linguitics, sociolinguistics, vocal fries, vocal fry

    Megan and Carrie discuss their first year of podcasting, what they've learned from the experience, and how vocal fry will haunt them forever.

  • Ope, Just Gonna Sneak Right Past Ya and Grab the Ranch

    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.

  • Don't Mind the Gap

    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.

  • Patreon Bonus Episode Preview

    June 27th, 2018  |  17 mins 2 secs

    In this special bonus episode, Carrie and Megan talk about Koko the gorilla, Love Island and donuts.

  • Rock 'n' Rhotic

    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.

  • There Is No Try, There Is Only Du...olingo

    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.

  • Learning to Love Like

    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.

  • Calling London

    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.

  • Troublesome Terps

    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.

  • Don't Be An Accenthole

    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.

  • Literally Exploding with Nerd Rage

    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.

  • Black Lives Matter

    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.

  • Basque-ing in the European Sun

    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.

  • They/Them/Theirs

    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.

  • We're Ghana Talk English

    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.