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).
December 10th, 2017 | 48 mins 21 secs
appalachia, appalachian mountains, carrie gillon, discrimination, language, lingusitics, megan figueroa, paul reed, science, sociolinguitics, southern language
Carrie and Megan talk with Paul Reed, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Alabama. They discuss Appalachian English (and how it's the Southerniest of Southern), hollers, and Jack tales.
November 26th, 2017 | 40 mins 10 secs
carmen fought, chicana, chicano english, discrimination, language, lingusitics, science, sociolinguitics, spanglish
Megan and Carrie talk with Carmen Fought about Chicano English, why it matters, and why it isn't the same as Spanglish. Carmen Fought is a Professor of Linguistics at Pitzer College.
November 12th, 2017 | 1 hr 20 mins
alberto rios, arizona, border, discrimination, language, lingusitics, poetry, science, vocal fry
Carrie and Megan chat with award-winning Chicano Poet Alberto Álvaro Ríos about living on the border between the US and Mexico and between English and Spanish.
October 29th, 2017 | 35 mins 5 secs
discrimination, halloween, language, lingusitics, occult, science, superstitions
Megan and Carrie chat about superstitions, special numbers and the real meaning of 'witch hunt', all while (mis?)pronouncing triskaidekaphobia. It's the spookiest episode yet!
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.
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.