Wherein we frequently get off topic and get angry at Les Immortels.
Jump right to:
- 1:08 Things Sarah Is Mad About Once She Did the Show Notes
- 3:39 Linguistic Thing of the Day: Borrowing!
- 8:00 L’Académie Française is annoying
- 22:27 Are there languages other than Irish that have the concept of helping vowels?
- 33:51 How do linguistic rules emerge?
- 51:36 Canadian raising! What actually is it?
- 1:09:00 The puzzler: Why are these birds flying in from different directions?
Covered in this episode:
- A very hardcore church named All Souls Parish
- Calques vs loanwords
- Sarah mispronouncing the Spanish word for “avocado”
- Epenthetic schwa and syllabic consonants
- Should linguists get swords?
- L’Académie Française does not know how language works
- Languages are not mathematical constructs
- How phonetic inventories and stress patterns differ between languages
- Lenition isn’t lazy, it’s economical!
- Pidgins are not pigeons (though neither has syntax)
- Linguistic redundancy
- Adopting children and/or giving them piggyback rides
- Vowels are like a shopping cart, or maybe a trombone
- Whitney Houston
Links and other post-show thoughts:
- Louisiana sort of has the Mary/marry/merry merger
- ⟨scooch⟩ predates ⟨skosh⟩ and is not related! Nor is either related to ⟨skoosh⟩.
- All about Anglish! And all about physics in Anglish: Uncleftish Beholding
- Epenthesis, and more about its presence in Ireland and the UK.
- The “Castilian lisp” is indeed not out of deference to a king, nor is it actually a lisp, but that folk-explanation apparently dates back to the late 1300s.
- ⟨hƿæt⟩/⟨hwæt⟩ gives us ⟨what⟩ and also some Discourse
- Native Listening (the book where Sarah read about that Spanish/English/Dutch word-stress study)
- Some online things related to that
- Lenition of consonants follows reliable patterns.
- Eli said a quote wrong! It should have been “Eventually, you sell enough fish together, you decide to have a kid.” -Tom Purnell, Eli’s sociolinguistics professor
- Gretchen McC on the basic English vowel cart
- Canadian raising diagrams and audio examples
- We’re grateful that you could bear with us
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And until next time… if you weren’t consciously aware of your tongue in your mouth, now you are :)