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  1. Episode 75: Mixed Languages and Scrambled Eggs | The History of English Podcast

    In this episode, we continue our look at the gradual emergence of Middle English from the linguistic rubble left in the wake of the Norman Conquest. English remained fractured and broken, and foreign influences continued to come in. We explore the changing language of the Peterborough Chronicle. We also examine how a merchant’s failed attempt to buy some eggs shaped the history of the English language.

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  2. BBC Radio 4 - Word of Mouth, Steven Pinker on Language

    Professor Steven Pinker joins Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright in the studio for a wide-ranging talk about his love of, and life working in, language. Steven is Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and he’s come up with some of the biggest and most exciting ideas about language. His books include The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and most recently, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.

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  3. It’s easier to get people to stop speaking a language than to take it up again. Just ask the Irish. | Public Radio International

    For centuries, colonialists, church leaders and educators discouraged Irish people from using their native tongue. When Ireland won independence, its leaders had no idea just how difficult it would be to bring the language back. Despite that, there’s hope for Irish today.

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  4. The Shared Sign Language of Martha’s Vineyard | Stuff You Missed in History Class: The Podcast

    By the early 18th century, it was not uncommon for people in Martha’s Vineyard to be deaf from birth. This had a profound effect on the culture of Martha’s Vineyard — and one that went on to influence Deaf culture in the United States as a whole.

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  5. Hacking Language: Bots, IF and Esolangs - SXSW Interactive 2016

    At the frontiers of computing and language, new developments are producing shock waves that have yet to hit the mainstream. Automated tweeters relate every word in the dictionary and assemble sonnets out of the metrical, rhyming tweets of others. Interactive fiction connects wordplay and world-building and models the social norms of the Regency romance. Coders develop languages that are programmed with images, recipes, and Shakespearean-style plays. This panel will consider the fundamental questions about computing and language that these projects are raising, explore exactly how these provocations operate, and look at how new projects relate to each other.

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  6. Podcast Episode 58: English as She Is Spoke - Futility Closet

    In 1855 Pedro Carolino decided to write a Portuguese-English phrasebook despite the fact that he didn’t actually speak English. The result is one of the all-time masterpieces of unintentional comedy, a language guide full of phrases like “The ears are too length” and “He has spit in my coat.” In this episode of the Futility Closet podcast we’ll sample Carolino’s phrasebook, which Mark Twain called “supreme and unapproachable.”

    We’ll also hear Hamlet’s “to be or not to be” rendered in jargon and puzzle over why a man places an ad before robbing a bank.

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  7. BBC Radio 4 - Don’t Log Off, Series 4, Found in Translation

    Alan Dein hears the story of Bryan from the US and Anna from Russia who met online - using Google Translate.

    Bryan doesn’t speak Russian and Anna doesn’t speak English - they conduct their communication entirely via the online translation tool.

    Alan has been following the story for Don’t Log Off for over a year, speaking to Bryan on Skype on numerous occasions. Since they first spoke, Anna decided to move to the US with her two children. She sells her house in Russia and takes just three suitcases to set up home with Bryan. The couple’s understanding of each other’s languages remains minimal.

    She arrived in the US in July this year - and the couple had 90 days to get married or Anna would have to leave the country. The wedding date is set for 21st September - but then, suddenly, it’s called off… because Anna has concerns.

    Alan decides to travel to Boise, Idaho to see how things work out…

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  8. 17. The Bird Fancier’s Delight with Sarah Angliss - The OdditoriumThe Odditorium

    A composer, inventor and historian of sound and the uncanny – Sarah Angliss’ music reflects her lifelong obsession with defunct technology, faded variety acts and English folklore. In this talk she discusses the practices of training animals to mimic human behaviour, language and song.

    Hoover the Talking Seal

    Jacko the Talking Fish

    Learned Pig

    Clever Hans

    The Serinette by Chardin


    Sparky the Budgie

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  9. 16. Little Tiny Words with Dr Lynne Murphy - The OdditoriumThe Odditorium

    Dr Lynne Murphy celebrates those little tiny words that glue our lives together and make our language work. It is about learning to love those words, about treasuring them and keeping them safe. It is about appreciating those little things in life and one little word particular that I haven’t used in this post.

    Any guesses what it might be?

    Lynne Murphy is a Reader in Linguistics at University of Sussex.

    Twitter @lynneguist


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  10. The Voynich Manuscript | Stuff You Missed in History Class: The Podcast

    The Voynich manuscript is named after Wilfrid Voynich, who acquired it in 1912 from a Jesuit library. There are many theories as to what this book from the 1400s contains, but no one knows whether it’s a cypher text, a lost language or gibberish.

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