Linguistics After Dark

Linguistics After Dark

Linguistics After Dark is a podcast where three linguists (and sometimes other people) answer your burning questions about language, linguistics, and whatever else you need advice about. We have three rules: any question is fair game, there's no research allowed, and if we can't answer, we have to drink. It's a little like CarTalk for language: call us if your language is making a funny noise, and we'll get to the bottom of it, with a lot of rowdy discussion and nerdy jokes along the way. At the beginning of the show, we introduce a new linguistics term, and there's even a puzzler at the end!

Episodes

December 10, 2023 71 mins

Wherein we spin a shitpost question into linguistics gold.

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  • 0:58 Mailbag; revisiting our treatment of linguistic typology
  • 12:14 Language Thing of the Day: The Comparative Method
  • 32:32 Question 1: Is English a creole?
  • 40:34 Question 2: Are Old English and Modern English the same language?
  • 51:07 Question 3: Is there any part of language that isn’t just slang and jargon that’s made it into the mainstream?
  • 1:...
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Wherein we find an excuse to recommend a bunch of music to you.

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  • 2:26 Language Thing of the Day: Filler words
  • 14:17 Question 1: How did we get nicknames that don't seem to make sense? Like how did "Peggy" come out of "Margaret"?
  • 25:26 Question 2: Why do singers' accents almost always become less intense in their singing voices as opposed to their speaking voices?
  • 37:30 Question 3: How do we ...
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Wherein we #GiveLinguistsSwords. (Please note that this recording cut out a lot of background noise and claps/cheers, so if there is a weird volume jump up or down, that might be why.)


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  • 00:04:42 Is syntax fake?

  • 00:10:14 Favorite and least favorite words

  • 00:23:48 How has profanity evolved with language?

  • 00:34:40 What are the rules for onomatopoeia and how do they differ across languages?

  • 00:41:13 ...

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September 3, 2023 134 mins

Wherein we #GiveLinguistsSwords. (Please note that this recording cut out a lot of background noise and claps/cheers, so if there is a weird volume jump up or down, that might be why.)


Jump right to:

  • 00:04:42 Is syntax fake?

  • 00:10:14 Favorite and least favorite words

  • 00:23:48 How has profanity evolved with language?

  • 00:34:40 What are the rules for onomatopoeia and how do they differ across languages?

  • 00:41:13 Wha...

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We've gone live for #CrossingsCon! ...two years ago. And before we fell further into our unintended hiatus, we forgot to post this episode anywhere besides YouTube. Oops!! So here is this, and a promise that we are back! Full show notes will be added here and uploaded to https://linguisticsafterdark.com when we get them written, and we have a bonus episode from 2022 ready to post later this month, plus more regular episodes finally...

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July 27, 2021 1 min

Hello, and welcome to Linguistics After Dark! I'm Sarah, and this not really an episode—it's another teaser for next week's live show at CrossingsCon: Slipping Sideways. At 7pm New York time, Tuesday August 3rd, we'll be doing a live episode with real questions from real audience members! That's you!

The convention is free to attend, and throughout the rest of the week, your beloved podcast team (that's us!) will be participa...

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July 2, 2021 107 mins

Check out the events from #LingFest 2021 at https://lingcomm.org/lingfest/, and get hype for CrossingsCon 21: Slipping Sideways, running from August 1-8 on Gather, with more information at https://crossingscon.org/. Our show has not been assigned a time slot yet, but we'll make sure to announce it as soon as we have one!

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Wherein we are LIVE.

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  • coming soon!

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    Hi everyone! We have two big Linguistics After Dark announcements for you.

    The first announcement is: we're still here! We have two episodes that are in fact recorded and waiting to be edited, so look for those in the next little bit.

    The second announcement is that we'll be doing a live show! We'll be taking questions from all of you while streaming on April 24th at 3pm Eastern. All of this is a part of LingFest, an online festiva...

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    August 2, 2020 76 mins

    Wherein we talk a LOT.

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    • 1:50 The International Phonetic Alphabet
    • 30:59 Corrections
    • 36:08 Question 1: Computer languages: Are they languages (in a linguistic sense)? They have rules, syntax, even dialects. They can express certain complex ideas better than English, but they cannot (easily) express arbitrary ideas.
    • 44:50 Question 2: What causes a compound word like ‘bluebird’ (a bird that is blue) to becom...
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    May 16, 2020 77 mins

    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 puzzl...
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    April 1, 2020 67 mins

    ​Wherein we make wugability happen and invoke rule three.

    Jump right to:

    • 3:40 The Part Where We Say The Title
    • 20:22 Are clicks consonants?
    • 30:22 Why do people like some words and hate others?
    • 43:53 An uncharacteristically serious discussion about conversational styles and their relation or lack thereof to gender
    • 65:18 The puzzler: What do the words ASSESS/BANANA/DRESSER/GRAMMAR/POTATO/REVIVE/UNEVEN...
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    February 13, 2020 57 mins

    Wherein we discuss how linguistics is everywhere but linguists are nowhere, and introduce the concept of the unsolicited etymology swear jar.

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    • 01:33 “Universal” word lists, bad puns, and university “field work” stories
    • 07:25 What composes an accent? What counts as a dialect? What about “little kid speak”?
    • 24:16 What are the most valuable ways linguistics can improve society?
    • 45:45 Favorite ridiculous etymolog...
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    December 24, 2019 44 mins

    Our very first episode, answering real language questions from real listeners! And boy do we live up to our no-research policy. (What is the truth about bubblers? TEACH THE CONTROVERSY!)

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    • 00:43 Thing of the Day: Ambiguity (...or is it?)
    • 04:28 In the English word ⟨scent⟩, is the ⟨s⟩ or the ⟨c⟩ silent?
    • 11:50 Has our study of linguistics caused us to consciously change how we talk?
    • 25:48 How should you plurali...
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