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The monthly 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. Support this podcast at www.patreon.com/vocalfriespod

The Vocal Fries The Vocal Fries

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    • 4.5 • 136 Ratings

The monthly 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. Support this podcast at www.patreon.com/vocalfriespod

    Bulls, apes, bats and chickens

    Bulls, apes, bats and chickens

    Megan and Carrie talk with Kory Stamper, lexicographer extraordinaire, about the history and use of the word "bullsh*t".
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    The Rickford Files

    The Rickford Files

    Carrie and Megan talk with Dr. John Rickford, emeritus professor at Stanford, about his memoir, Speaking my Soul: Race, Life and Language, growing up in Guyana, moving to the United States, and his love of linguistics and Black Talk.

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    Make Grammar Cool Again

    Make Grammar Cool Again

    Megan and Carrie talk with Drs Andreea Calude and Laurie Bauer about their new textbook Mysteries of English Grammar: A Guide to Complexities of the English Language and their edited volume Questions about Language: What Everybody Should Know about Language in the 21st Century.

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    Reawakening Pentlatch

    Reawakening Pentlatch

    Carrie and Megan talk with the Working Pentlatch Revitalization team (Mathew Andreatta, Jessie Recalma, Chief Michael Recalma, and Dr Su Urbanczyk) about their work on reawakening Pentlatch, a Coast Salish language on Vancouver Island.

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    John Mary Bill Sue

    John Mary Bill Sue

    Megan and Carrie talk with Dr Hadas Kotek, a linguist at Apple, about two of her papers: Gender bias in linguistics textbooks: Has anything changed since Macaulay & Brice 1997? and Gender bias and stereotypes in linguistic example sentences.

    See the two graphs Hadas had us look at here.

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    Tongues

    Tongues

    Carrie and Megan talk with two of the editors of Tongues: On Longing and Belonging Through Language, Eufemia Fantetti, Professor of English at Humber College, and Ayelet Tsabari, who teaches creative writing  at the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph and University of King’s College, about their new book, writing in English as a second language, Molisan, Hebrew, and Yemeni Arabic.
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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
136 Ratings

136 Ratings

Caliactress ,

Amazing podcast for language nerds who care!

This podcast is such a pleasure to listen to! I learn so much and Carrie and Megan’s personalities are so fun. 10/10 recommend I love them.

Xbound24 ,

Not really sure who this podcast is for…

Many of the concepts are very basic intro linguistics concepts, but I don’t feel like they explain them thoroughly enough for someone who is unfamiliar with linguistics to understand. On the other hand, anyone who is already familiar with these concepts won’t find much groundbreaking material here.

The first episode I listened to was about prescriptivism vs descriptivism. The hosts spent a long time covering how non-standard grammar was not “wrong” per se, but just different, from a different cultural perspective. Then, not ten minutes later, they talk about how annoying it is when people use “whom” wrong. Isn’t the concept of “wrong” here the prescriptivism they just made a point of poo-pooing?

I feel they also did not really cover the idea that standardized grammar DOES have a purpose, which is to find common clarity. Whether or not it is always successful is perhaps another story, but they don’t seem to address that having a codified grammar model has ANY benefits at all, which it most certainly does. Sure, it’s not helpful in all situations at all times, but having standardized grammar does have many benefits.

I might give this podcast a few more episodes to see if they found their groove any more in later episodes, but the start was pretty rocky.

Jlairose ,

One of my favorite podcasts!!

I learn so much from Carrie, Megan, and their guests. Vocal fries is one of my fave podcasts ever 😻!

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