Topics

For those who might want to use our episodes in the classroom, we have some suggested topics, with associated episodes:

Accents

Don’t be an Accenthole Carrie and Megan talk with Ethan Kutlu, PhD student at the University of Florida about foreign accented speech (FAS), which foreign accents are judged more harshly, and why we should stop judging FAS.

Ope, Just Gonna Sneak Right Past Ya and Grab the Ranch Carrie and Megan talk with Amanda and Lucy from the Wine and Crime podcast about all things Minnesota.

Your Language Sounds Like it has a Drawbridge Carrie and Megan talk to Dr Sadie Ryan, host of the Accentricity podcast, the podcast that examines the eccentricities of language and identity and how the way we talk connects to who we are.

Everybody Hertz Megan and Carrie talk to Dr Lisa Davidson, Professor of Linguistics at New York University, about the terms used by journalists to describe language and accents (and why they are so often problematic).

Practice Makes Easier Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Melissa Baese-Berk, Associate Professor at the University of Oregon, about native and non-native English and the different levels of effort required to understand each.

What’s in a Name Carrie and Megan talk to Dr. Laurel MacKenzie, Assistant Professor at NYU, about all things names.

Africa

We’re Ghana Talk English Megan and Carrie talk with Selikem Gotah, Masters student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, about Ghanaian English, Ghanaian Pidgin English, and other languages of Ghana. Learn a little about the history of Ghana and the status of English, Pidgin and other languages in Ghana.

Zom-be or not Zom-be: That is the Question Megan and Carrie talk with Dr Jamie Thomas, Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore, about zombies, Swahili, and her book Zombies Speak Swahili.

Australia

Two Canadians, an Australian and an American Walk into a Linguistic Conference… What is This? A Crossover Episode? In this special episode of the Vocal Fries, Carrie and Megan chat with Gretchen McCulloch and Lauren Gawne of Lingthusiasm about Australian and Canadian English while at the Linguistics Society of America’s annual conference.

Maaate, Don’t Come the Raw Prawn with Me, Alright? Megan and Carrie talk with Dr Tony McMahon from RMIT about all things bogan and Australia.

Living Languages Megan and Carrie talk to Ebony Joachim, at Living Languages, who runs professional development courses for Indigenous communities in Australia, about her work, language revitalization and documentation, and the languages of Australia.

Basque

Basque-ing in the European Sun Megan and Carrie talk with Dr Itxaso Rodríguez-Ordóñez from Southern Illinois University Carbondale about Basque and the discrimination Basque speakers deal with in Spain and France.

Bias

Unconscious Bias Project Carrie and Megan talk with Dr. Linet Mera, co-founder of the Unconscious Bias Project, and Lucretia Iruela, consultant to the UBP, about unconscious bias and the Project.

Bilingualism

Bilingualism isn’t just for White Kids Megan and Carrie talk with Dr Abby Bajuniemi about heritage languages and heritage language speakers.

Bilingualism is. It just is. Megan talks with Dr. Nelson Flores, Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Jonathan Rosa, Associate Professor at Stanford, about the bilingual brain, semilingualism, and why people keep confusing them for the other.

Black English and Rhetoric

Black Lives Matter Carrie and Megan talk with Dr Ersula Ore, Assistant Professor in Rhetoric at Arizona State University, about rhetoric, respectability politics, and her arrest near campus back in 2014. Her story intersects with the larger conversation about black life in America, including the story of Sandra Bland. Content note: this conversation includes mentions of rape, lynching and police brutality.

Beyoncé, Hoodies and Obama Linguistics Carrie and Megan talk with Dr Nicole Holliday, Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Pomona College about Black English, biracial language, vocal fry, intonation, and the field of Obama linguistics.

What’s in a Name Carrie and Megan talk to Dr. Laurel MacKenzie, Assistant Professor at NYU, about all things names.

Linguistic Injustice Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Sharese King, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago, about Rachel Jeantel and her treatment by the justice system and the media during the George Zimmerman trial.

Read between the Vines Carrie and Megan talk with Kendra Calhoun, graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, about anti-hegemonic racial humor on Vine.

Canada

On the Rez Megan and Carrie interview Dr Peter Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University, where he works on language revitalization. They talk about Rez English(es) (the varieties of English spoken on reserves/reservations), indigenous languages of the United States and Canada, and language revitalization.

French (Canadian) Fries Megan and Carrie talk with Dr 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.

Two Canadians, an Australian and an American Walk into a Linguistic Conference… What is This? A Crossover Episode? In this special episode of the Vocal Fries, Carrie and Megan chat with Gretchen McCulloch and Lauren Gawne of Lingthusiasm about Australian and Canadian English while at the Linguistics Society of America’s annual conference.

The Rock was the Rock before the Rock, b’y Carrie and Megan talk with Tracy O’Brien, literature PhD student at the University of Toronto, about all things Newfoundland. Yes b’y.

Caribbean Languages/Creoles

No hasi ko’i pendeu Carrie and Megan talk with Keisha Wiel, PhD student at Temple University, about Papiamentu, a creole spoken in the Caribbean.

Chicano English and Culture

Borderlands/La frontera 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.

ChicaNO? ChicanYES! Megan and Carrie talk with Dr Carmen Fought, Professor of Linguistics at Pitzer College, about Chicano English, why it matters, and why it isn’t the same as Spanglish.

Dictionaries

Ha-has and Moonbeams and Yaks, Oh My Carrie and Megan talk with Jane Solomon about her upcoming book The Dictionary of Difficult Words.

Disability and Language

The (In)Visibility of Disability Megan and Carrie talk to Alice Wong, the founder and Project Coordinator of the Disability Visibility Project, and Nina G, comedian, professional speaker, storyteller, writer and educator, about their disabilities and why the voices of disabled people belong in podcasts.

Documentation

Putting the Antics in SemAntics Megan and Carrie talk to Dr Andrew McKenzie, Associate Professor at the University of Kansas, about Kiowa (Cauijoga), language documentation and the importance of semantic documentation.

Be Good and Be Kind Carrie and Megan talk to Dr Ake Nicholas, Lecturer at Massey University, about Cook Islands Maori, language documentation and the importance of teachers in language revitalization.

Living Languages Megan and Carrie talk to Ebony Joachim, at Living Languages, who runs professional development courses for Indigenous communities in Australia, about her work, language revitalization and documentation, and the languages of Australia.

Wikitongues Carrie and Megan talk with Daniel Bogre Udell, cofounder of Wikitongues, about language documentation and revitalization.

East Coast Dialects of North American English

Down the Shore Carrie and Megan talk with Lou Capetta of the Lou Capetta Show with Jay Burke about all things New Jersey, including the Sopranos, the Jersey Shore and water ice.

The Rock was the Rock before the Rock, b’y Carrie and Megan talk with Tracy O’Brien, literature PhD student at the University of Toronto, about all things Newfoundland. Yes b’y.

How Millennials are Ruining the Philly Accent Megan and Carrie talk with Dr Betsy Sneller, Postdoc at Georgetown University about all things Philadelphia English.

Europe

Basque-ing in the European Sun Megan and Carrie talk with Dr Itxaso Rodríguez-Ordóñez from Southern Illinois University Carbondale about Basque and the discrimination Basque speakers deal with in Spain and France.

Calling London Carrie and Megan talk with Issa Wurie, cohost of the Young Free and Coupled podcast, about South London dialects and slang.

Your Language Sounds Like it has a Drawbridge Carrie and Megan talk to Dr Sadie Ryan, host of the Accentricity podcast, the podcast that examines the eccentricities of language and identity and how the way we talk connects to who we are.

Irish isn’t Just Decorative Carrie and Megan talk with Gearoidin McEvoy, PhD Candidate in Minority Language Rights Law at Dublin City University and cohost of Motherfoclóir, about Irish and the law.

French in North America

French (Canadian) Fries Megan and Carrie talk with Dr 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.

Neaux French Left Behind Carrie and Megan talk with Dr Nathalie Dajko, Assistant Professor at Tulane University, about varieties of French in Louisiana and the history of French and revitalization efforts in the region.

Halloween

Freaky Fryday 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!

Bat Signals It’s another Halloween episode! Megan and Carrie talk about bats, wolves and … prairie dogs?

Zom-be or not Zom-be: That is the Question Megan and Carrie talk with Dr Jamie Thomas, Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore, about zombies, Swahili, and her book Zombies Speak Swahili.

Heritage Languages

Bilingualism isn’t just for White Kids Megan and Carrie talk with Dr Abby Bajuniemi about heritage languages and heritage language speakers.

Humor

Read between the Vines Carrie and Megan talk with Kendra Calhoun, graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, about anti-hegemonic racial humor on Vine.

Immigration Issues

Megan Squared Megan and Carrie talk to Dr Megan Strom, Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, about the importance of interpretation services in the United States.

The Rhetoric of Xenophobia Carrie and Megan talk to Ben Zimmer about the rhetoric of “infestation” and “invasion” and the history of their use.

Creating Puentes Megan and Carrie discuss the letter to the LSA and then talk with Dr. Marie-Eve Monette, founder of Creating Puentes, about the importance of translation and interpretation services and her life as a French speaker living in the US.

Inclusive Language/Singular They

They/Them/Theirs Carrie and Megan talk with Kirby Conrod, doctoral student at University of Washington, about trans language, including pronoun usage and singular they.

Todos/Todas/Todes Carrie and Megan talk with Dr Santiago Kalinowski, Director of the the Linguistics Department at the Argentinian Academy of Letters, about lenguaje inclusivo/inclusive language in Spanish.

Choice is Good; Justice is Better Carrie and Megan talk with Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson, PhD student at the University of Arizona, about the language around reproductive rights, reproductive justice and abortion.

Word Slut Megan and Carrie talk with Amanda Montell about her new book wordslut: a feminist guide to taking back the english language.

Indigenous Languages of Australia and New Zealand

Be Good and Be Kind Carrie and Megan talk to Dr Ake Nicholas, Lecturer at Massey University, about Cook Islands Maori, language documentation and the importance of teachers in language revitalization.

Living Languages Megan and Carrie talk to Ebony Joachim, at Living Languages, who runs professional development courses for Indigenous communities in Australia, about her work, language revitalization and documentation, and the languages of Australia.

Indigenous Languages of North America

On the Rez Megan and Carrie interview Dr Peter Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University, where he works on language revitalization. They talk about Rez English(es) (the varieties of English spoken on reserves/reservations), indigenous languages of the United States and Canada, and language revitalization.

Water is Life Carrie and Megan talk with Nicole Horseherder, Diné from Arizona, about Diné Bizaad (aka Navajo).

Chatting about Chatino Megan and Carrie talk with Dr Hilaria Cruz, Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville in the Department of Comparative Humanities, about Chatino languages and Chatino conceptions of death.

Putting the Antics in SemAntics Megan and Carrie talk to Dr Andrew McKenzie, Associate Professor at the University of Kansas, about Kiowa (Cauijoga), language documentation and the importance of semantic documentation.

Chaos and Order Megan and Carrie talk with David Bowles, a Mexican-American author from south Texas who teaches at the University of Texas Río Grande Valley, about Classical Nahuatl and the culture of the people who spoke it.

Interpretation & Translation

Troublesome Terps Megan and Carrie talk with Alexander Drechsel, Alexander Gansmeier and Jonathan Downie of the Troublesome Terps in this special crossover episode.

Creating Puentes Megan and Carrie discuss the letter to the LSA and then talk with Dr. Marie-Eve Monette, founder of Creating Puentes, about the importance of translation and interpretation services and her life as a French speaker living in the US.

Language Acquisition

The Kids are Alright Carrie interviews Megan about child language acquisition and why correcting kids’ “mistakes” is not worth your time.

Teach Your Kids about Linguistic Discrimination Carrie and Megan talk with Dr. Katherine D. Kinzler, Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago, about her new book How You Say It: Why You Talk the Way You Do—And What It Says About You.

Language and Education

Don’t Mind the Gap Megan and Carrie talk with Dr Nelson Flores, newly minted Associate Professor of Educational Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania about the so-called 30 million word gap, why it is problematic, and how better to think about the language children hear around them.

Bilingualism isn’t just for White Kids Megan and Carrie talk with Dr Abby Bajuniemi about heritage languages and heritage language speakers.

Bilingualism is. It just is.Megan talks with Dr. Nelson Flores, Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Jonathan Rosa, Associate Professor at Stanford, about the bilingual brain, semilingualism, and why people keep confusing them for the other.

Teach Your Kids about Linguistic Discrimination Carrie and Megan talk with Dr. Katherine D. Kinzler, Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago, about her new book How You Say It: Why You Talk the Way You Do—And What It Says About You.

Sounds about White Megan and Carrie talk with JPB Gerald, host of Unstandardized English, a podcast about language teaching, race, and whiteness, EdD student and adult educator about whiteness in language education. 

Language and the Law

On the Basis of Voice Megan and Carrie talk with Kelly Wright, PhD student at the University of Michigan, about housing discrimination via dialect discrimination.

Linguistic Injustice Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Sharese King, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago, about Rachel Jeantel and her treatment by the justice system and the media during the George Zimmerman trial.

Reid between the Lines Carrie and Megan talk with Dr. Marianne Mason, newly minted Associate Professor of Spanish at James Madison University, about police interviews, the Reid technique, and linguistics and the law.

Language and policing

Reid between the Lines Carrie and Megan talk with Dr. Marianne Mason, newly minted Associate Professor of Spanish at James Madison University, about police interviews, the Reid technique, and linguistics and the law.

Language and Technology

A Sirious Problem 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.

There Is No Try, There Is Only Du…olingo Carrie and Megan talk with Joan Palmiter Bajorek, PhD candidate at the University of Arizona, about the issues around learning a second language via educational technology.

Language and the Workplace

Cheaper Than Therapy Megan and Carrie chat with Dr. Anna Marie Trester, founder of Career Linguist, about the importance of linguistics to the workplace. (Employers: you need us!)

Latinx

Don’t Mind the Gap Megan and Carrie talk with Dr Nelson Flores, newly minted Associate Professor of Educational Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania about the so-called 30 million word gap, why it is problematic, and how better to think about the language children hear around them.

Todos/Todas/Todes Carrie and Megan talk with Dr Santiago Kalinowski, Director of the the Linguistics Department at the Argentinian Academy of Letters, about lenguaje inclusivo/inclusive language in Spanish.

Latino Threat Narrative Carrie and Megan talk with Dr Matthew Garley, Assistant Professor at CUNY, York College, about the use of Spanish and Spanglish in rap.

Bilingualism isn’t just for White Kids Megan and Carrie talk with Dr Abby Bajuniemi about heritage languages and heritage language speakers.

Looking Like a Language, Sounding like a Podcast Megan and Carrie talk with Dr Jonathan Rosa, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics at Stanford University, about his forthcoming book Looking Like a Language, Sounding Like a Race.

Louisiana

Means Doesn’t Rhyme with New Orleans Megan and Carrie talk with Lisa Sprowls, PhD student at Tulane University about New Orleans English(es), especially Yat and the Garden District dialects, and speakers perception of New Orleans dialects.

Neaux French Left Behind Carrie and Megan talk with Dr Nathalie Dajko, Assistant Professor at Tulane University, about varieties of French in Louisiana and the history of French and revitalization efforts in the region.

Minnesota

Ope, Just Gonna Sneak Right Past Ya and Grab the Ranch Carrie and Megan talk with Amanda and Lucy from the Wine and Crime podcast about all things Minnesota.

Misc

Third Time’s the Charm It’s the Fries 3-year anniversary! Carrie and Megan respond to listener voicemails about linguistic discrimination.

Music

Rock ‘n’ Rhotic Megan and Carrie talk with Dr Bob Kennedy of the University of California, Santa Barbara about accents in song, including which accents are associated with which genres, appropriation of those accents, and r’s.

Latino Threat Narrative Carrie and Megan talk with Dr Matthew Garley, Assistant Professor at CUNY, York College, about the use of Spanish and Spanglish in rap.

New Zealand

Be Good and Be Kind Carrie and Megan talk to Dr Ake Nicholas, Lecturer at Massey University, about Cook Islands Maori, language documentation and the importance of teachers in language revitalization.

Prescriptive Grammar

Grammar Not-zi 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.

Literally Exploding with Nerd Rage Megan and Carrie discuss Time’s/The Muse’s list of “bad” words. HEAVY SIGH.

Pronunciation

Between Iraq and a Hard Place Carrie and Megan talk to Dr Zachary Jaggers, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oregon, about differences in pronunciation of borrowings and what they tell us (or don’t tell us) about people’s political leanings.

What’s in a Name Carrie and Megan talk to Dr. Laurel MacKenzie, Assistant Professor at NYU, about all things names.

Racism & Xenophobia

On the Rez Megan and Carrie interview Dr Peter Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University, where he works on language revitalization. They talk about Rez English(es) (the varieties of English spoken on reserves/reservations), indigenous languages of the United States and Canada, and language revitalization.

Black Lives Matter Carrie and Megan talk with Dr Ersula Ore, Assistant Professor in Rhetoric at Arizona State University, about rhetoric, respectability politics, and her arrest near campus back in 2014. Her story intersects with the larger conversation about black life in America, including the story of Sandra Bland. Content note: this conversation includes mentions of rape, lynching and police brutality.

Don’t be an Accenthole Carrie and Megan talk with Ethan Kutlu, PhD student at the University of Florida about foreign accented speech (FAS), which foreign accents are judged more harshly, and why we should stop judging FAS.

Latino Threat Narrative Carrie and Megan talk with Dr Matthew Garley, Assistant Professor at CUNY, York College, about the use of Spanish and Spanglish in rap.

The Rhetoric of Xenophobia Carrie and Megan talk to Ben Zimmer about the rhetoric of “infestation” and “invasion” and the history of their use.

Beyoncé, Hoodies and Obama Linguistics Carrie and Megan talk with Dr Nicole Holliday, Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Pomona College about Black English, biracial language, vocal fry, intonation, and the field of Obama linguistics.

Bilingualism isn’t just for White Kids Megan and Carrie talk with Dr Abby Bajuniemi about heritage languages and heritage language speakers.

Zom-be or not Zom-be: That is the Question Megan and Carrie talk with Dr Jamie Thomas, Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore, about zombies, Swahili, and her book Zombies Speak Swahili.

Be Good and Be Kind Carrie and Megan talk to Dr Ake Nicholas, Lecturer at Massey University, about Cook Islands Maori, language documentation and the importance of teachers in language revitalization.

Between Iraq and a Hard Place Carrie and Megan talk to Dr Zachary Jaggers, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oregon, about differences in pronunciation of borrowings and what they tell us (or don’t tell us) about people’s political leanings.

Living Languages Megan and Carrie talk to Ebony Joachim, at Living Languages, who runs professional development courses for Indigenous communities in Australia, about her work, language revitalization and documentation, and the languages of Australia.

Practice Makes Easier Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Melissa Baese-Berk, Associate Professor at the University of Oregon, about native and non-native English and the different levels of effort required to understand each.

Linguistic Injustice Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Sharese King, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago, about Rachel Jeantel and her treatment by the justice system and the media during the George Zimmerman trial.

Read between the Vines Carrie and Megan talk with Kendra Calhoun, graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, about anti-hegemonic racial humor on Vine.

Dismantling White Supremacy Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Anne Charity Hudley, Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, about how to dismantle white supremacy in linguistics.

Teach Your Kids about Linguistic Discrimination Carrie and Megan talk with Dr. Katherine D. Kinzler, Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago, about her new book How You Say It: Why You Talk the Way You Do—And What It Says About You.

Sounds about White Megan and Carrie talk with JPB Gerald, host of Unstandardized English, a podcast about language teaching, race, and whiteness, EdD student and adult educator about whiteness in language education. 

Rhetoric

Black Lives Matter Carrie and Megan talk with Dr Ersula Ore, Assistant Professor in Rhetoric at Arizona State University, about rhetoric, respectability politics, and her arrest near campus back in 2014. Her story intersects with the larger conversation about black life in America, including the story of Sandra Bland. Content note: this conversation includes mentions of rape, lynching and police brutality.

The Rhetoric of Xenophobia Carrie and Megan talk to Ben Zimmer about the rhetoric of “infestation” and “invasion” and the history of their use.

Sexism

Uppity Women 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.

Foul-mouthed Women 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

Learning to Love Like Megan and Carrie talk with Dr Alexandra D’Arcy Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, Director of the Sociolinguistics Research Lab and author of “Discourse-Pragmatic Variation in Context: Eight Hundred Years of like” about the many guises of “like”. Learn why “like” is useful and older than you think it is.

Keep Calm and Fry On Megan and Carrie discuss their first year of podcasting, what they’ve learned from the experience, and how vocal fry will haunt them forever.

Choice is Good; Justice is Better Carrie and Megan talk with Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson, PhD student at the University of Arizona, about the language around reproductive rights, reproductive justice and abortion.

Word Slut Megan and Carrie talk with Amanda Montell about her new book wordslut: a feminist guide to taking back the english language.

Cheaper Than Therapy Megan and Carrie chat with Dr. Anna Marie Trester, founder of Career Linguist, about the importance of linguistics to the workplace. (Employers: you need us!)

What’s in a Name Carrie and Megan talk to Dr. Laurel MacKenzie, Assistant Professor at NYU, about all things names.

Southern American English

Southern Fried 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.

Down in the Holler Carrie and Megan talk with Dr 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.

The UK

Calling London Carrie and Megan talk with Issa Wurie, cohost of the Young Free and Coupled podcast, about South London dialects and slang.

Your Language Sounds Like it has a Drawbridge Carrie and Megan talk to Dr Sadie Ryan, host of the Accentricity podcast, the podcast that examines the eccentricities of language and identity and how the way we talk connects to who we are.

Vocal Fry

Uppity Women 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.

Keep Calm and Fry On Megan and Carrie discuss their first year of podcasting, what they’ve learned from the experience, and how vocal fry will haunt them forever.

Salt Fat Acid SHADE Megan and Carrie answer your questions about jerk linguists, the alt right and vocal fry.

Beyoncé, Hoodies and Obama Linguistics Carrie and Megan talk with Dr Nicole Holliday, Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Pomona College about Black English, biracial language, vocal fry, intonation, and the field of Obama linguistics.

Everybody Hertz Megan and Carrie talk to Dr Lisa Davidson, Professor of Linguistics at New York University, about the terms used by journalists to describe language and accents (and why they are so often problematic).

White Supremacy

Dismantling White Supremacy Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Anne Charity Hudley, Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, about how to dismantle white supremacy in linguistics.

Sounds about White Megan and Carrie talk with JPB Gerald, host of Unstandardized English, a podcast about language teaching, race, and whiteness, EdD student and adult educator about whiteness in language education.