Tonight, the Perpetual Notion Machine examines the many intricacies of spoken accents, that is, how people speak and pronounce words and phrases in different parts of the country, but we mostly focus on the Midwest and Wisconsin. Our guest is Joe Salmons, a professor in language sciences at UW-Madison and Director of the Center for […]
Research has shown time and again that women’s voices are judged more harshly than men’s. For example, on the campaign trail, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was criticized for having an off-putting “shrill” voice. Younger women are often mocked or taken less seriously for their use of “vocal fry,” which became headline news in 2015 and […]
Is it pop or soda? Do you say bubbler or water fountain? On Wednesday October 16th, our host Tim Hansel discussed the book “Wisconsin Talk: Linguistic Diversity in the Badger State” with one of its authors Eric Raimy. We learned a lot about the history of Wisconsin dialect, how the linguistics differ around the state, and why we say certain phrases or words here in the badger state.
English speakers use a polyglot language of Germanic origins, littered with Latin, French, Arabic, Yiddish and slang from nearly every generation and who knows what else. English changes constantly. Now, with the internet, it’s changing almost daily. Anja Wanner, a linguist with the University of Wisconsin, studies how the internet changes the English language. She […]