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The Vocal Fries

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The 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. To join our email list and get updates o...Show More

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Episode 15: Basque-ing in the European Sun

53:40 | Feb 26th, 2018

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.

Episode 13: We're Ghana Talk English

39:29 | Jan 29th, 2018

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, ...Show More

Episode 1: Uppity Women

31:49 | Jul 15th, 2017

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 f...Show More

Episode 39: The Kids are Alright

35:16 | Jan 28th

Carrie interviews Megan about child language acquisition and why correcting kids' "mistakes" is not worth your time.

Episode 38: Looking Like a Language, Sounding Like a Podcast

1:00:40 | Jan 14th

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". We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so w...Show More

Episode 37: Bilingualism isn’t just for white kids

57:51 | Dec 31st, 2018

Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Abby Bajuniemi about heritage languages and heritage language speakers. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at patreon.com/vo...Show More

Episode 36: The Latino Threat Narrative

1:03:53 | Dec 10th, 2018

Carrie and Megan talk with Dr. Matthew Garley, Assistant Professor at CUNY, York College, about the use of Spanish and Spanglish in rap. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly re...Show More

Episode 35: How Millennials are Destroying the Philly Accent

1:02:49 | Nov 26th, 2018

Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Betsy Sneller, Postdoc at Georgetown University about all things Philadelphia English. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation a...Show More

Episode 34: The Rock was the Rock before the Rock, b'y

1:18:58 | Nov 12th, 2018

Carrie and Megan talk with Tracy O'Brien, literature PhD student at the University of Toronto, about all things Newfoundland. Yes b'y. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly recu...Show More

Episode 33: Salt Fat Acid SHADE

55:51 | Oct 29th, 2018

Megan and Carrie answer your questions about jerk linguists, the alt right and vocal fry. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at patreon.com/vocalfriespod. ...Show More

Episode 32: Bat Signals

39:54 | Oct 15th, 2018

It's another Halloween episode! Megan and Carrie talk about bats, wolves and ... prairie dogs? We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at patreon.com/vocalfries...Show More

Episode 31: Todos/Todas/Todes

1:06:55 | Oct 1st, 2018

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. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could ...Show More

Episode 30: Neaux French Left Behind

57:42 | Sep 17th, 2018

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. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we ...Show More

Episode 29: Means Doesn’t Rhyme with New Orleans

54:43 | Aug 27th, 2018

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. We're an indie podcast with limited resources...Show More

Episode 28: Down the Shore

51:01 | Aug 13th, 2018

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. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. Y...Show More

Episode 27: Keep Calm and Fry On

46:40 | Jul 30th, 2018

Megan and Carrie discuss their first year of podcasting, what they've learned from the experience, and how vocal fry will haunt them forever. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a month...Show More

Episode 26: Ope, Just Gonna Sneak Right Past Ya and Grab the Ranch

52:41 | Jul 16th, 2018

Carrie and Megan talk with Amanda and Lucy from the Wine and Crime podcast about all things Minnesota. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at patreon.com/vo...Show More

Episode 25: Don't Mind the Gap

55:55 | Jul 2nd, 2018

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 chi...Show More

Episode 24: Patreon Bonus Episode Preview

17:02 | Jun 28th, 2018

In this special bonus episode, Carrie and Megan talk about Koko the gorilla, Love Island and donuts. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at patreon.com/voc...Show More

Episode 23: Rock 'n' Rhotic

1:06:33 | Jun 18th, 2018

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. We're an indie podcast with limited r...Show More

Episode 22: There Is No Try, There Is Only Du...olingo

45:40 | Jun 4th, 2018

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. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your s...Show More

Episode 21: Learning to Love Like

1:08:16 | May 21st, 2018

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 guis...Show More

Episode 20: Calling London

54:09 | May 7th, 2018

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

Episode 19: Troublesome Terps

1:29:43 | Apr 23rd, 2018

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

Episode 18: Don't Be An Accenthole

46:28 | Apr 9th, 2018

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.

Episode 17: Literally Exploding with Nerd Rage

43:31 | Mar 26th, 2018

Megan and Carrie discuss Time's/The Muse's list of "bad" words. HEAVY SIGH.

Episode 16: Black Lives Matter

1:17:56 | Mar 12th, 2018

Carrie and Megan talk with Dr Ersula Ore from 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 stor...Show More

Episode 14: They/Them/Theirs

47:08 | Feb 12th, 2018

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

Episode 12: Two Canadians, an Australian and an American walk into a Linguistics Conference...what is this, a crossover episode?

36:55 | Jan 15th, 2018

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.

Episode 11: French (Canadian) Fries

48:04 | Jan 1st, 2018

Megan and Carrie talk with 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 Fre...Show More

Episode 10: Down in the Holler

48:21 | Dec 11th, 2017

Carrie and Megan talk with 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.

Episode 9: ChicaNO? ChicanYES!

40:10 | Nov 27th, 2017

Megan and Carrie talk with Carmen Fought about Chicano English, why it matters, and why it isn't the same as Spanglish. Carmen Fought is a Professor of Linguistics at Pitzer College.

Episode 8: Borderlands/La frontera

1:20:47 | Nov 13th, 2017

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.

Episode 7: Freaky Fryday

35:05 | Oct 30th, 2017

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!

Episode 6: A Sirious Problem

39:55 | Oct 16th, 2017

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.

Episode 5: On the Rez

42:26 | Oct 2nd, 2017

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), indigen...Show More

Episode 4: Grammar Not-zi

41:41 | Sep 18th, 2017

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 thes...Show More

Episode 3: Southern Fried

39:04 | Sep 5th, 2017

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. https://twitter.com/Beth_Troutman

Episode 2: Foul-Mouthed Women

43:13 | Aug 1st, 2017

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. Al...Show More