The Vocal Fries

The Vocal Fries

www.vocalfriespod.com
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. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-vocal-fries/support


Cheaper than Therapy
Feb 17 • 57 min
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!) We’re an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set…
Wikitongues
Feb 3 • 57 min
Carrie and Megan talk with Daniel Bogre Udell, cofounder of Wikitongues, about language documentation and revitalization. We’re an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at…
Practice Makes Easier
Jan 13 • 52 min
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. —- Send in a voice message:…
Irish isn’t Just Decorative
Dec 30, 2019 • 57 min
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. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-vocal-fries/message Support this…
Living Languages
Dec 9, 2019 • 56 min
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. We’re an indie…
Between Iraq and a Hard Place
Nov 25, 2019 • 58 min
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. We’re an indie podcast…
Putting the Antics in SemAntics
Nov 16, 2019 • 66 min
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. We’re an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really…
Be Good and Be Kind
Nov 16, 2019 • 55 min
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. We’re an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use…
The (In)Visibility of Disability
Oct 7, 2019 • 74 min
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…
The Rhetoric of Xenophobia
Sep 23, 2019 • 56 min
Carrie and Megan talk to Ben Zimmer about the rhetoric of "infestation" and "invasion" and the history of their use. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at…
Everybody Hertz
Sep 9, 2019 • 70 min
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). We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we…
Your Language Sounds like it has a Drawbridge
Aug 26, 2019 • 64 min
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. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could…
To Be or Not to Be (Hamlet)
Aug 12, 2019 • 65 min
Megan and Carrie talk to Duane Daniels, actor, acting coach, director and producer, aka Principal Van Clemmons on Veronica Mars, about acting, singing and his new book You are Not Really Hamlet: And Everybody Knows It. We're an indie podcast with limited…
Megan Squared
Jul 29, 2019 • 48 min
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. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your…
Lal-apalooza
Jul 15, 2019 • 58 min
Megan and Carrie talk to Dr Lal Zimman, Assistant Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, about trans voices and vocal fry. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly…
The Final Frontier
Jul 1, 2019 • 81 min
Carrie and Megan talk to Dr Jeffrey Punske, Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and Dr Andrew McKenzie, Associate Professor at the University of Kansas, about their project on language change in space with the European Space…
Word Slut
Jun 17, 2019 • 60 min
Megan and Carrie talk with Amanda Montell about her new book wordslut: a feminist guide to taking back the english language. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at…
Choice is Good; Justice is Better
Jun 3, 2019 • 55 min
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. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your…
No hasi ko’i pendeu
May 20, 2019 • 68 min
Carrie and Megan talk with Keisha Wiel, PhD student at Temple University, about Papiamentu, a creole spoken in the Caribbean. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation…
Zom-be or Not Zom-be: That is the Question
May 6, 2019 • 74 min
Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Jamie Thomas, Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore, about zombies, Swahili, and her book "Zombies Speak Swahili". We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up…
Chatting about Chatino
Apr 22, 2019 • 56 min
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. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we…
Ha-has and Moonbeams and Yaks, Oh My!
Apr 8, 2019 • 63 min
Carrie and Megan talk with Jane Solomon about her upcoming book The Dictionary of Difficult Words. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at…
Fools Rush In
Apr 1, 2019 • 15 min
In this special episode of the Vocal Fries, we present an episode of Turn Of Phrases, a podcast about turning phrases inside out. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-vocal-fries/message Support this podcast:…
Maaate, Don’t Come the Raw Prawn with Me, Alright?
Mar 25, 2019 • 67 min
Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Tony McMahon from RMIT about all things bogan and Australia. 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. The…
Water is Life
Mar 11, 2019 • 52 min
Carrie and Megan talk with Nicole Horseherder, Diné from Arizona, about Diné Bizaad (aka Navajo). 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.…
On the Basis of Voice
Feb 24, 2019 • 49 min
Megan and Carrie talk with Kelly Wright, PhD student at the University of Michigan, about housing discrimination via dialect discrimination. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly…
Beyoncé, Hoodies and Obama Linguistics
Feb 11, 2019 • 66 min
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. We're an indie podcast with…
The Kids are Alright
Jan 28, 2019 • 35 min
Carrie interviews Megan about child language acquisition and why correcting kids' "mistakes" is not worth your time. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at…
Looking Like a Language, Sounding Like a Podcast
Jan 13, 2019 • 60 min
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 we…
Bilingualism isn’t Just for White Kids
Dec 30, 2018 • 57 min
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…
The Latino Threat Narrative
Dec 9, 2018 • 63 min
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 recurring…
How Millennials are Destroying the Philly Accent
Nov 25, 2018 • 62 min
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 at…
The Rock was the Rock before the Rock, b’y
Nov 11, 2018 • 78 min
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 recurring…
Salt Fat Acid SHADE
Oct 28, 2018 • 55 min
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. The $5…
Bat Signals
Oct 14, 2018 • 39 min
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/vocalfriespod. The…
Todos/Todas/Todes
Oct 1, 2018 • 66 min
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 really…
Neaux French Left Behind
Sep 17, 2018 • 57 min
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 could…
Means Doesn’t Rhyme with New Orleans
Aug 26, 2018 • 54 min
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, so we…
Down the Shore
Aug 12, 2018 • 51 min
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. You can…
Keep Calm and Fry On
Jul 30, 2018 • 46 min
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 monthly…
Ope, Just Gonna Sneak Right Past Ya and Grab the Ranch
Jul 15, 2018 • 52 min
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…
Don’t Mind the Gap
Jul 2, 2018 • 55 min
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…
Patreon Bonus Episode Preview
Jun 28, 2018 • 17 min
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…
Rock ‘n’ Rhotic
Jun 17, 2018 • 66 min
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…
There Is No Try, There Is Only Du…olingo
Jun 4, 2018 • 45 min
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…
Learning to Love Like
May 21, 2018 • 68 min
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…
Calling London
May 6, 2018 • 54 min
Carrie and Megan talk with Issa Wurie, cohost of the Young Free and Coupled podcast, about South London dialects and slang. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at…
Troublesome Terps
Apr 23, 2018 • 89 min
Megan and Carrie talk with Alexander Drechsel, Alexander Gansmeier and Jonathan Downie of the Troublesome Terps in this special crossover episode. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly…
Don’t Be An Accenthole
Apr 8, 2018 • 46 min
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. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we…
Literally Exploding with Nerd Rage
Mar 26, 2018 • 43 min
Megan and Carrie discuss Time's/The Muse's list of "bad" words. HEAVY SIGH. 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. The $5 a month level…
Black Lives Matter
Mar 12, 2018 • 77 min
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 story of…
Basque-ing in the European Sun
Feb 25, 2018 • 53 min
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. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use…
They/Them/Theirs
Feb 11, 2018 • 47 min
Carrie and Megan talk with Kirby Conrod, doctoral student at University of Washington, about trans language, including pronoun usage and singular they. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a…
We’re Ghana Talk English
Jan 28, 2018 • 39 min
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,…
Two Canadians, an Australian and an American walk into a Linguistics Conference…what is this, a crossover episode?
Jan 14, 2018 • 36 min
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. We're an indie podcast with…
French (Canadian) Fries
Dec 31, 2017 • 48 min
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 French,…
Down in the Holler
Dec 10, 2017 • 48 min
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. We're an indie…
ChicaNO? ChicanYES!
Nov 26, 2017 • 40 min
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. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use…
Borderlands/La frontera
Nov 12, 2017 • 80 min
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. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set…
Freaky Fryday
Oct 29, 2017 • 35 min
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! We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your…
A Sirious Problem
Oct 15, 2017 • 39 min
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. We're an…
On the Rez
Oct 2, 2017 • 42 min
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…
Grammar Not-zi
Sep 17, 2017 • 41 min
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…
Southern Fried
Sep 4, 2017 • 39 min
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 We're an indie podcast…
Foul-Mouthed Women
Jul 31, 2017 • 43 min
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,…
Uppity Women
Jul 15, 2017 • 31 min
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…