Talk the Talk

Talk the Talk

20: Madam VP (with Nicole Holliday and Caroline Kilov)

Kamala Harris is the first woman — and woman of colour — to be Vice President of the United States. In...

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18: Swearin' Time (with Kory Stamper)

There's a new show on Netflix, and it's The History of Swearing, featuring Nicolas Cage. Backing him up is a team of...

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12: Mailbag: Will Ben Get It Right?

The questions keep coming! Let’s answer them. Why is “Live Laugh Love” in that order? Why do...

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17: Words of the Week of the Year 2020

On this momentous episode, we look back on all the words that made our year. Like, all of them. Including some from...

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10: What's with Wugs?

These cute critters, once part of a pioneering study in child language acquisition, have become an unofficial mascot...

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15: Xenolanguage (with Kathryn Hymes)

If you love language, and you also love role-playing games with a sci-fi flair, then you're going to want to check...

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14: Word Jail (with Ian Cushing)

Schools are banning words and policing language. It may be a well-meaning attempt to encourage good language habits,...

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13: White Supremacy (with Kelly Wright)

The definition of white supremacy: is it expanding, or are we just getting better at recognising it and its reach?...

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11: Aboriginal English: Yarning (with Glenys Collard and Celeste Rodriguez Louro)

Aboriginal English has been around a long while, but linguists have not taken the opportunity to really listen to the...

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9: OzCLO (with Henry Wu, Elisabeth Mayer, and the students of Sydney Girls School and Sydney Boys School)

OzCLO is the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad, where Australian high school students compete with...

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8: How Translatable Are Languages? (with Gary Lupyan)

Blog post: http://becauselanguage.com/8-how-translatable-are-languages/ Patreon: http://patreon.com/becauselangpod/...

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7: Mailbag of One Wrong Answer

Our ever-popular Mailbag is bursting with questions, so let’s get to them! How do you communicate...

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6: Decolonising Linguistics: Grammars (with Hannah Gibson)

Linguistics as a discipline has some work to do when it comes to examining and eliminating the legacy of colonialism....

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5: The LSA Open Letter

An open letter to the LSA has ignited a furious debate among linguists and the wider public about who represents...

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4: Bilingual Advantages (with Iryna Khodos)

We’ve heard a lot about the cognitive benefits of bilingualism. But then we’ve also seen a lot of the...

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3: Let's Talk (with David Crystal)

Show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/3-lets-talk/ Subscribe: http://becauselanguage.com/listen/ How does...

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2: Mailbag of Iconoclasm

Time to get to this Mailbag! Why are flip-flops called 'thongs'? When people write the date as '7 April' or...

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1: Our Favourite Things

For our first episode, we asked some of our linguist and lingo-pod friends what their favourite thing is about...

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395: Outed or Misgendered (with Cedar Brown)

"What's your pronoun?" Good question. Many people would like to be more supportive of trans and non-binary people....

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394: What’s Your Pronoun? (with Dennis Baron)

It's been a big year for singular they, but there's more than one pronoun in town. What invented pronouns have...

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