Talk the Talk

Talk the Talk

26: Hyphen (with Pardis Mahdavi)

It joins, it divides. It’s disappearing in some places, but it’s stronger than ever...

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24: Higher Ed Discrimination (with Gail Clements, Marnie Jo Petray, and Fabio Trecca)

For many students, university opens up new frontiers of learning — and new ways to be...

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22: Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction (with Jesse Sheidlower)

What’s a corpsicle? How old is the word hyperspace? Who was the first writer to use the...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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10: What's with Wugs?

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

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16: Mailbag of Spedrun

Our Mailbag is at capacity! Time to get to these questions. We have pronouns and proverbs. So...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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3: Let's Talk (with David Crystal)

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

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