Talk The Talk

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A show about linguistics, the science of language, on RTRFM 92.1 community radio, Perth.

Episodios

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

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

    31/03/2021 Duración: 01h46min

    For many students, university opens up new frontiers of learning — and new ways to be marginalised for their language use. A new book explores the problem of linguistic discrimination in higher education, and how to work toward fixing it. Also: Danish presents an unusual challenge for those who try to learn it — even babies. Why is Danish like this, and what does it tell us about language?

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

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

    17/03/2021 Duración: 01h39min

    What’s a corpsicle? How old is the word hyperspace? Who was the first writer to use the term warp drive? These and many other terms can be found in the landmark work The Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction, and with us is the editor, lexicographer Jesse Sheidlower.

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

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

    09/02/2021 Duración: 01h28min

    Kamala Harris is the first woman — and woman of colour — to be Vice President of the United States. In the campaign, she had to pull off a tricky task: stay true to her voice and multiple aspects of her identity by employing features of African-American English that would resonate with Black voters, but that wouldn’t alienate white voters. How did she do it? Dr Nicole Holliday joins Ben, Hedvig, and Daniel on this episode of Because Language.

  • 18: Swearin Time (with Kory Stamper)

    18: Swearin' Time (with Kory Stamper)

    19/01/2021 Duración: 01h28min

    There's a new show on Netflix, and it's The History of Swearing, featuring Nicolas Cage. Backing him up is a team of researchers, comedians — and one of our favourite lexicographers, Kory Stamper. Kory tells us all about the show on this episode of Because Language.

  • 12: Mailbag: Will Ben Get It Right?

    12: Mailbag: Will Ben Get It Right?

    23/12/2020 Duración: 01h10min

    The questions keep coming! Let’s answer them. Why is “Live Laugh Love” in that order? Why do we talk about “getting out the vote”? Why is the L sound creeping into some words? What can computer languages tell us about human languages? Is there a word for turning a label into an insult, like Dumbocrats or Repuglicans?

  • 17: Words of the Week of the Year 2020

    17: Words of the Week of the Year 2020

    22/12/2020 Duración: 01h49min

    On this momentous episode, we look back on all the words that made our year. Like, all of them. Including some from other languages. Many words were discussed in the context of the annual vote of the American Dialect Society, but the greatest were voted on by you, the listeners. Ready? Let’s talk words!

  • 16: Mailbag of Spedrun

    16: Mailbag of Spedrun

    08/12/2020 Duración: 01h14min

    Our Mailbag is at capacity! Time to get to these questions. We have pronouns and proverbs. So why don’t we have proadjectives and proadverbs? Is it on accident, or by accident? What’s the past tense of speedrun? When has a loanword become just another word? Why do we say we’re going ham? Why do people pronounce dynasty differently? When we talk about accents, why is so much of the discussion about vowels?

  • 15: Xenolanguage (with Kathryn Hymes)

    15: Xenolanguage (with Kathryn Hymes)

    30/11/2020 Duración: 01h12min

    If you love language, and you also love role-playing games with a sci-fi flair, then you're going to want to check out the new game Xenolanguage. It allows players to make first contact and decipher alien messages while working through their tangled personal relationships. Kathryn Hymes of Thorny Games joins us for this episode.

  • 14: Word Jail (with Ian Cushing)

    14: Word Jail (with Ian Cushing)

    10/11/2020 Duración: 01h14min

    Schools are banning words and policing language. It may be a well-meaning attempt to encourage good language habits, but it also perpetuates troubling language ideologies that may be harming the very students that schools are committed to educate. Linguist Ian Cushing tells us about his findings.

  • 13: White Supremacy (with Kelly Wright)

    13: White Supremacy (with Kelly Wright)

    29/10/2020 Duración: 01h25min

    The definition of white supremacy: is it expanding, or are we just getting better at recognising it and its reach? How does white supremacy show itself in language and in linguistics? Kelly Wright talks about her work in sociolinguistics, and how we all can do better.

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

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

    09/10/2020 Duración: 01h05min

    Aboriginal English has been around a long while, but linguists have not taken the opportunity to really listen to the voices of Aboriginal people. Two researchers are changing that. They're gathering stories to find out what Aboriginal English is like, and how it's changing. Daniel sits down with them for a wicked long yarn on this episode of Because Language.

  • 10: Whats with Wugs?

    10: What's with Wugs?

    28/09/2020 Duración: 01h12min

    These cute critters, once part of a pioneering study in child language acquisition, have become an unofficial mascot of linguistics. But now they’re part of a tussle over intellectual property. We do our best to talk through the Wug test and the surrounding struggle.  

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

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

    18/09/2020 Duración: 01h41min

    OzCLO is the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad, where Australian high school students compete with others around the world by solving language puzzles. This week, we've invited some of Australia's best students to test their linguistic knowledge against us! Who will prevail?

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

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

    06/09/2020 Duración: 01h06min

    Blog post: http://becauselanguage.com/8-how-translatable-are-languages/ Patreon: http://patreon.com/becauselangpod/ Language and culture are intertwined, and a new research project discovers that the meanings of words diverge as culture does. But this big-data experiment is attracting the ire of anthropologists. Why the friction? Researcher Gary Lupyan joins us for this episode of Because Language.  

  • 7: Mailbag of One Wrong Answer

    7: Mailbag of One Wrong Answer

    24/08/2020 Duración: 01h09min

    Our ever-popular Mailbag is bursting with questions, so let’s get to them! How do you communicate expressively with a mask on? Which was the first language with a set spelling? Why is the word caterpillar so long? Did it come later? Why are some news outlets writing “since the pandemic begun“? As prescriptive linguists, can we reasonably disagree with someone’s definition of a word, if that definition is being used by people?

  • 6: Decolonising Linguistics: Grammars (with Hannah Gibson)

    6: Decolonising Linguistics: Grammars (with Hannah Gibson)

    11/08/2020 Duración: 01h23min

    Linguistics as a discipline has some work to do when it comes to examining and eliminating the legacy of colonialism. How do we do it? And how do we feel about the overtly evangelical agenda of a lot of linguistic work? Dr Hannah Gibson joins us.

  • 5: The LSA Open Letter

    5: The LSA Open Letter

    22/07/2020 Duración: 01h09min

    An open letter to the LSA has ignited a furious debate among linguists and the wider public about who represents public linguistics — and who gets to set the terms of acceptable public debate. The establishmentarians say it’s about free expression. We think it’s about power. If you’re wondering what’s going on, this bonus episode is for you.

  • 4: Bilingual Advantages (with Iryna Khodos)

    4: Bilingual Advantages (with Iryna Khodos)

    14/07/2020 Duración: 01h18min

    We’ve heard a lot about the cognitive benefits of bilingualism. But then we’ve also seen a lot of the supposed benefits get walked back. What are the facts? Does being bilingual provide any cognitive advantage? What factors does this depend on? What is bilingualism anyway? We’re talking to researcher Iryna Khodos on this episode of Because Language.

  • 3: Lets Talk (with David Crystal)

    3: Let's Talk (with David Crystal)

    06/07/2020 Duración: 01h13min

    Show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/3-lets-talk/ Subscribe: http://becauselanguage.com/listen/ How does conversation work? Why are videoconference calls so awkward and terrible? Why can we say goodbye multiple times in a conversation, but good morning only once? And how do we get good at being a conversationalist? David Crystal tells us about his book Let’s Talk on this episode of Because Language.

  • 2: Mailbag of Iconoclasm

    2: Mailbag of Iconoclasm

    16/06/2020 Duración: 58min

    Time to get to this Mailbag! Why are flip-flops called 'thongs'? When people write the date as '7 April' or 'April 7', do they also say it that way? Why do we add 'up' to verbs like 'cut up' or 'eat up'? Why do some words have opposite meanings?

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