84: Diego's Discourse (with Diego Diaz)
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by Daniel Midgley and Hedvig Skirgård
2d ago
What’s happening with signed language in Argentina? How are terms for gender changing in the Spanish language? And are Zoomers making work language more casual? Listener and friend of the pod Diego Diaz has put together a terrific bunch of language news and words for our edification and enjoyment ..read more
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96: Language City (with Ross Perlin)
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by Daniel Midgley & Hedvig Skirgård
1M ago
New York City is home to a lot of languages! Sometimes a sizeable language community can live on just a couple of floors of an apartment building. Dr Ross Perlin is working to find and promote minority languages in NYC. He's the co-founder of the Endangered Language Alliance, and author of Language City: The Fight to Preserve Endangered Mother Tongues in New York. Ross joins us for this episode. Intro: 0:36 News: 8:13 Related or Not: 32:52 Interview with Ross Perlin: 43:12 Words of the Week: 1:24:13 The Reads: 1:39:54 Show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/96-language-city/ Support the show: h ..read more
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95: Why the Far-Right Demagogues Language (with Caitlin Green and Maureen Kosse)
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by Daniel Midgley and Hedvig Skirgård
1M ago
Language authorities. Right-wing politicians. White supremacists and feminists. What do they have in common? They're all working together to fight gender-inclusive language. But why bring language into this fight? What extra does this give them? Dr Caitlin Green and Maureen Kosse join us to explain on this big episode ..read more
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93: Stop! Grammar Time (live with Ellen Jovin and friends)
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by Daniel Midgley, Ben Ainslie, and Hedvig Skirgård
2M ago
In honour of Grammar Day (4 March), we are joined live by special guest Ellen Jovin, who regularly dispenses grammar advice and wisdom from the Grammar Table. Now she's testing our grammatical mettle and answering our questions.  YouTube video of this episode: https://youtu.be/C1l8Alk3Ptc?si=7pnGnuKcy9YY-mhR ..read more
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92: In the First 600 Milliseconds (with Rachel Nordlinger)
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by Daniel Midgley, Ben Ainslie, and Hedvig Skirgård
3M ago
What are your eyes doing when you describe a scene? It may depend on your language.  New research from Dr Rachel Nordlinger and team shows that we do a lot of planning and scanning very quickly, and it follows the requirements of our language. She's studied Murrinhparta, an Australian Aboriginal language, to see what its speakers do ..read more
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90: Enpoopification (with Grant Barrett and Tim Brookes)
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by Daniel Midgley, Ben Ainslie, and Hedvig Skirgård
4M ago
We’re talking words, and no one has a way with words like Grant Barrett. He’s here to tell us what it’s like at Dictionary.com, and what went down at the annual American Dialect Society Words of the Year 2023 vote. And perhaps he can help forestall Hedvig’s planned mass human extinction. Also: World Endangered Writing Day is upon us! It’s a fantastic initiative, and author Tim Brookes of Endangered Alphabets is here to lay out the case for preserving writing systems ..read more
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80: Mailbag of TLAs
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by Daniel Midgley, Ben Ainslie, and Hedvig Skirgård
4M ago
Listeners have once again sent us some great questions, and we have answers! Why do we TALK SHIT and not SPEAK SHIT? Do we KEEP OUT, or STAY OUT? Why are so many acronyms three letters long? How do we break young people out of the prescriptivist mindset? Isn’t “folk etymology” just… etymology? Can you think of any anagrams that are also synonyms? Plus our favourite game, Related or Not ..read more
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89: Words of the Week of the Year 2023 (with Cory Doctorow and friends)
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by Daniel Midgley and Ben Ainslie
5M ago
The public has voted, and a winner has been decided! We're looking all the words chosen by the various dictionary bodies, and counting down our Words of the Week of the Year.  And there's a very special interview with author, blogger, activist, and inventor of words Cory Doctorow ..read more
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87: Trans-Inclusive (with Andrew Perfors)
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by Daniel Midgley, Ben Ainslie, and Hedvig Skirgård
6M ago
What is a woman? Or a man? Or a chair, or a sandwich? Or anything, really? "Gender critical" people are making language into a vector to attack the rights of trans people. They treat categories like man and woman as binary and obvious. But cognitive linguistics has a response, in the form of a new paper in Nature Human Behaviour. Are categories concrete, or are they mental, social, or something else? How do we categorise objects at all? Author Dr Andrew Perfors brings the science on this episode ..read more
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74: Mailbag of Go
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by Daniel Midgley, Ben Ainslie, and Hedvig Skirgård
6M ago
We're going deep into our Mailbag, and we're going to answer all your questions. Why do we say "here you go" when we give something to someone? Why can we reduce something to /sʌmʔ/? The thing is is, there are two IS there. Why? Some contractions seem to've appeared, and they look strange in writing. What other ones're out there ..read more
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