A new edition of Shakespeare’s works credits another author — Christopher Marlowe — with some of the Bard’s work. But how can you tell? Is this just another Shakespearean conspiracy theory? And what does this mean for Shakespeare’s legacy?
Scholar and skeptic Eve Siebert talks with Daniel, Kylie, and Ben on this episode of Talk the Talk.
Names contain a great deal of history, including our own personal history. Does your name have a meaning? How do names come about, and what are the conventions of naming in other places? And what about names that are vocationally appropriate?
Daniel, Ben, and Kylie are taking names on this episode of Talk the Talk.
The biggest idea in linguistics is back on the table.
Is there such a thing as the Universal Grammar? Do you have to have a human brain to learn language, or is learning a language just like learning anything else? And are one man’s insights into Amazonian languages sufficient to demolish this theoretical edifice?
Linguists Dan Everett and Lynne Murphy talk to Daniel, Ben, and Kylie on this episode of Talk the Talk.
An etymology is a story about how a word or phrase got to be that way. How did your favourite phrases come about? Is it possible that the origins you’ve heard are not quite true? And how can you spot a fishy story?
Daniel, Ben, and Kylie are coming at you live for this episode of Talk the Talk.
Are you constantly getting interrupted… or manterrupted?
Well, you’re in good company. After the first Trump/Clinton debate, we couldn’t help but notice a certain man continually talking over a certain woman. So for this episode, we’re talking language and men and women, and we’re going find out who talks more, once and for all.
Linguist Daniel Midgley explains — but doesn’t mansplain — on this episode of Talk the Talk.
Why do all human languages resemble each other? And how do children learn language so fast?
For many linguists, the answer is Universal Grammar. It’s one of the biggest ideas in linguistics, but now it might possibly be coming unstuck. What is it, and what does its acceptance or rejection mean for modern linguistics?
Linguist Daniel Midgley has something for everyone on this episode of Talk the Talk.
Language learning is important. Loads of kids are taking languages other than English (or LOTE). Lots of people are teaching them.
But for all that, we’re just not learning them. So why not? Are we doing it wrong? Not starting early enough? Or is it the culture of language learning in English-speaking countries? More importantly, how do we fix it?
Language teacher Annie Demosthenous chats with Daniel, Ben, and Kylie on this episode of Talk the Talk.