People are great at describing colours, but smells? Not so much.

Could that be because of the language we speak? Just how does language influence our perception?

Linguist Daniel Midgley takes us into a great debate on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

Odors are expressible in language. The language helps.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140103085248.htm

A comment from the Linguistic Society of America on the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis: “Does the Language I Speak Influence the Way I Think?”
http://www.linguisticsociety.org/content/does-language-i-speak-influence-way-i-think

Whorf and Hopi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hopi_time_controversy

Discussion of the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis on Reddit
http://www.reddit.com/r/linguistics/comments/1nt946/why_is_the_whorf_hypothesis_still_a_hypothesis/

Interesting work from Lera Boroditsky on gender: the moon and bridges.
http://www.livescience.com/15859-odd-numbers-male-female.html

Reply to Boroditsky (PDF)
http://www.linguistics.ucla.edu/people/schuh/lx001/Discussion/d01_response_to%20Boroditsky.pdf

The folks at Psychology Today think that the effects of grammatical gender bleed over into attitudes about natural gender.
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/culture-conscious/201209/masculine-or-feminine-and-why-it-matters
We’ve taken this on in Episode 30: Swedish Pronouns and Gender.

‘Coward punch’: will it replace ‘king hit’?

Danny Green is behind it.
http://www.smh.com.au/national/danny-green-weighs-in-with-tv-ad-to-stop-violence-20140114-30t4b.html


Show tunes

‘The Sober Scent of Paper’ by the Leisure Society
from the album Alone Aboard the Ark

‘You’ve Got Good Taste’ by the Cramps
from the album Smell of Female