Does Bigfoot use language?
Can your brain understand a message if it’s backwards?
We don’t always understand how language works, so it’s natural that myths and legends about language should arise. Now a new book “Language Myths, Mysteries, and Magic” examines them.
Daniel Midgley talks with author, linguist, and skeptic Karen Stollznow on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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A U Kansas linguist has been approached to help with switching the Kazakh writing system to Latin script
Kazakh is spoken in Kazakhstan (of course)
It has about 11 million speakers
It’s had a number of writing systems over the years
But it might soon be joining the 70% of languages that use the Latin writing system.
Linguist, skeptic, and author Karen Stollznow
Language Myths, Mysteries, and Magic is out now from Palgrave Macmillan
OMG Ben was right. It’s grotesque.
Totally going to do this though.
Yes, employers still use graphology as a way of finding out about the personality of potential applicants. Think about that: you could be knocked out of the running for a job, based on thoroughly discredited pseudoscience.
Graphologists do no better than random chance at predicting personality traits.
What do you call a word you mispronounce because you’ve only read it? An onlyreaditism? A persephone? How about a calliope?
‘Gloomy Sunday’ by Billie Holiday
from the album A Working Day
‘Myth’ by Beach House
from the album Bloom