Why do words appear the way they do?
Why aren’t words the same in every language?
Sometimes it doesn’t seem to make any sense. But new research shows that maybe language is not as arbitrary as it seems.
Linguist Daniel Midgley makes sense of the chaos on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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Promo with Kylie Sturgess
James Chapman’s Tumblr blog
20 Actually Useful Chengyu (成语)
How to say “third wheel” in French?
LiveJournal: third wheel
Third wheel? Fifth wheel? (Try control-clicking on the lines to make them collapse.)
Buzzfeed: What Noises Do Animals Make In Other Languages? Here Is An Important Guide
Epic of Gilgamesh Summary
Lost ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’ Verse Depicts Cacophonous Abode of Gods
The Newly Discovered Tablet V of the Epic of Gilgamesh
Back to the Cedar Forest: The beginning and end of Tablet V of the Standard Babylonian Epic of Gilgameš
Points of similarity between the Babylonian and Noachian flood stories
On the Arbitrary Nature of Linguistic Sign
Hockett’s features of human language
Hockett on arbitrariness and iconicity
Saussure knew about iconicity, despite his focus on arbitrariness
Wikipedia: Koro language
Koro–the psychological disappearance of the penis.
Koro Syndrome: The Irrational Fear of Lethal Genital Shrinkage
Languages less arbitrary than long assumed
Finding iconicity in spoken languages
Arbitrariness, Iconicity, and Systematicity in Language
Road to language learning is iconic
Language Hat: Gluckschmerz
Schadenfreude Is in the Zeitgeist, but Is There an Opposite Term?
Find the tracks we play on the RTRFM webpage for this episode.