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Here’s a linguistic puzzle: Why does “I like you” sound okay, but “Like you I” sounds weird and Yoda-ish? Well, that’s just how English rolls: subjects come first. But surprisingly, most other human languages put their subjects first, too. But why?

Ben, Daniel, and Hedvig get structural on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

Hedvig’s blog: Humans Who Read Grammars

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Smiley Lore 🙂

Gender-neutral emoji approved for 2017

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This Year’s New Emoji Include a Hedgehog, Barf, and Brain, and, Yes, Finally, a Merman

Final 2017 Emoji List

Reply All: #69 Disappeared (about YAAAS)

Feature 81A: Order of Subject, Object and Verb

How to Understand the Deep Structures of Language

Charades reveals a universal sentence structure

At the origin of language structure

Charades does not reveal a universal sentence structure II

Why are some word orders more common than others? A uniform information density account

Political correctness: how the right invented a phantom enemy

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