Wait — you mean people are doing something new in English? They sure are.

It’s happening to the word wait, and it’s been spotted by famed sociolinguist Dr Sali Tagliamonte of the University of Toronto. Do you start sentences with this word? What does it convey?

Dr Tagliamonte tells us about her new research into these discourse-pragmatic markers, and why they really do carry a lot of meaning. It’s on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

Engineers translate brain signals directly into speech: Advance marks critical step toward brain-computer interfaces that hold immense promise for those with limited or no ability to speak — ScienceDaily

Towards reconstructing intelligible speech from the human auditory cortex | Scientific Reports

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Teen zebra finches seek moms’ approval for their new tunes | Science | AAAS

The sound of music: How the songbird learns its melody | EurekAlert! Science News

Female Social Feedback Reveals Non-imitative Mechanisms of Vocal Learning in Zebra Finches: Current Biology

Pupil’s brain recognizes the perfect teacher: Social brain lights up in juvenile songbirds that find a singing mentor — ScienceDaily

Sali A. Tagliamonte: Research

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