What’s the relationship between climate and sound?
A linguist has released a trio of papers showing that the sounds we use may be influenced by the air we breathe.
Is there anything to it? How have other scientists reacted? And how does an idea change minds?
Daniel, Ben, and Kylie talk with Caleb Everett on this episode of Talk the Talk.
The Talk the Talk team takes the stage in a special live episode at the Disrupted Festival.
The Yawuru language of Western Australia has been going dormant, but many courageous teachers are bringing it back for a new generation. Is it working? What is it to learn and teach one’s traditional language? And what is the Yawuru language like?
Daniel, Ben, and Kylie are joined by our special guest Dalisa Pigram on this episode of Talk the Talk.
Simon Tam has won his case before the US Supreme Court, allowing him to trademark the name of his all-Asian rock band, the Slants. But this ruling opens the door to people who want to trademark other offensive names — or hold on to existing ones. Is that okay? How do we distinguish between reclamation and vilification?
Linguist Daniel Midgley talks it over with Simon Tam on this episode of Talk the Talk.
Humour is a very human thing to do, but can computers learn to do it? They will, if the new generation of computational linguists has their way. But what would a computer find funny? And are computer scientists funny enough to pull this off?
Daniel, Ben, and Kylie get serious about comedy on this episode of Talk the Talk.
This week, we are buried under an avalanche of words, and we’re trying to dig ourselves out. Yes, covfefe happened, but Wonder Woman has also given rise to an ascendant gynocracy. And what about that spelling bee?
Daniel, Kylie, and Ben are looking at all the words on this episode of Talk the Talk.
Many people have thought so. And this thought has worked its way into an enormously popular idea called the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis. Yet linguists often dismiss this idea as unfounded. So what’s the story?
Daniel, Ben, and Kylie begin an exploration of language, perception, and mind on this episode of Talk the Talk.
Is there anything you can do to help babies learn language?
Babies do a great job of learning language, but it’s still a pretty complex undertaking. Who wouldn’t like to help the little tackers figure it out? But does anything help babies learn language? Baby signs? Special toys?
Daniel, Ben, and Kylie are delving into the research on this episode of Talk the Talk.
We used to use a lot of letters that no longer exist. They had names like eth, wynn, thorn, and ash. Ben, Kylie, and Daniel talk about what they looked like, how they sounded… and ampersand‘s secret past.
It’s all happening on this episode of Talk the Talk.