The biggest idea in linguistics is back on the table.
Is there such a thing as the Universal Grammar? Do you have to have a human brain to learn language, or is learning a language just like learning anything else? And are one man’s insights into Amazonian languages sufficient to demolish this theoretical edifice?
Linguists Dan Everett and Lynne Murphy talk to Daniel, Ben, and Kylie on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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Warning: Bad linguistics alert
‘Th’ sound to vanish from English language by 2066 because of multiculturalism, say linguists
Here’s how the English language could sound incredibly different in 50 years
Our accents are under threat: dialects may die as computers strip the beauty from language
It’s the end of the frog and toad for regional slang, says report
Better linguistics alert
Researchers are using an app to crowdsource how the English language has changed
How do you say ‘scone’? English regional accents decline as ‘southern’ accent becomes widespread
How London has killed off elements of local dialects across England – in seven maps
New Scientist: The Electric Kool-Aid language test
Dan Everett: Who’s afraid of the big bad Wolfe? Apparently everyone.
Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005
A banner day for profanity
An Oxford linguist on the dangers of dismissing comments about sexual assault as “locker-room talk”
“Locker room” language encourages rape culture, even if it stays private
Lynne Murphy on Twitter: @lynneguist
Lynne’s blog: Separated by a Common Language
Linguistics explains why Trump sounds racist when he says “the” African Americans
Everything that was said at the second Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton debate, highlighted
“open mic” and “on the mic”
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