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.
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.
For this episode, we put out the call to listeners, and they responded. Daniel’s taking questions and giving answers.
Should we be fustrated or listen to vinyls? Is a movie based on or based off a true story? How do you recognise gaslighting? What does a linguistics career look like? And have you got another think coming?
Daniel answers them all and more on this episode of Talk the Talk.
What can we learn about language from children who grew up without it?
People are fascinated by stories of “feral children”, raised apart from human contact. Can these children ever learn language, once they’re found? And what does this tell us about the human language faculty?
Daniel and Ben take a critical look at the stories on this episode of Talk the Talk.
Emoji have been received enthusiastically in our electronic communication, and yet complaints about them continue. Is there anything wrong with using them? Are they really the equivalent of modern-day hieroglyphics? Do they represent a step backwards?
Daniel and Ben speak with digital communications expert Vyvyan Evans, author of The Emoji Code, on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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