Along the way, we’re going to find out some pretty strange things about how words and phrases got to be how they are. Do you say zero or oh? What is begging the question? And has the French /r/ always been like that?
Daniel, Ben, and Kylie answer them all on this episode of Talk the Talk.
LIKE is often used and often reviled these days, but not everyone realises that LIKE has a long history. And it follows regular patterns — patterns we seem to know instinctively, but which we have a hard time articulating. How did LIKE get this way, and should you be trying to stop using it?
Daniel talks to sociolinguist Alexandra D’Arcy on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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We’re starting to understand synaesthesia — the blending of senses that some people experience. Now language researchers are using synaesthesia to understand how we process language, and even how language got started in the first place.
Linguist Daniel Midgley finds the synaesthete in all of us on this episode of Talk the Talk.
To find a rhyme for silver
Or any “rhymeless rhyme”
Requires only will, ver-
bosity and time
A woman asked me to rhyme a penguin.
I said, “Does the erstwhile Emperor Eng win?
If not, I’ll send a brand-new tractor
To “Big Boy” Williams, cinemactor;
On the card attached, a smiling penguin
Will say, “You’re truly a man among men, Guinn.”
“All right,” she said, “so now rhyme silver,”
But I left because I’d had my filver.