Talk the Talk A weekly show about linguistics, the science of language, on RTRFM 92.1 Tue, 16 Oct 2018 13:21:05 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 Talk the Talk 32 32 342: Mailbag of Vague Tue, 16 Oct 2018 02:49:20 +0000 We are once again diving into our voluminous mailbag.

Was the QWERTY layout designed to slow you down? Is English a creole language? Why does a word keep popping up over and over after you first hear it? And what is …

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341: What the F (featuring Benjamin Bergen) Tue, 09 Oct 2018 03:00:59 +0000 What’s behind swearing?

If you’re looking at the brain, an awful lot. But how do we use swearing to navigate social relationships? And do all language have swears?

We’re talking to cognitive scientist Benjamin Bergen on this episode of Talk the Talk.…

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340: Ethics in Big Data (featuring Hannah Rashkin and Maarten Sap) Mon, 01 Oct 2018 20:00:59 +0000 Do you know where your data is?

Language researchers can learn a lot from publicly available internet data. But what are the ethical issues surrounding the collection and use of this information? What about data that comes from home assistants? Does it …

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339: How English Could Be Way Cooler Tue, 25 Sep 2018 11:54:25 +0000 Other languages have good ideas too, you know.

Have you noticed something cool about another language, and wished English did that? Is there any feature of another language that you wish English had?

Daniel and Hedvig are engaging in a …

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338: Signed Language (featuring Ulrike Zeshan and Christy Filipich) Mon, 17 Sep 2018 21:51:31 +0000 The International Day of Signed Languages is upon us.

If we could look at all the signed languages in the world, what would they have in common? What misconceptions do hearing people have? And what is International Sign?

It’s all on this …

337: Getting the Bias out of Data (featuring Rob Speer and Kai-Wei Chang) Mon, 10 Sep 2018 11:53:54 +0000 People are biased. And computers learn from people.

That means our data is biased, and in a big data world, that can cause big problems.

But researchers are finding ways to turn down the bias in a dataset. We’re talking …

336: Kinship Terms Tue, 04 Sep 2018 03:00:32 +0000 What do you call your family members? No, I don’t mean like that.

We’re talking about kinship terms.
How does your language handle family relations?
Do you call your grandmothers on your mom and dad’s side the same thing?
What’s …

335: One Hundred Things (featuring Emily Bender) Tue, 28 Aug 2018 02:07:28 +0000 Language is tough. Unless you’re a human! If you’re a computer, it’s another story.

Fortunately, one professor is taking on the task of helping computational researchers understand how semantics informs human communication.

We’re having a chat with Emily Bender of …

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334: Mailbag of Darkness Tue, 21 Aug 2018 04:06:32 +0000 It’s time once again to dig into our overflowing mailbag.

  • What’s the difference between a hill, a mountain, and a mount?
  • Why do we seem to add a negative suffix to positive words, and not the other way around?
  • And
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