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Daniel Midgley is the resident linguist of RTRfm, so he’s the go-to guy when people ask “Is go-to a word?” He teaches linguistics at Edith Cowan University and the University of Western Australia. He likes language history, language technology, and making up plausible words in Scrabble. He can beat anyone in Letterpress.

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Talk the Talk: Genericide (live from Camp Doogs)

Wednesday 11th October

Talk the Talk: Genericide (live from Camp Doogs)

When companies wish you wouldn’t use their trademark names.

Talk the Talk: Creoles 2 (featuring John McWhorter)

Wednesday 4th October

Talk the Talk: Creoles 2 (featuring John McWhorter)

How do creole languages arise? A response to a new and controversial paper.

Talk the Talk: Creoles 1 (featuring Damián Blasi)

Tuesday 26th September

Talk the Talk: Creoles 1 (featuring Damián Blasi)

A new paper is challenging our views on how creole languages start.

Talk the Talk: Mailbag of Wonder

Thursday 21st September

Talk the Talk: Mailbag of Wonder

Another instalment of our ever-popular question show.

Talk the Talk: Is Grammar Elitist?

Thursday 14th September

Talk the Talk: Is Grammar Elitist?

Grammar holds language together, but what about grammar snobbishness?

Talk the Talk: Men Splain Things to Me (featuring Lara B. Sharp)

Tuesday 5th September

Talk the Talk: Men Splain Things to Me (featuring Lara B. Sharp)

Hear the ‘splain. Feel the pain.

Talk the Talk: West African Pidgin English

Tuesday 29th August

Talk the Talk: West African Pidgin English

West African Pidgin English bursts onto the world stage.

Talk the Talk: Let’s Hear It for the Speechies (featuring Jamaica Grantis)

Thursday 24th August

Talk the Talk: Let’s Hear It for the Speechies (featuring Jamaica Grantis)

Speech pathology is as much about access as it is about accent.

Talk the Talk: Geophonetics, Part 3 (featuring Caleb Everett)

Wednesday 9th August

Talk the Talk: Geophonetics, Part 3 (featuring Caleb Everett)

Does ambient humidity exert a subtle influence on language sounds over time?