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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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Wednesday 26th July

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Wednesday 21st June

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Wednesday 14th June

Talk the Talk: Mailbag of Destiny

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Tuesday 6th June

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Tuesday 30th May

Talk the Talk: Language Does Not Determine Your Thoughts (Whorfianism 1)

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Tuesday 23rd May

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