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Talk the Talk: The Language of Emotion (with Maïa Ponsonnet)

20th November 2019

Talk the Talk: The Language of Emotion (with Maïa Ponsonnet)

Language and culture are tightly bound. Or are they?

Talk the Talk: You Look Like a Thing (with Janelle Shane)

5th November 2019

Talk the Talk: You Look Like a Thing (with Janelle Shane)

Artificial intelligence will only ruin the world in ways we already have.

Talk the Talk: Mailbag of Welcome

29th October 2019

Talk the Talk: Mailbag of Welcome

Why do we say “You’re welcome”? And more.

Talk the Talk: Decolonising the Archive (with Emma Murphy and Caroline Hughes)

22nd October 2019

Talk the Talk: Decolonising the Archive (with Emma Murphy and Caroline Hughes)

Linguists and community researchers are teaming up to bring language research to communities.

Talk the Talk: Bugger All (with Isabelle Burke)

18th September 2019

Talk the Talk: Bugger All (with Isabelle Burke)

“I did bugger all.” How did this phrase come to mean “nothing”?

Talk the Talk: Mailbag of Uncomfortableness

11th September 2019

Talk the Talk: Mailbag of Uncomfortableness

We love Mailbag episodes. You will too.

Talk the Talk: Language Hotspots (with Xia Hua)

4th September 2019

Talk the Talk: Language Hotspots (with Xia Hua)

Lots of languages. Itty-bitty living space. How come?

Talk the Talk: Community Size Matters (with Limor Raviv)

27th August 2019

Talk the Talk: Community Size Matters (with Limor Raviv)

Why are some languages more systematic than others? It could come down to community size.

Talk The Talk: Mailbag of Processes

30th July 2019

Talk The Talk: Mailbag of Processes

We’re opening up the Mailbag for another episode.

Talk the Talk: Because Internet (with Gretchen McCulloch)

23rd July 2019

Talk the Talk: Because Internet (with Gretchen McCulloch)

The rules are changing. Here’s the manual.

Talk the Talk: Named Wrong (Live Q&A)

9th July 2019

Talk the Talk: Named Wrong (Live Q&A)

Times they named a thing the wrong thing.

Talk the Talk: The Grammarian Is In (with Ellen Jovin)

25th June 2019

Talk the Talk: The Grammarian Is In (with Ellen Jovin)

If you’re at a park in New York City, you may see someone at a table […]

Talk the Talk: Poetry

18th June 2019

Talk the Talk: Poetry

Poetry expresses the soul’s innermost. No wonder it’s kind of terrible.

Talk the Talk: Your Inner Prescriptivist (with Alyssa Severin)

11th June 2019

Talk the Talk: Your Inner Prescriptivist (with Alyssa Severin)

How can we have linguistic discussions with grammar sticklers?

Talk the Talk: Difficult Words (with Jane Solomon)

28th May 2019

Talk the Talk: Difficult Words (with Jane Solomon)

Juxtapose. Obfuscate. And of course, absquatulate.