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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: Microcosm (featuring Rachel Hendry)

Wednesday 5th December

Talk the Talk: Microcosm (featuring Rachel Hendry)

What happens to language on a remote island?

Talk the Talk: Not Rocket Surgery (featuring Kari Sullivan and William Black)

Tuesday 27th November

Talk the Talk: Not Rocket Surgery (featuring Kari Sullivan and William Black)

Metaphors are powerful. But what happens when you mix them?

Talk the Talk: What Works (featuring Dan Dediu)

Wednesday 21st November

Talk the Talk: What Works (featuring Dan Dediu)

Language could be influenced by non-linguistic things.

Talk the Talk: Talk on the Wild Side (featuring Lane Greene)

Tuesday 13th November

Talk the Talk: Talk on the Wild Side (featuring Lane Greene)

Language refuses to be tamed, and that is good.

Talk the Talk: Coincidences and Surprising Connections (featuring Bethwyn Evans)

Tuesday 6th November

Talk the Talk: Coincidences and Surprising Connections (featuring Bethwyn Evans)

Are those words related, borrowed, or just randomly alike? The answer could have historic significance.

Talk the Talk: Moon Moons and Reduplication Reduplication

Tuesday 30th October

Talk the Talk: Moon Moons and Reduplication Reduplication

Words so nice, you say them twice.

Talk the Talk: Mailbag of Vague

Tuesday 16th October

Talk the Talk: Mailbag of Vague

Some great questions in the Mailbag this time.

Talk the Talk: What the F (featuring Benjamin Bergen)

Wednesday 10th October

Talk the Talk: What the F (featuring Benjamin Bergen)

Using cognitive science to look at swearing‽ That would be… really great, thanks.