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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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Tuesday 12th February

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Talk the Talk: Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish (with Zalmen Mlotek and Motl Didner)

Wednesday 6th February

Talk the Talk: Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish (with Zalmen Mlotek and Motl Didner)

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Talk the Talk: Microcosm (featuring Rachel Hendry)

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

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