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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 18th September

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

Wednesday 11th September

Talk the Talk: Mailbag of Uncomfortableness

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Talk the Talk: Language Hotspots (with Xia Hua)

Wednesday 4th September

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)

Tuesday 27th August

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

Tuesday 30th July

Talk The Talk: Mailbag of Processes

We’re opening up the Mailbag for another episode.

Talk the Talk: Because Internet (with Gretchen McCulloch)

Tuesday 23rd July

Talk the Talk: Because Internet (with Gretchen McCulloch)

The rules are changing. Here’s the manual.

Talk the Talk: -nado, -holic, -pocalypse: Combining Forms (Live Q&A)

Thursday 18th July

Talk the Talk: -nado, -holic, -pocalypse: Combining Forms (Live Q&A)

These word parts are coming into their own.

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

Tuesday 9th July

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)

Tuesday 25th June

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 […]