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Talk the Talk: Bugger All (with Isabelle Burke)

Wednesday 18th September / presented by Hedvig Skirgård Daniel Midgley Ben Ainslie

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You might do nothing. You might do zilch. But if you do bugger all, you're really doing the minimum.

But wait — how did the phrase "bugger all" become a negative, in the complete absence of any negative words?

There are larger forces at work here, and Dr Isabelle Burke joins us to explain them on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Talk the Talk is RTRFM’s weekly show about linguistics, the science of language.

Linguists Daniel Midgley and Hedvig Skirgård and smart person Ben Ainslie tackle language change, language tech, new words, society, minority languages, language and the mind, and much more.

Daniel teaches linguistics at the University of Western Australia. Hedvig is a linguist at ANU studying Pacific languages. Ben teaches media studies to the next generation of Western Australia’s secondary school students. Together, they look at language in all its variety and splendour while listening to some great tunes.


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