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Talk the Talk: Mailbag of Pronouns

Wednesday 4th December / presented by Daniel Midgley

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Again we open the Mailbag and answer our listeners' questions.

  • What do lisps sound like in languages without the 'th' sound?
  • How do gender-neutral terms work in languages with gendered pronouns?
  • Do languages get more efficient over time?
  • 'One-third' looks like 'three', so why doesn't 'half' look like 'two'?
  • Does any poetic meter mimic the "natural rhythm" of human speech?
  • How do children acquire humour?

All 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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