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Talk the Talk: Mailbag of Uncomfortableness

Wednesday 11th September / presented by Hedvig Skirgård Daniel Midgley Ben Ainslie

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The mail keeps coming, and we keep answering.

• Is English really a dialect of Chinese?
• Why do people say “uncomfortableness”, when we already have “discomfort”?
• Are "ankh” and “anchor” related?
• How does learning traditional languages help communities?
• Is there a better Noongar word for “white fella” if you’re not a fellow?
• Is “mire” one syllable or two?
• Why do people say they're “finna” do something?
• Where does the word “Carlton" come from?
• And listeners report back on “yeah no” in other languages.

All this and more 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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