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

Thursday 18th July / presented by Hedvig Skirgård Daniel Midgley

Take a tornado. Add some sharks. You've got a sharknado.

But it's not just sharks that can leap out of their normal context. It looks like -nado is jumping free and becoming a combining form — a part of a word that is becoming its own productive morpheme, as in firenado.

What others are there? We'll find out 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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