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Talk the Talk - a podcast about linguistics, the science of language.

Talk the Talk - a podcast about linguistics, the science of language.

Author: Daniel Midgley, Ben Ainslie, and Hedvig Skirgård

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A show about linguistics, the science of language, on RTRFM 92.1 community radio, Perth.
113 Episodes
Communities need language. But a lot of the documentation is locked up in the archives. So now linguists are teaming up with community researchers to demystify linguistic research, so that community researchers can take this work to their communities to help them speak the language. Emma Murphy of Living Languages and community researcher Caroline Hughes are talking to Daniel, Hedvig, and Ben on this episode of Talk the Talk.
We hear what we expect to hear. That's a problem in court, where covert audio recordings are often unclear. Who decides what goes into the transcript that lawyers, judges, and juries will see? We're talking to Dr Helen Fraser about forensic transcription on this episode of Talk the Talk.
What words do you constantly misspell? Are there any that make you stop and think every time you type them? We put out the call to our listeners for spelling bugbears, and we were inundated with responses. So we turned it into a top ten list. Along the way, we ask: why are these words so difficult? And are there any tips to help you spell them correctly? We try to help on this episode of Talk the Talk.
For this episode, we want to hear about the emoji usages or combinations that are unique to you and your social network. We'll unearth new patterns, or at least shine a light on the variability of digital communication. We're taking your comments live on this episode of Talk the Talk.
Indigenous languages matter. They're part of Australia's cultural heritage, and they're a way for Aboriginal people to communicate, and connect. This includes Indigenous signed languages. In the push to recognise minority languages, Indigenous signed languages deserve some attention of their own. Signed language researcher Rodney Adams is telling us all about these languages on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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.
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.
Talking to mathematical biologist Xia Hua about why some places are more linguistically diverse, and how this relates to biological diversity. News: Variation in individual vocal tracts may influence vowels over generations. Indigenous Australian Word of the Week: wominjeka "welcome", from Boon Wurrung (Victoria) Words of the Week: prorogation, bedbug, literally.
Why are some languages more systematic than others? We often hear about the irregularities in English, and other languages have them as well. But new work shows that systematicity in a language is influenced by the number of speakers in the community. How does that work? Language researcher Limor Raviv joins Daniel, Ben, and Hedvig on this episode of Talk the Talk.
When homosexuality was illegal, a secret language brought people together. In 1960s England, Polari was a creative blend of Italian, Romani, rhyming slang, and backslang, used among the LGBT community. It could be used to communicate, or to identify someone as a member of the group. Now Polari has been lost, even as some of its words have crossed over into mainstream English. We're talking to Professor Paul Baker about this lost language on this episode of Talk the Talk.
Comments (2)


I would love to see the older episodes here too!

Sep 3rd

Jim123bcb HD

I love this show, thanks for making it every week

Jul 8th
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