Radiolab: The Wubi Effect

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  1. Radiolab: Words

    It’s almost impossible to imagine a world without words. But in this hour of Radiolab, we try to do just that.

    We meet a woman who taught a 27-year-old man the first words of his life, hear a firsthand account of what it feels like to have the language center of your brain wiped out by a stroke, and retrace the birth of a brand new language 30 years ago.

    —Huffduffed by jane

  2. No Metaphors – China Miéville’s Imagined Language

    For the Ariekei, who live on a distant planet in China Miéville’s latest novel Embassytown, speech is thought: “Without language for things that didn’t exist, they could hardly think them.”

    In Miéville’s Ariekei language, there is no room for metaphor, no space between the thing – or the idea – and the word. As a result, the Ariekei have no concept of lying. Language is truth, rather than merely standing in for it. Quite the opposite of any human language.

    http://www.theworld.org/2011/07/no-metaphors-allowed-china-mievilles-imagined-language/

    —Huffduffed by adactio

  3. “Words” - Radiolab, Season 8, Episode 2

    It’s almost impossible to imagine a world without words. But in this hour of Radiolab, we try to do just that.

    We meet a woman who taught a 27-year-old man the first words of his life, hear a firsthand account of what it feels like to have the language center of your brain wiped out by a stroke, and retrace the birth of a brand new language 30 years ago.

    —Huffduffed by AndrewHazlett

  4. Radiolad Podcast: Words

    s almost impossible to imagine a world without words. But in this hour of Radiolab, we try to do just that. We speak to a woman who taught a 27-year-old man the first words of his life, and we hear a firsthand account of what it feels like to have the language center of your brain wiped out by a stroke. Plus: a group of children invent an entirely new language in Nicaragua in the 1970s.

    From http://www.wnyc.org/shows/radiolab/

    —Huffduffed by michaelrose

  5. Radiolab: Words

    http://www.wnyc.org/shows/radiolab/episodes/2010/09/10

    It’s almost impossible to imagine a world without words. But in this hour of Radiolab, we try to do just that. We speak to a woman who taught a 27-year-old man the first words of his life, and we hear a firsthand account of what it feels like to have the language center of your brain wiped out by a stroke.

    —Huffduffed by Clampants