John McWhorter makes linguistic sense of seemingly arbitrary children’s verse.
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In this episode, we continue our look at the gradual emergence of Middle English from the linguistic rubble left in the wake of the Norman Conquest. English remained fractured and broken, and foreign influences continued to come in. We explore the changing language of the Peterborough Chronicle. We also examine how a merchant’s failed attempt to buy some eggs shaped the history of the English language.
Professor Steven Pinker joins Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright in the studio for a wide-ranging talk about his love of, and life working in, language. Steven is Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and he’s come up with some of the biggest and most exciting ideas about language. His books include The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and most recently, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.
It’s easier to get people to stop speaking a language than to take it up again. Just ask the Irish. | Public Radio International
For centuries, colonialists, church leaders and educators discouraged Irish people from using their native tongue. When Ireland won independence, its leaders had no idea just how difficult it would be to bring the language back. Despite that, there’s hope for Irish today.
At the frontiers of computing and language, new developments are producing shock waves that have yet to hit the mainstream. Automated tweeters relate every word in the dictionary and assemble sonnets out of the metrical, rhyming tweets of others. Interactive fiction connects wordplay and world-building and models the social norms of the Regency romance. Coders develop languages that are programmed with images, recipes, and Shakespearean-style plays. This panel will consider the fundamental questions about computing and language that these projects are raising, explore exactly how these provocations operate, and look at how new projects relate to each other.
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Jean Berko Gleason is a legend in the field of psycholinguistics — how language emerges, and what it tells us about how we think and who we are. We keep learning about the human gift, as she puts it, to be conscious of ourselves and to comment on that.
Dr Lynne Murphy celebrates those little tiny words that glue our lives together and make our language work. It is about learning to love those words, about treasuring them and keeping them safe. It is about appreciating those little things in life and one little word particular that I haven’t used in this post.
Any guesses what it might be?
Lynne Murphy is a Reader in Linguistics at University of Sussex.
WARNING: this episode is full of FOUL PROFANE LANGUAGE. I suggest you don’t listen to it through loudspeakers at a christening.
Today I’m trying to figure out why ‘cunt’ is considered to be a ruder swear word than others like ‘twat’ which mean the same thing, or male equivalents like ‘dick’ and ‘knob’. A few hundred years ago, cunt was sufficiently not-rude that there were streets named Gropecunt Lane in most of Britain’s major market towns; yet now, it is top tier of the hierarchy of offensiveness. But maybe in another few hundred years, it will have been supplanted by ‘swear word’ or ‘Jeff’.
You’d think you could trust dictionaries, but it turns out, they are riddled with LIES.
Delivering this upsetting news is Eley Williams, who is just finishing up her PhD about mountweazels, esquivalience and other hoax words that lexicographers have snuck into dictionaries.
A social media mistake for the record books, and a quiet saint of Wikipedia.
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