Radiolab: Words

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  1. “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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Radiolab: Words that Change the World

    Susan Schaller believes that the best idea she ever had in her life had to do with an isolated young man she met one day at a community college. He was 27-years-old at the time, and though he had been born deaf, no one had ever taught him to sign. He had lived his entire life without language—until Susan found a way to reach out to him.

    Charles Fernyhough doesn’t think that very young children think—at least not in a way he’d recognize as thinking. Charles explains what he means by walking us through an experiment in a white room. And Elizabeth Spelke weighs in with research from her baby lab—which suggests a child’s brain begins as a series of islands, until it can find the right words and phrases to bridge the gaps.

    James Shapiro, a Shakespeare scholar at Columbia, argues that Shakespeare behaved more like a chemist than a writer: by smashing words together—words like eye and ball—he created new words, and new ways of seeing the world.

    —Huffduffed by jane

  5. New Words, New World - Radiolab WNYC

    In the late 1970s, a new language was born. And Ann Senghas, Associate Professor of Psychology at Barnard, has spent the last 30 years helping to decode it. In 1978, 50 deaf children entered a newly formed school—a school in which the teachers (who didn’t sign) taught in Spanish. No one knows exactly how it happened, but in the next few years—on school buses and in the playground—these kids invented a set of common words and grammar that opened up a whole new way of communicating, and even thinking.

    —Huffduffed by fjordaan

  6. RadioLab - Vanishing Words

    Agatha Christie’s clever detective novels may reveal more about the inner workings of the human mind than she intended. In this podcast, a look at what scientists uncover when they treat words like data.

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    —Huffduffed by jtheiss