36 episodes

A podcast about linguistics, the science of language.

Because Language - a podcast about linguistics, the science of language‪.‬ Daniel Midgley, Ben Ainslie, and Hedvig Skirgård

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    • 4.7 • 70 Ratings

A podcast about linguistics, the science of language.

    42: Replicability Crisis (with Martine Grice and Bodo Winter)

    42: Replicability Crisis (with Martine Grice and Bodo Winter)

    Episode page with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/42-replicability-crisis/
    Support the show on Patreon: http://patreon.com/join/becauselangpod/

    The sciences are facing a replicability crisis. Some landmark studies were once considered settled, but then failed when they were retested. So have any linguistic experiments been toppled? And how do we fix this problem?

    Dr Martine Grice and Dr Bodo Winter have contributed to a special issue of Linguistics, and they join us for this fun episode.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    39: Is This a Reference? (with Sylvia Sierra)

    39: Is This a Reference? (with Sylvia Sierra)

    Episode page with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/39-is-this-a-reference/
    Support the show on Patreon: http://patreon.com/join/becauselangpod/

    You probably communicate with your friends using media references all the time. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But why do we include media references, when we could just talk?

    We’re having a media-heavy discussion with Dr Sylvia Sierra about her book Millennials Talking Media.

    • 1 hr 41 min
    38: Generativism 2: How It's Going (with Taylor Miller and Adam Tallman)

    38: Generativism 2: How It's Going (with Taylor Miller and Adam Tallman)

    Episode page with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/38-generativism-2-how-its-going/
    Support the show: http://patreon.com/join/becauselangpod/

    This is the second of a two-parter on generativism, the linguistic school of thought originated by Noam Chomsky. This time, it's from the perspective of early-career researchers. How is generativism relevant to them, and how do they regard its claims?

    • 1 hr 56 min
    37: Generativism 1: How It Started (with David Adger and John Goldsmith)

    37: Generativism 1: How It Started (with David Adger and John Goldsmith)

    Episode page with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/37-generativism-1-how-it-started/
    Support the show on Patreon: http://patreon.com/join/becuselangpod/

    We’re doing a deep dive into generativism, the linguistic school of thought championed by Noam Chomsky. What is generativism, and what are its claims? What is the relationship to nativism, the idea that some aspects language are inborn? And what should the next generation of generative linguists keep in mind?

    • 1 hr 50 min
    35: Something's Got to Change (with Lesley Woods and Alice Gaby)

    35: Something's Got to Change (with Lesley Woods and Alice Gaby)

    Episode page with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/35-somethings-got-to-change/
    Support the show on Patreon: http://patreon.com/join/becauselangpod/

    Linguistics as a discipline throws up challenges to Indigenous linguists. At the same time, they're the ones called upon to fix it. It can't stay like this. How do we make linguistics a safe place to work?

    Daniel, Hedvig, and Ayesha Marshall are having a yarn with Lesley Woods and Dr Alice Gaby.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    34: OzCLO 2021: 2 Cool 4 School (with Elisabeth Mayer, Henry Wu, Victoria Papaioannou, and the students of Melbourne Girls Grammar School)

    34: OzCLO 2021: 2 Cool 4 School (with Elisabeth Mayer, Henry Wu, Victoria Papaioannou, and the students of Melbourne Girls Grammar School)

    Episode page with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/34-ozclo-2021-2-cool-4-school/
    Support the show on Patreon: http://patreon.com/join/becauselangpod/

    OzCLO is the Australian Computational and Linguistic Olympiad. It gets students together to compete and solve linguistic problems. It’s also a gateway to further linguistic study.

    We’ve brought some of the winning students to compete in a linguistic quiz with Ben and Hedvig. Will it go well for them?

    • 1 hr 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

Licia WordSmith ,

So good

Smart and funny. Love language 😄

planet Perth ,

Brilliant!!!

Fantastic fun and always interesting podcast.

Rusuddurdirctitfi ,

go mr ainslie

Wen Mr Ainslie told us about his podcast we had no idea what linguistics were and were damn right confused, but i mean, mr ainslie’s in it, it’s gotta be good. gave it a try and jesus its good.

keep being a legend mr ainslie <3
——— pattyphan

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