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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

    • Social Sciences

A podcast about linguistics, the science of language.

    14: Word Jail (with Ian Cushing)

    14: Word Jail (with Ian Cushing)

    Blog post with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/14-word-jail/
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    Schools are banning words and policing language. It may be a well-meaning attempt to encourage good language habits, but it also perpetuates troubling language ideologies that may be harming the very students that schools are committed to educate.

    Linguist Ian Cushing tells us about his findings.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    13: White Supremacy (with Kelly Wright)

    13: White Supremacy (with Kelly Wright)

    Blog post with show notes:
    http://becauselanguage.com/13-white-supremacy/
    Support the show on Patreon: http://patreon.com/join/becauselangpod

    The definition of white supremacy: is it expanding, or are we just getting better at recognising it and its reach? How does white supremacy show itself in language and in linguistics? Kelly Wright talks about her work in sociolinguistics, and how we all can do better.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    11: Aboriginal English: Yarning (with Glenys Collard and Celeste Rodriguez Louro)

    11: Aboriginal English: Yarning (with Glenys Collard and Celeste Rodriguez Louro)

    Blog post with show notes: becauselanguage.com/11-aboriginal-english-yarning/
    Patreon: patreon.com/join/becauselangpod

    Aboriginal English has been around a long while, but linguists have not taken the opportunity to really listen to the voices of Aboriginal people.

    Two researchers are changing that. They're gathering stories to find out what Aboriginal English is like, and how it's changing. Daniel sits down with them for a wicked long yarn on this episode of Because Language.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    9: OzCLO (with Henry Wu, Elisabeth Mayer, and the students of Sydney Girls School and Sydney Boys School)

    9: OzCLO (with Henry Wu, Elisabeth Mayer, and the students of Sydney Girls School and Sydney Boys School)

    Blog post with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/9-ozclo/
    How to listen: http://becauselanguage.com/listen/

    OzCLO is the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad, where Australian high school students compete with others around the world by solving language puzzles.

    This week, we've invited some of Australia's best students to test their linguistic knowledge against us! Who will prevail?

    • 1 hr 41 min
    8: How Translatable Are Languages? (with Gary Lupyan)

    8: How Translatable Are Languages? (with Gary Lupyan)

    Blog post: http://becauselanguage.com/8-how-translatable-are-languages/
    Patreon: http://patreon.com/becauselangpod/

    Language and culture are intertwined, and a new research project discovers that the meanings of words diverge as culture does.

    But this big-data experiment is attracting the ire of anthropologists. Why the friction? Researcher Gary Lupyan joins us for this episode of Because Language.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    6: Decolonising Linguistics: Grammars (with Hannah Gibson)

    6: Decolonising Linguistics: Grammars (with Hannah Gibson)

    Linguistics as a discipline has some work to do.

    • 1 hr 23 min

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