30 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

    • Science
    • 4.7 • 79 Ratings

A podcast about linguistics, the science of language.

    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
    32: Fallen Leaves: The Chinese Languages (with Wu Mei-Shin, Ye Jingting, and Israel Lai)

    32: Fallen Leaves: The Chinese Languages (with Wu Mei-Shin, Ye Jingting, and Israel Lai)

    Episode page: http://becauselanguage.com/32-fallen-leaves-the-chinese-languages/
    Support the show: http://patreon.com/join/becauselangpod/

    What we call sometimes Chinese is really a gigantic family of languages. They’re somewhat divided in mutual intelligibility, and somewhat united in their writing system. How are they different, and how are they maintaining themselves? Two Chinese researchers, Wu Mei-Shin and Ye Jingting, join us.

    Also: Israel Lai of the Cantonese podcast Rhapsody in Lingo.

    • 1 hr 38 min
    29: Cultish (with Amanda Montell)

    29: Cultish (with Amanda Montell)

    Blog post with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/29-cultish/

    Support the show on Patreon: http://patreon.com/join/becauselangpod/

    Language helps us build and maintain social relationships. Cults — however we define them — exploit this function and subvert it for their own ends. Amanda Montell is the author of the new book Cultish, and she joins us for this show.

    And researcher Jared Holt explains why QAnon conspiracy catch phrases seem to be dropping off in popularity from the mainstream w

    • 1 hr 47 min
    28: The Cutting Edge (with Emma Schimke, Georgia Dempster, and Kirsten Ellis) - Pint of Science Takeover episode!

    28: The Cutting Edge (with Emma Schimke, Georgia Dempster, and Kirsten Ellis) - Pint of Science Takeover episode!

    Show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/28-the-cutting-edge/
    Become a patron and support the show: http://patreon.com/join/becauselangpod/
    We're taking over Pint of Science (or are they taking over us?) for this episode! Three researchers are presenting their work in language, and they'll also tell us what they're learning about public science communication.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    27: It’s All Semantics (live at LingFest 2021)

    27: It’s All Semantics (live at LingFest 2021)

    Blog post with show notes and video episode:
    http://becauselanguage.com/27-its-all-semantics/

    Become a patron yourself: 
    http://patreon.com/join/becauselangpod/

    Are fish wet? What is bi-weekly? And which Monday is next Monday? We’re solving some of the thorniest problems in semantics by voting, because that’s how language works! 👍

    Our great Patreon patrons join us for this episode, along with Christy Filipich on Auslan interpretation. Part of #LingFest.

    • 1 hr 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

Elspeth Wiggins ,

This is my favourite podcast by far

The three co-hosts — two linguists, Daniel and Hedvig, and the far-from-everyman teacher, Ben — play off each other wonderfully, full of humor, self-deprecation and wild tangents. Through it all, you learn a lot about linguistics and how people communicate.

They are on just about every possibly social media and pay attention to all of them. I mostly interact on their discord channel, and it’s great to be able to ask questions, answer questions (!), or just have a random discussion.

The combination of the humour and learning works wonderfully and has helped to keep me sane.

Christelle Liviero Aracena ,

Thought-provoking and fun!

I feel anyone can find something on each show to get excited about, almost like you want to participate in the conversations the hosts are having to ask more questions or give more examples! It’s the first podcast I’ve ever listened to and I’ve been following it for a few years. It’s so well researched and rich in content that I always have things I want to learn more about after I listen to an episode :) The hosts and guests are very funny too, so it’s a great combination!

macnsak ,

Great listening.

I listen to many podcasts and this is one that keeps me laughing while at the same time engaging my mind.

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