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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

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    • 4.7 • 76 Ratings

A podcast about linguistics, the science of language.

    26: Hyphen (with Pardis Mahdavi)

    26: Hyphen (with Pardis Mahdavi)

    Blog post with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/26-hyphen/
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    It joins, it divides. It’s disappearing in some places, but it’s stronger than ever in others. For this episode, we’re talking to Professor Pardis Mahdavi, author of Hyphen, an exploration of identity and self as it concerns this confounding little mark.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    24: Higher Ed Discrimination (with Gail Clements, Marnie Jo Petray, and Fabio Trecca)

    24: Higher Ed Discrimination (with Gail Clements, Marnie Jo Petray, and Fabio Trecca)

    Blog post with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/24-higher-ed-discrimination/
    Support the show on Patreon: http://patreon.com/join/becauselangpod/

    For many students, university opens up new frontiers of learning — and new ways to be marginalised for their language use. A new book explores the problem of linguistic discrimination in higher education, and how to work toward fixing it.

    Also: Danish presents an unusual challenge for those who try to learn it — even babies. Why is Danish like t

    • 1 hr 46 min
    22: Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction (with Jesse Sheidlower)

    22: Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction (with Jesse Sheidlower)

    Blog post with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/22-historical-dictionary-of-science-fiction/
    Support the show on Patreon: http://patreon.com/join/becauselangpod/

    What’s a "corpsicle"? How old is the word "hyperspace"? Who was the first writer to use the term "warp drive"?

    These and many other terms can be found in the landmark work The Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction, and with us is the editor, lexicographer Jesse Sheidlower.

    • 1 hr 39 min
    20: Madam VP (with Nicole Holliday and Caroline Kilov)

    20: Madam VP (with Nicole Holliday and Caroline Kilov)

    Blog post with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/20-madam-vp/
    Support the show on Patreon: http://patreon.com/join/becauselangpod/

    Kamala Harris is the first woman — and woman of colour — to be Vice President of the United States. In the campaign, she had to pull off a tricky task: stay true to her voice and multiple aspects of her identity by employing features of African-American English that would resonate with Black voters, but that wouldn’t alienate white voters. How did she do it?

    • 1 hr 28 min
    18: Swearin' Time (with Kory Stamper)

    18: Swearin' Time (with Kory Stamper)

    Blog post with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/18-swearin-time/
    Support the show on Patreon: http://patreon.com/join/becauselangpod/

    There's a new show on Netflix, and it's The History of Swearing, featuring Nicolas Cage. Backing him up is a team of researchers, comedians — and one of our favourite lexicographers, Kory Stamper.

    Kory tells us all about the show on this episode of Because Language.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    17: Words of the Week of the Year 2020

    17: Words of the Week of the Year 2020

    Blog post with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/17-words-of-the-week-of-the-year-2020/
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    On this momentous episode, we look back on all the words that made our year. Like, all of them. Including some from other languages.

    Many words were discussed in the context of the annual vote of the American Dialect Society, but the greatest were voted on by you, the listeners. Ready? Let’s talk words!

    • 1 hr 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

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.

김덕수 ,

A must listen

Linguists Daniel and Hedvig and teacher Ben do a great job of taking difficult or breaking linguistics work and put it into a fun and understandable format. Ben doesn't like words of the week, but they usually bring me joy. They cover a lot of stuff inside and outside of Australia. From discussions with Noongar speakers to word of the year conferences, you will always learn something new listening to these three (plus friends). Thank you for all the wonderful episodes ~Sandman

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