85 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

    • Social Sciences
    • 4.7, 60 Ratings

A podcast about linguistics, the science of language.

    1: Our Favourite Things

    1: Our Favourite Things

    For our first episode, we asked some of our linguist and lingo-pod friends what their favourite thing is about language.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    395: Outed or Misgendered (with Cedar Brown)

    395: Outed or Misgendered (with Cedar Brown)

    Performative wokeness only goes so far.

    • 47 min
    394: What’s Your Pronoun? (with Dennis Baron)

    394: What’s Your Pronoun? (with Dennis Baron)

    Thon, xe, and te. Oh, and singular they.

    • 50 min
    393: Push and Pull (Live Q&A)

    393: Push and Pull (Live Q&A)

    Push and pull. Left and right. Why do we get them confused?

    • 30 min
    392: Your Voice (with Jane Setter)

    392: Your Voice (with Jane Setter)

    Are you true to your voice?

    • 48 min
    391: Words of the Year 2019

    391: Words of the Year 2019

    Zoomer. Selfie. They. The words of the Year and the Decade.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

mchil11 ,

Erudite educators entertain everyone enjoyably!

Hah! Alliteration!

I found this podcast back in like 2015 by searching "lingustics podcast". I've listened to every episode since, and binge-listened to the entire back catalog back. The only thing I don't like is that since they're all in Australia I can't regularly go get coffee with the hosts or something. They seem more like friends, really. Smart friends that know stuff and teach me things!

Every week is an enjoyable conversation that usually follows a set format. They start off discussing any news from the last week related to linguistics. Then they talk about the main theme of the week either with an interview, a panel discussion among the hosts, or my favorite--mailbag episodes! Then they have the word of the week, which Ben acts like he hates but it's secretly his favorite part of the show and he knows it.

I love that the show adheres to a descriptivist take on linguistics. If you want to learn how to police grammar better, go find your third grade English teacher because this show is all about fighting the language police. As a reformed prescriptivist myself, I appreciate this. Especially when they ways that language use and our policing of it is often a proxy for other social justice issues. So not only does it make me feel smarter, it makes me think about ways I can be a better person I might not have considered.

Beccaaz746 ,

I’m sorry

I couldn’t listen to more than 5 minutes when Kylie was talking. She just seems dumb and annoying, which annoys me bc it seems like she’s playing a stereotypical dumb woman.

pbombach ,

On the vanguard of the Linguistics Podcast Golden Age

There are several ingredients that a podcast needs to be successful:

* Great hosts
* Interesting topics
* Chemistry between the hosts
* A predictable cadence (I added that cause I'm anal 😜)

Talk the Talk has loads and loads of all four ingredients. Far from a sterile discussion of linguistic topics, they address the social aspects of language as well. Always upbeat, always interesting, always fun to listen to.

If you enjoy podcasts and language, this podcast is for you.

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