55 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 • 89 Ratings

A podcast about linguistics, the science of language.

    60: The Crossworld (with Hayley Gold)

    60: The Crossworld (with Hayley Gold)

    Language isn’t just for communication — it’s fun. For over a hundred years, crosswords have served as entertainment, and even been blamed for society’s ills. Turns out crosswords are serious business.
    Author and illustrator of Letters to Margaret and crossword enthusiast Hayley Gold takes us into the history and the discussions happening in the world of crosswords — the Crossworld.
    You can buy Hayley’s book Letters to Margaret at this link:
    https://shop.lonesharkgames.com/collections/letters-to-margaret

    • 1 hr 49 min
    58: Expression Unleashed (with Thom Scott-Phillips and Joshua Blackburn)

    58: Expression Unleashed (with Thom Scott-Phillips and Joshua Blackburn)

    Today, we communicate. But once, we didn’t. What had to happen in our brains to make communication possible? And why don’t other animals do it like we do? We talk to Dr Thom Scott-Phillips about his new work in the social and cognitive origins of communication.
    And game creator Joshua Blackburn is going to test Daniel’s linguistic prowess with questions from the hottest game on Kickstarter, League of the Lexicon.

    • 1 hr 46 min
    57: Potluck (live, with friends)

    57: Potluck (live, with friends)

    Our friends, listeners, and patrons give us so many great stories, news, and words, so for this live episode, we’re having them tell these language stories in their own words.
    Thanks to PharaohKatt, Lord Mortis, Ariaflame, seejanecricket, Aristemo, O Tim, Ditte, Rodger, and Ben (not the host one).

    • 1 hr 26 min
    55: Rebel With a Clause (with Ellen Jovin)

    55: Rebel With a Clause (with Ellen Jovin)

    Everyone’s favourite tabletop grammarian is back! It’s Ellen Jovin, proprietor of the Grammar Table. She dispenses grammar advice around New York City and the world, and now she’s written a book about her grammar adventures. Ellen is the author of Rebel With a Clause, and she joins us for this big episode.
     

    • 1 hr 39 min
    54: Slang (with Jonathon Green)

    54: Slang (with Jonathon Green)

    It’s crude. It’s rude. And it’s a lot of fun. Slang has been with us for as long as people didn’t want others to understand what they were about. But what exactly is it? And has the nature of slang changed in our internet age?
    Daniel is talking to eminent slang lexicographer Jonathon Green on this episode of Because Language.

    • 1 hr 37 min
    52: The Language Game (with Morten Christiansen and Nick Chater)

    52: The Language Game (with Morten Christiansen and Nick Chater)

    How is language like a game of charades? According to a new book, quite a lot. Charades players and language users improvise and work together to create meaning in a situation, and they get better at it as they reuse elements and build up patterns.
    Drs Morten Christiansen and Nick Chater explain their vision of language to Daniel and Hedvig on this episode of Because Language.
     

    • 1 hr 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 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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