79 episodes

A show about linguistics, the science of language, on RTRFM 92.1 community radio, Perth.

Talk the Talk - a podcast about linguistics, the science of language. Daniel Midgley, Ben Ainslie, and Hedvig Skirgård

    • Social Sciences

A show about linguistics, the science of language, on RTRFM 92.1 community radio, Perth.

    390: Words of the Week of the Year 2019 (Live Q&A)

    390: Words of the Week of the Year 2019 (Live Q&A)

    We gathered, you voted.

    • 46 min
    389: Mailbag of Pronouns

    389: Mailbag of Pronouns

    Do languages get more efficient over time? And more.

    • 54 min
    388: Lies, All Lies (with Georgina Heydon, Heather Wilson, and Amanda Hamilton-Hollaway)

    388: Lies, All Lies (with Georgina Heydon, Heather Wilson, and Amanda Hamilton-Hollaway)

    Can you tell when someone is lying?

    • 39 min
    387: The Language of Emotion (with Maïa Ponsonnet)

    387: The Language of Emotion (with Maïa Ponsonnet)

    Language and culture are tightly bound. Or are they?

    • 1 hr 6 min
    386: English Needs These Idioms (Live Q&A)

    386: English Needs These Idioms (Live Q&A)

    Are cats scratching your soul? They will.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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.

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.

mdcooper88 ,

Fun and informative

I enjoy hearing the linguistics discussions and news, and chemistry between Dan and Ben. I find Kylie pretty annoying and don’t know that she adds much

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