language http://kuow.org en The Strange Language Of Baseball http://kuow.org/post/strange-language-baseball <p></p><p>From 'cup of coffee' to 'Bronx cheer,' Ross Reynolds runs the language bases of baseball with linguist <a href="http://benzimmer.com/">Ben Zimmer</a>. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:44:11 +0000 Arwen Nicks & Ross Reynolds 31805 at http://kuow.org The Strange Language Of Baseball 5 Football Terms Every Seahawks Fan Should Know http://kuow.org/post/5-football-terms-every-seahawks-fan-should-know <p>Just like learning acronyms at a new workplace, catching on to the Seahawks’ lexicon can be daunting for the uninitiated. Ben Zimmer, linguist and self-described “word nerd,” helps us break down the terms that are flying around as often as a 12<sup>th</sup> Man flag. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:19:16 +0000 Arwen Nicks & Steve Scher 27712 at http://kuow.org 5 Football Terms Every Seahawks Fan Should Know The Shakespearean Lineage Of 'Where The Magic Happens' http://kuow.org/post/shakespearean-lineage-where-magic-happens <em>MTV Cribs</em> was the guiltiest of pop-culture pleasures in the early 2000s. The premise was simple. Stars showed off their houses, and the masses got a peek at life behind the mansion gates. Viewers saw "where the magic happened"*, to borrow a recurring phrase used by celebrities as they displayed their bedrooms. And no <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV9irV8DWcc&feature=player_embedded">episode</a> was more magical than when Mariah Carey provided a tour of her penthouse apartment and hopped on her stationary step climber in heels. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:07:31 +0000 Lakshmi Gandhi 27028 at http://kuow.org The Shakespearean Lineage Of 'Where The Magic Happens' What Happens When A Language's Last Monolingual Speaker Dies? http://kuow.org/post/what-happens-when-languages-last-monolingual-speaker-dies Emily Johnson Dickerson died at her home in Ada, Okla., last week. She was the last person alive who spoke only the Chickasaw language.<p>"This is a sad day for all Chickasaw people because we have lost a cherished member of our Chickasaw family and an unequaled source of knowledge about our language and culture," Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby said in a news release. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 15:43:43 +0000 editor 26717 at http://kuow.org What Happens When A Language's Last Monolingual Speaker Dies? 'Baby Talk' Helps Babies Learn To Speak More Quickly http://kuow.org/post/baby-talk-helps-babies-learn-speak-more-quickly <p>Marcie Sillman&nbsp;interviews Patricia Kuhl about her new study on the benefits of<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“parent-ese," or baby talk.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Kuhl is a</span> professor and co-director of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at the University of Washington. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:13:26 +0000 Marcie Sillman & David Hyde 26650 at http://kuow.org 'Baby Talk' Helps Babies Learn To Speak More Quickly What Will Be The Word Of The Year? http://kuow.org/post/what-will-be-word-year <p>Ross Reynolds talks with language guru <a href="https://twitter.com/bgzimmer">Ben Zimmer</a> about the language trends of 2013. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:15:31 +0000 Arwen Nicks & Ross Reynolds 25403 at http://kuow.org What Will Be The Word Of The Year? Mandela Sign Language Interpreter Says He Had Schizophrenic Episode http://kuow.org/post/mandela-sign-language-interpreter-says-he-had-schizophrenic-episode The sign language interpreter <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/12/11/250179179/fake-sign-language-interpreter-marred-mandela-memorial">widely criticized as a "fake"</a> for his performance at Nelson Mandela's memorial service in South Africa says he suffered a schizophrenic episode while on stage, a South African newspaper reported Thursday.<p>Thamsanqa Jantjie, 34, claims he "lost concentration, and started hearing voices and hallucinating," according to Johannesburg's <a href="http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/gauteng/sign-language-fake-blames-illness-1.1621044#.UqmmlCf Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:03:00 +0000 editor 25348 at http://kuow.org Mandela Sign Language Interpreter Says He Had Schizophrenic Episode Even With Google Translate, Language Skills Still Valuable http://kuow.org/post/even-google-translate-language-skills-still-valuable <p>It might seem that tools like Google Translate make the ability to speak different languages less valuable to employers. But Michael Erard, author of “Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners,” says that being bilingual or multilingual is still important.</p><p>All kinds of organizations from Starbucks to the World Health Organization seek out people who are proficient in multiple languages.&nbsp; Erard calls them the "staff hyperpolyglot." Marcie Sillman talks with Erard about multilingualism in the workplace. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 19:00:21 +0000 Marcie Sillman 20227 at http://kuow.org Even With Google Translate, Language Skills Still Valuable Ben Zimmer On Having And Eating Cake http://kuow.org/post/ben-zimmer-having-and-eating-cake <p>You can’t have your cake and eat it too, but how are you supposed to eat cake you don’t have? Language guru Ben Zimmer is back today and he explains the whole having, eating and not having cake thing. And what that has to do with how the Unabomber was captured. Really.</p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 18:18:00 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Grace Drone 19877 at http://kuow.org Ben Zimmer On Having And Eating Cake Ben Zimmer: On The Whole 9 Yards And Phrase Inflation http://kuow.org/post/ben-zimmer-whole-9-yards-and-phrase-inflation <p>Did you know that the phrase "the whole 9 yards" used to be "the whole 6 yards?" It’s true. And cloud nine, that fantastic place to be, used to be cloud seven, then cloud eight. So how did we get to nine yards and cloud nine? Ben Zimmer is back today to talk about phrase inflation as we consider our series on strange language.</p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 18:39:07 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Grace Drone 19797 at http://kuow.org Ben Zimmer: On The Whole 9 Yards And Phrase Inflation Ben Zimmer: The Roots Of "Pipe Dreams" http://kuow.org/post/ben-zimmer-roots-pipe-dreams <p>Yesterday we heard some <a href="http://kuow.org/post/gravy-drugs-ben-zimmer-origin-dope">history on the term "doping" </a>in sports and today, language columnist <a href="http://benzimmer.com/">Ben Zimmer </a>explains where the term "pipe dream" comes from.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 05:03:12 +0000 ross reynolds & grace drone 19651 at http://kuow.org Ben Zimmer: The Roots Of "Pipe Dreams" From Gravy To Drugs: Ben Zimmer On The Origin Of "Dope" http://kuow.org/post/gravy-drugs-ben-zimmer-origin-dope <p>We’ve seen lots of sports scandals in the news over the years that have to do with performance-enhancing drugs, commonly referred to as doping. Dope, from the Dutch word <em>doop</em>, is actually a gravy or a sauce, so how did we go from gravy to drugs? <a href="http://benzimmer.com/">Lexicographer Ben Zimmer</a> gives KUOW's Ross Reynolds the straight dope on dope. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 19:21:37 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Jenna Montgomery 19495 at http://kuow.org From Gravy To Drugs: Ben Zimmer On The Origin Of "Dope" When Do You Code-Switch? http://kuow.org/post/when-do-you-code-switch <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>Most of us adjust the way we speak for the person or people we’re speaking to. It could be as subtle as speaking a little more slowly and happily when talking to a small child. Or it could be as obvious as changing to another language. There’s a term for this shift - it’s called <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/">code-switching</a>. Jeannie Yandel talked with listeners about when they code-switch and why they do it. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:08:13 +0000 THE CONVERSATION WITH ROSS REYNOLDS 15548 at http://kuow.org When Do You Code-Switch? Lean Back And LOL: Texting Is Not Ruining Language http://kuow.org/post/lean-back-and-lol-texting-not-ruining-language <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texting has become an incredibly common way of communicating in the </span>21st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> century. Back in 2011, the Pew Research Center reported that young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 sent around 110 text messages per day. The texting craze has also given rise to an entirely new vocabulary — </span>texters<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of all ages abbreviate, punctuate and accentuate in ways that are totally unique to the cell phone age.</span></p><p>So one question arises: Is texting killing our language? Ross Reynolds <em>LOLs&nbsp;</em>with professor John McWhorter and discusses the possible impact of <em>txting </em>and the feared&nbsp;<em>f8 </em>of language. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:03:23 +0000 The Conversation With Ross Reynolds 12192 at http://kuow.org Lean Back And LOL: Texting Is Not Ruining Language Weekday Archive: Taj Mahal And Steven Pinker http://kuow.org/post/weekday-archive-taj-mahal-and-steven-pinker <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Our <a href="http://kuow.org/pledge">spring membership drive</a>&nbsp;rolls along with two of our favorite interviews: two-time Grammy winning musician&nbsp;</span>Taj<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Mahal<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;joined us late last year to celebrate 40 years in music and a new retrospective album, "Maestro."&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Plus, we listen back to a conversation with Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker about his book, "The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature."</span></p><p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Weekday with Steve Scher 11128 at http://kuow.org Weekday Archive: Taj Mahal And Steven Pinker