Archive for the 'linguistics' Category

The Wire (2002-2008) is one of the most widely acclaimed and highly-rated series of all time, with its impact on TV storytelling, and on local and global politics far outstripping most other scripted shows. In this podcast episode, linguist Mallory Aler joins Gil Kidron to break down the different languages that are prominent in The Wire, from "street" slang to the police language, followed by a deep dive to find what this teaches us about... well, everything.

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One of the best things about The Expanse is the language spoken by the Belters, who live in the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Saturn. Belters are made up of Americans, Chinese, Russians, South Africans and more, and the society that they have created, under the oppression of Earth and Mars, is very much represented in their common language, that unifies people who live millions of kms (or miles) apart. Mallory Aler, linguist extraordinaire, comes back to the podcast and joins Gil Kidron to talk about the history of creole languages, the role of languages in forming new nation-states and what we can learn from the history of our own world and project into The Expanse.

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Mindhunter by David Fincher is a Netflix show about the history of profiling serial killers by the FBI. There are clear psychological and historical elements to it, but in our conversation with contributor Mallory Aler, who is doing her Masters in linguistics, we want to focus on the linguistic aspects: language, performance, procedures, and the politics and society from which those are born.

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Welcome to our inaugural conversation with patron Mallory Aller! Mallory, who's doing her Masters in linguistics, opens up for us a new way to look at Game of Thrones, through the power of language and the way that Game of Thrones characters use it. We talk about Daenerys' Common Tongue problem, Sansa's natural ability to speak the King's Landing dialect, how (book) Arya must be multilingual in the deepest sense, and more.

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