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Twisting My Words

Episode 2 of 5

Oliver Burkeman explores how language may actually limit our capacity for nuanced thought - depending on how we choose to use it.

Oliver Burkeman explores how language may actually limit our capacity for nuanced thought - depending on how we choose to use it.

He dives into the world of ‘untranslatable words’ with Tim Lomas, a psychologist who collects unscramble words from different cultures, and discovers how expanding our vocabulary could change not only our view of the world, but our understanding of our own minds. And he speaks with Professor Naomi S. Baron, a Linguist who has studied how our relationship with language has changed as so much of our communication has shifted from the printed page to digital, and how that simple change in media has negatively impacted the way we think and learn in ways we do not even perceive.

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14 minutes

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Tue 29 Dec 2020 13:45

Dr Tim Lomas

Tim Lomas is a lecturer in positive psychology, at the University of East London, and creator of the Positive Lexicography, a project that aims to collect positive words from languages from all over the world with a view to expanding the way we experience the world around us, and how we then articulate that experience.

 

Professor Naomi Baron

Naomi S. Baron is an expert on language and technology, the written word, the history and structure of English, language and society, reading and technology, and higher education. A Guggenheim Fellow and Fulbright Fellow, she has published eight books, including 'Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World' and the upcoming ' How We Read Now: Strategic Choices for Print, Screen, and Audio'.

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  • Tue 29 Dec 2020 13:45