Linguistics Lounge
Episode 6: Surfing the Crimson Wave: Talking and not talking about menstruation

Episode 6: Surfing the Crimson Wave: Talking and not talking about menstruation

November 15, 2021

Tony Fisher talks to Dr Tracy Morrison and Professor Alma Gottlieb about menstruation, its meaning in different cultures, and the methods often employed in order to talk about it. We consider euphemism, taboo, and the impact of gender fluidity on shifting attitudes and discourse surrounding ‘that time of the month’.

Episode 5: Discourse on disability

Episode 5: Discourse on disability

May 31, 2021

Julia de Bres talks to linguistics graduate and disability advocate Angela Desmarais from the Disabled Persons Assembly about the evolving ways we use language to talk about disability, and how important it is that disabled people are in the front seat driving language change.

Episode 4: Pronoun Hoedown - Language and Gender Diversity

Episode 4: Pronoun Hoedown - Language and Gender Diversity

December 14, 2020

Julia de Bres talks to Jaye Barclay and Alex Ker from InsideOUT, who spill the tea on gendered pronouns in German, te reo Māori and English. We discuss the significance of the term takatāpui in te reo Māori and the current expansion of gender identity terms in English, while reflecting on how we can all use our linguistic powers to be good allies to gender diverse people.  

Episode 3: Televised Political Debates

Episode 3: Televised Political Debates

November 12, 2020

Tony Fisher is joined by Associate Professor Brian Larson and Professor Richard Shaw in taking a look at the language of televised political debates in the 2020 US and NZ elections. So grab the custard creams (or other biscuit of your choice, if you must), and buckle up as we look back over a remarkable few weeks in politics.

Episode 2: In conversation with Don McGlashan

Episode 2: In conversation with Don McGlashan

October 8, 2020

Tony Fisher sits down with acclaimed New Zealand singer songwriter Don McGlashan over a bowl of Muesli to talk about the art of song translation and performing in te reo Māori. Come blunder through the forest of language with them, and hear Don perform exclusively for the Linguistics Lounge.

Episode 1: Julia de Bres and Shelley Dawson talk Bloomfield

Episode 1: Julia de Bres and Shelley Dawson talk Bloomfield

September 23, 2020

Put the kettle on! Dr Julia de Bres and Dr Shelley Dawson are here to discuss discourses of New Zealand's Director General of Health, and part-time sex symbol, Dr Ashley Bloomfield!

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