Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The use of swear words + a nice podacst

From The Guardian
(Science Weekly Nov 2007):

[Stephen Pinker] The Harvard psychology professor's written extensively about language before of course, and in his latest book - 'The Stuff of Thought' - he outlines how the words we use tell us about the way we think. One of the juicier areas of the book is his discussion on swear words, and that's what we talk about here. We have more of the conversation - where we get into areas such as where we discuss his theory of the language instinct; the science of malapropism; and the evolution of English - as this week's Science Extra (mp3).

Subscribe to the Science Weekly Podcast it is quite agreeable.

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