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Linguistics After Dark

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Linguistics After Dark is a podcast where three linguists (and sometimes other people) answer your burning questions about language, linguistics, and whatever else you need advice about. We have three rules: any question is fair game, there's no research allowed, and if we can't answer, we have to d… read more


Bonus Episode: LxAD LIVE @ CrossingsCon 2022

Wherein we #GiveLinguistsSwords. (Please note that this recording cut out a lot of background noise and claps/cheers, so if there is a weird volume jump up or down, that might be why.)

Jump right to:

  • 00:04:42 Is syntax fake?

  • 00:10:14 Favorite and least favorite words

  • 00:23:48 How has profanity evolved with language?

  • 00:34:40 What are the rules for onomatopoeia and how do they differ across languages?

  • 00:41:13 What is lenition?

  • 00:47:56 How do puns work in other languages?

  • 01:02:15 What are fricatives?

  • 01:02:33 The LxAD backstory

  • 01:06:19 The first time we bring up L’Académie

  • 01:08:12 Dead languages work poorly on the internet

  • 01:12:44 Best stories of word mix-ups

  • 01:18:12 How do colors work in different languages?

  • 01:29:01 “It’s all Greek to me”

  • 01:29:55 Where did the word orange come from?

  • 01:31:36 Dialect-dependent homophones

  • 01:34:56 What’s the most useless part of language?

  • 01:40:29 Why is English spelling wonderful?

  • 01:59:42 Sarah has to pronounce the hardest IPA sounds

  • 02:07:30 The Thing At The End

Covered in this episode:

  • Kewpie mayo

  • That feeling you get when someone else is suffering and you’re just glad it’s not you

  • How to be rude and insulting but still G-rated

  • Translator love


  • On a scale of dead to Amish…

  • How to accidentally come on to someone in Spanish and ASL

  • Cappuccinos

  • Moose

  • Dessus vs. dessous

Links and other post-show thoughts:

Ask us questions:

Send your questions (text or voice memo) to, or find us as @lxadpodcast on Twitter, Instagram, & Facebook.


Linguistics After Dark is produced by Emfozzing Enterprises. Luca edits, Sarah does show notes, transcription is a team effort. Our music is “Covert Affair” by Kevin MacLeod. Join us at!

And until next time… if you weren’t consciously aware of your tongue in your mouth, now you are :)

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