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Episode 83 - How Do We Know What Words Mean? with Jessica Rett

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Dr. Jessica Rett is an Associate Professor in UCLA’s Linguistics Department who joins Jonathan to discuss the power & nuances of words, breaks down the concepts of what “dog whistles” are, code-switching, how words evolve, endangered languages, and more.


Find Jessica’s work at http://linguistics.ucla.edu/people/Rett/index.html

A great podcast about linguistics: http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/lexicon_valley.html

A website dedicated to linguistics: http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/

Information to help save endangered languages: http://www.endangeredlanguagefund.org/

For more music from Quiñ head to TheQuinCat.com.

Jonathan is on Instagram @JVN. Also Twitter and Facebook.

Catch Jonathan on Queer Eye streaming now on Netflix.

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Loved this episode topic, although I wish it was a little longer! Would be great to have her back and let her really expound on one or two linguistic topics. Jonathan was so excited he kept jumping around from topic to topic haha

(also during the first commercial break the ad and epsiode audio were playing simultaneously, I don't know if that just happened for me? between 17:00 and 20:10)

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