Today was my first long drive without language lessons for a while, so I was catching up on old Radiolab shows from WNYC. But as it turns out, I wasn’t able to get too far away from language in general. The episode below covers some really interesting territory, including a good account of the invention of Nicaraguan sign language, a stroke victim’s joy at finding herself without the “brain chatter” of words, and — something I never tire of — a great list of words and phrases coined by Shakespeare. (“Eyeball” and “unearthly” were new to me.)
I don’t always like Radiolab’s editing, but it’s well worth the time.