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Author: Nick Enfield

In our new normal, experts are dismissed and alternative facts flagrantly offered. This suspicion of specialists is part of a bigger problem Image: March For Science In New York City, 22 April 2017. Photograph: Erik McGregor/Pacific/Barcroft We often defer to others’ expertise, and for good reason. The...

[audio mp3="http://nickenfield.org/files/aye_20170715_1807-1.mp3"][/audio]   Language loss is a silent phenomenon - creeping and incremental like erosion. But what precisely do we lose when a language is no longer spoken? Perhaps we should be asking: what do we keep when linguistic diversity is maintained? Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney,...

[audio mp3="http://nickenfield.org/files/bay_20160318_1005.mp3"][/audio] Do dolphins say ‘Huh?’ Do gorillas point out dropped bananas to other gorillas? Do ants quote one another? Human language is a a uniquely complex combination of social and cognitive capacities. Professor Nick Enfield explains the latest research on what distinguishes human language, from its cooperative...