Using Language to Diagnose Neurological Conditions

This morning, I listened to RTF Talk the Talk‘s “Diagnosing with Words” podcast, which gave a really fascinating insight into how linguistics is now being used to diagnose┬áneurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Bipolar Disorder.

It was a fascinating insight into how the language we use can be used to predict future neurological orders that we could develop and even how those conditions will develop.

It also has the added benefit of including an interview with one of the PhD researchers currently looking into this area, Katie Fraser.

I’d highly recommend checking it out!


So, what are your pronouns?

This morning, I listened to an incredibly fascinating podcast by The World in Words about pronouns. It’s not really an issue that I’ve considered before beyond the recent trend in using the gender neutral “they” to refer to someone of an unspecified gender, but it’s really opened my eyes to the importance and power that pronouns have in expressing someone’s identity.

I’d highly recommend giving it a listen. You can find it here on The World in Words website.

Gender Talk

Recent research by linguists Carmen Fought and Karen Eisenhauer has investigated the language used in Disney movies, paying particular attention to what female characters are complemented on and how often women speak in comparison to their male counterparts.

It is a fascinating piece of research that explores the whole corpus of Disney films from the classic, renaissance and new age eras, and raises some interesting questions not only about the way female characters are presented in Disney films, but, also, how we should study these portrayals.