TED Radio Hour for Friday, December 13, 2013

Is Texting Actually Advancing Language?

Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? Linguist John McWhorter says that there's much more to texting — linguistically, culturally — than it seems, and it's all good news.

Does Language Bring Us Together Or Pull Us Apart?

Mark Pagel says early humans developed language as a tool to cooperate. But with thousands of different languages, Pagel says language also exists to prevent us from communicating outside our tribal groups.

Does The Subjunctive Have A Dark Side?

Phuc Tran grew up caught between two languages with opposing cultural perspectives: the indicative reality of Vietnamese and the power to image endless possibilities with English. In this personal talk, Tran explains how both shaped his identity.

How Does History Change The Meaning Of Words?

Etymologist Mark Forsyth shares the surprising back story on the term "president."

Does Body Language Shape Who You Are?

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" can affect our brains, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
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