Episode 41 of the Brain Science Podcast is an interview with Alice Gaby, PhD, from the University of California-Berkeley. Dr. Gaby is a linguist who studies the role of language in cognition as well as the aboriginal languages of Australia . In this episode, Dr. Gaby introduces some of the basic areas of linguistics. We also talk about why linguistics is important to understanding brain function, as well as the importance of interdisciplinary communication to advancement in both fields. Dr. Gaby's infectious enthusiasm makes this potentially intimidating subject accessible to everyone.
Links and References:
- Dr Gaby's website: she welcomes email from listeners.
- Gaby, A. 2006. A Grammar of Kuuk Thaayorre. Unpublished PhD thesis. Melbourne: University of Melbourne. (download PDF) (Click here for more references about the Kuuk Thaayorre language of Pormpuraaw.)
- Language: Its Structure and Use (5th edition) by Edward Finegan: introductory text recommended by Dr. Gaby.
- The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language, by Steven Pinker: a good introduction for general readers.
Other scientists mentioned in the interview:
- George Lakoff: UC-Berkeley.
- Dan I Slobin: emeritus professor, UC-Berkeley.
- Lera Boroditsky of Stanford University.
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