TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. TED is a brand that organizes conferences and events attended by millions of people. During their events, experts from different fields deliver speeches known as TED talks, that later are posted for free under a slogan “Ideas worth spreading”. Many people around the world find TED talks inspiring and motivational. So we thought we’d share with you the most interesting talks about language, words, and communication.
1. Beautiful new words that describe obscure emotions by John Koenig
The speaker focuses on how we define words and how the words define us.
“A word is real if you want it to be real”
2. Don’t insist on English! By Patricia Ryan
An experienced English teacher tries to convince the audience that translation of ideas is the best we can do for the modern world.
I love it that we have a global language. We need one today more than ever. But I am against using it as a barrier
3. The enchanting music of sign language by Christine Sun Kim
Artist Christine Sun Kim was born deaf. Later in life, she discovered some similarities between American Sign Language and music. In her speech, she wants to show you that sound is not limited to ears – it can be felt and experienced as an idea.
I watch how people behave and respond to sound. You people are like my loudspeakers and my amplifier
4. Ingenuity and elegance in ancient African alphabets by Saki Mafundikwa
As a graphic designer from Zimbabwe, Saki Mafundikwa tracks back the many forms of communication in Africa and inspires young African designers to draw inspirations from the symbolism and elegance of their heritage.
Designers in Africa struggle with all forms of design they are more apt to look outward for influence and inspiration
5. How language transformed humanity by Mark Pagel
How was the human language developed? Why was the human language developed? Mark Pagel has an interesting theory suggesting that language is a piece of “social technology”.
Languages are the genes talking, getting things that they want