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. Don’t kill your language by Suzanne Talhouk
Suzanne Talhouk tries to convince us that we should cherish our native languages.
It’s about memories connected to those phrases
2. Go ahead, make up new words! by Erin McKean
Listen to this TEDtalk by a lexicographer Erin McKean to find out 6 ways to make new words in English. And then – do so!
Every language is just a group of people who agree to understand each other
3. What makes a word “real”? by Anne Curzan
After making up some new words, as Erin McKean suggested, listen to Anne Curzan who will tell you, who decides which words are “real” and which are not.
Dictionaries are fantastic resources, but they are human and they are not timeless
4. Txtng is killing language. JK!!! by John McWhorter
How many times have you heard that texting is harmful to language? John McWhorter analyzes texting not only linguistically, but also culturally.
(With writing) you can do things with language that are much less likely if you’re just talking
5. A word game to communicate in every language by Ajit Narayanan
What if you knew a way to communicate in every language? Try Ajit Narayanan’s way.
I think that (a language) is the loveliest thing that our brains have invented