How much meaning is there just in sounds? How much are words alike across languages? In this week’s episode, we talk about the arbitrariness of the sign: how our sounds don’t have to connect to the meanings they do, how much cases like onomatopoeia serve as a counter to the random matching of words, and whether individual sounds or syllables carry their own semantic punch.

Here’s a fun topic with some really cool old and new research in it! Looking forward to hearing what people have to say.

This one was super fun to co-write! I especially enjoyed coming up with the fakey brand names. Language!

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