A video about various linguistics concepts from vsauceblog, including contrastive focus reduplication, retronyms, early emoticons, and rebracketing. As with many issues of unclear definitions, I’d say that the question about whether cereal is soup could be answered using Prototype Theory

<3! I love the shout-out to Prototype Theory, too. I did my undergraduate honours thesis on ideas connected to this, namely how it might apply to the kind of errors little kids make. Potential future video topic for thelingspace in there!

Syntactic Movement and Traces

Syntax is one of these things which is both super neat and important to linguistics, and not the most intuitive for a lot of people! We try to explain one of the key aspects of it in our most recent video. Fun stuff!

Syntactic Movement and Traces

Linguistic Determinism

New video is up! 😀 Some pretty interesting topics here.

Linguistic Determinism

The Wug Test


What do we have to memorize for our language? How can we know if kids learn the same things as adults? In this week’s episode, we talk about the wug test: why it’s important, how it works, and what it shows us.

Wugs are a lot of fun, and we love talking about acquisition stuff! We’re looking forward to hearing what people have to say.

New episode! I love our little felt-cutout chocobo-esque wugs. Fun stuff!


What steps does our brain go through when we encounter language, and how can we measure what those steps are? In this week’s episode, we talk about event-related brain potentials (ERPs): the small electrical changes that we can see when the brain responds to stimuli. We also go over some of the basic steps in processing language that ERPs can show us, for sounds, meaning, and syntax.

We love brains, and we hope you do, too! Looking forward to hearing what people have to say about this one. ^_^

A man like Dumbledore is no place for a cake to be worn.


How do we put together our words? What pieces are the most important, and where does everything go? This week, we talk about root morphemes and affixes: what the most meaningful bits are, all the different places we can put morphemes in and around each other, and some of the variation we see between languages.

We’re really happy to be back, and we’re looking forward to hearing what people have to say about this one! ^_^

Ling Space is back from the holidays with the RETURN OF THE ADORABLE MORPHEME POTATO THINGS and I could not be happier. Gimme plushies pronto.

LSA Wikipedia Editathon


So I was reminded by this post by Humans Who Read Grammars about the upcoming linguistics Wikipedia editathon at the Linguistics Society of America meeting. It’s being organized by Gretchen McCulloch of All Things Linguistic, and it should be a lot of fun!

If you’re not following those…

Yes! Looking forward to this! 

LSA Wikipedia Editathon




How can we find out what babies know about language before they can tell us themselves? What methods can we use? This week, we look at some of the experimental techniques linguists use to get into those infant heads, and we also discuss some of the discoveries we’ve made about what’s going on in there.

We’re looking forward to hearing what you have to say about baby minds. ^_^

High Amplitude Sucking Procedure – really?

That is not the sort of thing I think I could actually make up. Here’s an article from the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology using the procedure, for example.

Quick reblog for the day crew! And if you want to read some more about infant neurolinguistic research, we’ve got some on the episode page back on our website. ^_^

New episode of The Ling Space! And… yes. High Amplitude Sucking.