Today we welcome Mary Norris, the Comma Queen, back on the air with us to discuss her latest book, Greek to Me. The book traces her journey learning the Greek language and falling in love with Greece, its literature, and its culture. Mary Norris joined the editorial staff of The New Yorker in 1978 and was a […]
UW-Madison has received a $220,000 federal grant to kick off a program that aims to get more students speaking fluent Korean. The U.S. Department of Defense funnels money to universities through its Flagship language program to get more students fluent in languages deemed important for economic or security reasons. UW-Madison already offers an intensive Flagship […]
Deep in the tropical forests of Gombe National Park in Tanzania, chimpanzees wander in relative abundance, and Michael Johnson isn’t far behind. He follows chimpanzees through the treetops to capture the day-to-day sounds they use to communicate: howling, screeching and the infamous pant-hoot. He does all this in an effort to learn whether chimps have […]
Think back to high school. Did you take a foreign language? If so, how much do you remember? Could you say what you ate for breakfast today in that language? Exchange a few pleasantries? Thinking back, how well do you think you could speak in that foreign language even at the time you were learning […]
From early on in her career as an artist, Helen Lee has used the medium of glass to explore language and identity. If you walk past the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art at night, you might see three Mandarin Chinese characters blazing out at you in pink neon. That is one of Lee’s newest works, […]
Psychologist and UW-Madison postdoctoral researcher Marcus Perlman speaks with Monday 8 O’Clock Buzz host Brian Standing about the realization among the scientific community that apes and non-human animals possess sophisticated and voluntary control over gestures and vocalizations, the implications for the evolution of human speech, and the de-centering of humanism.