Spoken And Unspoken : TED Radio Hour In this hour, TED speakers reflect on how words and methods of communication affect us, more than you might expect.

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Spoken And Unspoken

In this hour, TED speakers reflect on how words and methods of communication affect us, more than you might expect.

We communicate with each other in all sorts of ways. In this hour, TED speakers reflect on how words and methods of communication affect us, more than you might expect.

Linguist John McWhorter says there's much more to texting than there seems. James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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John McWhorter: Is Texting Actually Advancing Language?

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"It is really peculiar on the face of it that our languages exist to prevent us from communicating with each other." — Mark Pagel James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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Mark Pagel: Does Language Bring Us Together Or Pull Us Apart?

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"When employed at the right time, grammar can bring the world into sharp focus, and when used at the wrong time, it can make things incredibly blurry." — Phuc Tran TEDxDirigo hide caption

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Phuc Tran: Does The Subjunctive Have A Dark Side?

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"I think we shape language more than it shapes us. Reality and history shape language and that's the beautiful thing." — Mark Forsyth Paul Clarke/TED hide caption

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Mark Forsyth: How Does History Change The Meaning Of Words?

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Life's biggest questions, explored.