Language Log TV

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From a reader:

I dreamt that I some cars were racing back and forth in front of my house with lights and speakers all over them. Someone asked me what it was all about and I said "It's Liberman and the Language Log folks checking out the doppler effect"

This woke me up and as I thought about it, I realized  that Language Log would make a great television program.

Sort of a mixture of Mythbusters, NCIS, and Sesame Street? Or maybe a cross between 60 Minutes and Glenn Beck? I guess I don't want to know.


  1. Tim Silverman said,

    February 13, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

    Mythbusters, NCIS, and Sesame Street?

    Yes, that's exactly it!

    You should pitch it to someone in an elevator.

  2. James D said,

    February 13, 2010 @ 2:50 pm

    Yes, that would be awesome! You should approach the PBS/BBC/ABC.

  3. CIngram said,

    February 13, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    I see it as rock opera myself. The man you want in the elevator is Mick Jagger.

  4. Sili said,

    February 13, 2010 @ 4:43 pm

    I'd love to see LLTV.

    Preferably not on BloggingHeads, though.

  5. IrrationalPoint said,

    February 13, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

    There's a Schoolhouse Rock "Grammar Episode" that sticks in my memory from grade school because of a song that goes "Conjunction junction, what's your function? / Hookin' up words and phrases and clauses".

    (Youtube video here.)

    I'm sure y'all could come up with something.


  6. mollymooly said,

    February 13, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

    "Grimm's Law and Order: SVO"

  7. Clare K. R. Miller said,

    February 13, 2010 @ 9:17 pm

    If you made the first version, I would so watch it.

  8. Cameron said,

    February 14, 2010 @ 12:23 am

    Do a podcast.

  9. Stephen Jones said,

    February 14, 2010 @ 9:52 am

    On Onion TV.

  10. Eli Anne said,

    February 15, 2010 @ 11:33 am

    A podcast pretty pleaaaaase!

    You could have interviews, discussions of news (both new academic topics and language in the media and so on), and a quiz maybe? Or a segment with some language, and the listeners have to guess what language :)

  11. Sili said,

    February 15, 2010 @ 3:58 pm

    Podcasting is difficult and time consuming. I'd be happy to just hear the Loggers appear elsewhere. Skeptics' Guide to the Universe have a tendency to be hit or miss when it comes to English. I recall them making fun of a cohost sounding the "t" in "often" and mocking mispronunciations such as "grabbity" and "vomix". Unfortunately they've also faltered on my serious stuff like ending sentences with pronouns being somehow 'grammar' (iirc).

    All in all there need to be more linguistics in the skepticopodosphere. Given his untiring demolition of baaaaad statistics, claims about education, neurobollocks and Platonic genderdifferences, I think it's a crying shame that Liberman has not yet been a guest on SGU and many many other 'casts.

    Same goes for Pullum and Zwicky, of course. Zimmer was with his brother on Bloggingheads, but just the once I think. And BH has jumped the shark.

  12. Eli Anne said,

    February 15, 2010 @ 4:56 pm

    I've suggested to SGU via their suggeestions form on their site to interview someone from Language Log. I think it'd be a fantastic idea! Maybe we should launch a coordinated effort to make them interview a linguist?

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