Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness

How Do We Know What Words Mean? with Jessica Rett

November 21, 2018
33 min

Dr. Jessica Rett is an Associate Professor in UCLA's Linguistics Department who joins Jonathan to discuss the power & nuances of words, breaks down the concepts of what "dog whistles" are, code-switching, how words evolve, endangered languages, and more.

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