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May 30, 2014

12 TED Talks About Words

I have used TED Talks in my classes for a few years now, they are always fresh and provocative. Usually I just find one or two that are relevant to what my class is working on, but today I have...

...a set of twelve great presentations on words, their power, their changes and their challenges.

You can see the whole compilation here - https://www.ted.com/playlists/117/words_words_words?utm_medium=on.ted.com-facebook-share&utm_content=awesm-bookmarklet&awesm=on.ted.com_d0DnV&utm_campaign=&utm_source=l.facebook.com.

As always, TED offers a variety of perspectives on language usage and expression. Here is an excerpt from the website;
"As Wittgenstein wrote, "The limits of my language mean the limits of my world." Watch talks by linguists, data analysts and word nerds who explore the all-encompassing power of language."

Those of us who focus our work, energy and free time on the use of language come up against its potential and limitations constantly. I don't know about you, but I sometimes feel isolated as I try to explore and express my richest and deepest thoughts and observations.

Whether you are a teacher or a student, check these out. I am sure you will find at least one of these videos will deepen your relationship with the whole idea of language.

My best to you -


Posted by mmorf at May 30, 2014 12:33 AM


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