Hurricane, I Mean Earthquake Extra: How Word Meanings Change

Fri, May 14, 2010

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by Sammy Mack

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Home damaged by Hurricane Dennis (Alligator Point)/ Mark Norman (Florida State Archives)

Dan Grech speaks with Feryal Yavas about how word meanings change over time.   Yavas is Linguistics Director at Florida International University.   Sammy Mack produced this audio extra.  You can also listen to “Hurricane, I Mean Earthquake” to find out why people slip and say “the hurricane in Haiti” when they mean to say “the earthquake.”

Music: “Three Little Words” by John Coltrane

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