The Power of Language

How does language shape reality?

This week’s episode is a throwback and a deeper look at the broad theme of this podcast. This episode was the first one recorded back in October, with Peter Ives of the University of Winnipeg’s Political Science faculty, and Jen Glenwright, who manages the Newcomer Literacy Initiative at Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Canada. We talk about what power language can hold, how people navigate learning new languages, and what changes when you’re suddenly relying on your child as a translator.

Language has been used as a tool to colonize people and shape national culture. Language is used every single day as a tool to accomplish basic tasks and share aspects of human experience. Language is an expression of communication, and can be used in all forms of art. Here we get into the little details of how brains work with language, and how language connects people.

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