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The Life-Net Radio Interviews

Welcome to LangBrain's audio dimension! J Paul Sank, also known as Ret Zogreso, the editor-host of Life-Net News & Radio, got an idea to get Dr Lamb talking so we can all hear him online. The plan: Mr Sank records multi-question interviews with Dr Lamb and then uses audio production techniques to slice them up into finished audio segments -- one question per MP3 clip -- that you can listen to or download quickly and conveniently.


Origins (MP3, 1.4MB, 2:51)

How did neurocognitive linguistics begin?


Plausibility (MP3, 2.0MB, 4:07)

When I look at a stratificational grammar diagram, it really looks like a description of how the process of translating thoughts into words really works in the brain. Tell us about this issue of neurological plausibility.


Other Theories (MP3, 1.4MB, 2:56)

One thing that struck me by surprise is that NCL is not meant to be such a competitor to other theories that it tries to supplant them. Actually there's kind of a complementary relationship intended. Tell us about that.


Contributors (MP3, 1.4MB, 3:02)

Fortunately, you are not alone in this field. There are in fact other people who have taken this theory some steps further. Can you tell us about some of those others?


Insights (MP3, 2.1MB, 4:20)

Insights that NCL brings to language description.


2nd Language (MP3, 2.0MB, 4:18)

Can you give us a neurocognitive angle on second-language acquisition and, in turn, what that says about the best ways to teach and learn second languages?


Inspiration (MP3, 1.7MB, 3:44)

To elicit the kind of speculation a neurocognitive linguist might do, a speculative question: People of a certain religious persuasion think of the collection of books called "the Bible" as inspired by a being they call "God". Let's take that as a given. So there's a chain of events beginning with a supreme spirit, going through the writer's brain, and ending in a sacred text. Give us a plausible explanation.


Nections (MP3, 0.8MB, 1:46)

In relational network theory, we speak of the basic unit as being a nection. What does that correspond to in the brain?


Versatility (MP3, 1.7MB, 3:34)

I have heard that the investigation into how language works is not all that your relational network notation can be used for. Please give us at least one instance of other uses for it.


L2 System (MP3, 2.5MB, 5:18)

When a person can speak two languages, how is the information system for L2 related to that for L1?


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