Daniel Midgley

Changing minds one Yous at a time

September 2019

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Changing minds one Yous at a time | Daniel Midgley | TEDxPerth

Changing other people's views isn't as impossible as it seems. We all feel strongly about the rights and wrongs of language. Daniel describes how what you hold dear isn't cause to judge others – instead it can lead to building connection and community. Daniel is a linguist and science communicator teaching at the University of Western Australia. Since 2009, Daniel has been a presenter on the RTRFM podcast Talk the Talk and is also the voice of the Speakeasy on ABC Perth Radio. He takes questions from an engaged (and occasionally enraged) radio audience. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Daniel Midgley

Daniel Midgley teaches linguistics at the University of Western Australia and at Edith Cowan University.

He still has an American accent because he spent the first part of his life in Washington state, and also because his brain is long past the stage where it’s plastic enough to acquire a new accent. 

Daniel is a presenter on the popular weekly radio programme Talk the Talk, which airs on RTRFM 92.1, a community radio station in Perth. His new podcast, Because Language, focuses on interviews and issues in linguistics.