9 Oct 2008

Sesame Street Linguistics

Submitted by Karl Hagen
This morning my son was watching Sesame Street and I heard Grover ask rhetorically, "Anyone know what 'agglutination' means?" I immediately had Aran practice saying the word, but he's a little young to lecture on morphological structure, so I left it at that.


I was curious about the context for this, because it's been many years since I saw an episode of Sesame Street but I don't remember any rhetorical references to words the children aren't expected to understand. So I searched for ["Sesame Street" agglutination] and found the video here: http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=uAIU4WW5YU4