Language Therapy with Dr. K

Language Therapy with Dr. K
Language Therapy with Dr. K | A Day in the Life of an Interpreter

November 13, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:42:09

In this episode of Language Therapy, Dr. K is joined by Khachatur Adumyan, one of Armenia’s most sought-after interpreters, who has interpreted for every Armenian prime minister since independence. They talk about the linguistic, cognitive, and ethical demands of the job, the nuances of interpreting from and into Armenian, and the day-to-day realities of an interpreter, all in the context of the Artsakh war and the pandemic.

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Language Therapy with Dr. K | Karabakh: What’s in a name?

October 2, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:41:38

Karabakh or Artsakh? Where do all the different names for this region come from? In this episode of Language Therapy, Dr. K talks to historian George Bournoutian, an expert on the history of Armenia and the Caucasus, to discuss the historical, political, and linguistic legacies of this region’s various place names.

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Language Therapy with Dr. K | 1.5 Generation: All Kinds of Guilt 

September 11, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:47:31

Who is a 1.5 generation immigrant? What is the connection between generation and language? What are the challenges of transmitting Armenian as a 1.5 generation parent? And what’s with all the guilt and shame? Dr. K is joined by attorney and co-founder of ToTalk Armenian, Armine Bazikyan, as they discuss Armine’s family’s struggles with language transmission and ToTalk as a possible solution.

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Language Therapy with Dr. K: Robin the Robot

August 21, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:46:30

What is the connection between artificial intelligence, psychology, and language? Who/what is the world’s first emotionally intelligent hospital robot and what’s the connection to Armenia? Dr. K talks to Karen Khachikyan, CEO and co-founder of Expper Technologies, the company behind Robin the Robot, as they discuss Robin’s emotional and linguistic capacities in helping children overcome their stress, isolation, and anxiety in a hospital setting. Dr. Shant Shekherdimian and Dr. Mineh Badmagharian also join the conversation.

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Language Therapy with Dr. K: Speak English. You’re confusing the child!

August 7, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:49:47

What kinds of language policies do multilingual families enact when the language or languages in the home are not the same as the dominant language outside the home? What if each parent speaks a different language? What types of reactions and attitudes do families have to deal with when they set specific family strategies for language transmission? Dr. K is joined by Los Angeles Times journalist, Esmeralda Bermudez, in a deep conversation about language, identity, immigration, heritage, and the parenting choices she and her Armenian husband make in their multilingual family.

Read Bermudez’s piece on raising a multilingual daughter here: https://lat.ms/31lXw4M.

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Language Therapy with Dr. K: François Grosjean on Myths and Realities of Bilingualism Part 2 

July 24, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:36:04

Dr. K is joined by world-renowned psycholinguist and international authority on bilingualism, François Grosjean, as they debunk some of the most prevalent myths about bilingualism. How can we nurture a happy bilingualism? What are the best family strategies and educational models? What are the advantages and disadvantages of bilingualism? Dr. Grosjean is the author of Bilingual: Life and Reality (Harvard University Press, 2010), among other books, and the very popular Psychology Today blog, “Life as a Bilingual.”

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Language Therapy with Dr. K: François Grosjean on Myths and Realities of Bilingualism Part 1 

July 10, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:47:02

Who is considered a bilingual? What does the day to day reality look like for those who lead their lives in two or more languages? And why are there still so many persistent myths about bilingualism and bilinguals? Dr. K is joined by world-renowned psycholinguist and international authority on bilingualism, François Grosjean, as they demystify bilingualism. He is the author of Bilingual: Life and Reality (Harvard University Press, 2010), among other books, and the very popular Psychology Today blog, “Life as a Bilingual.”

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Language Therapy with Dr. K: Justice in Translation

June 26, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:41:39

Introducing Language Therapy with Dr. K, a new podcast about language in the Armenian context. Discover the quirky nuances, fun, and frustrations of language, as Dr. Shushan Karapetian delves into topics and questions you didn’t even know you were curious about.

In this inaugural episode, Dr. K is joined by Gegham Mughnetsyan, as they discuss his recent Armenian translation of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail (https://bit.ly/3eAOPsO). How do we talk about racial justice in Armenian?