Best Linguistics podcasts — In-depth discussions on the study of language (Updated February 2019; image)
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The Allusionist
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Linguistic adventures with Helen Zaltzman, TheAllusionist.org. A proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
 
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Lexicon Valley
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Lexicon Valley is a show about language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.
 
A fun weekly radio show about language seen through culture, history, and family. Co-hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett talk with callers who have questions and stories about linguistics, old sayings, word histories, etymology, regional dialects, slang, new words, word play, word games, grammar, family expressions, books, literature, writing, and more. Email your language questions to words@waywordradio.org or call with your questions toll-free *any* time in the U.S. and Canada at 1 (87 ...
 
Learning a new language? Get your language learning questions answered by polyglot Olly Richards, who speaks 8 languages and runs the popular blog - I Will Teach You A Language. Whatever's holding you back on the path to fluency, tune in twice a week to get your regular dose of language learning motivation, with Olly and other polyglot guests, such as Luca Lampariello, Richard Simcott, Alex Rawlings, Benny Lewis, Anthony Metivier and Jonathan Levi. Learn Spanish, Learn French, Learn German, ...
 
The Spoken History of a Global Language
 
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Word of Mouth
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Series exploring the world of words and the ways in which we use them
 
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The World in Words
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The World in Words is a podcast about languages and the people who speak them. What happens to the brain on bilingualism? Does it matter that so many languages are dying out? Should we fear the rise of global English? Is the United States losing its linguistic cohesion? Why are Chinese tech words so inventive? Why does Icelandic have so many cool swearwords? Patrick Cox and Nina Porzucki bring you stories from the world’s linguistic frontlines. Also at pri.org/language
 
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Talk the Talk
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A show about linguistics, the science of language, on RTRFM 92.1 community radio, Perth.
 
A podcast that's enthusiastic about linguistics by Gretchen McCulloch (All Things Linguistic) and Lauren Gawne (Superlinguo). A weird and deep conversation about language delivered right to your ears the third Thursday of every month. Bonus episodes: www.patreon.com/lingthusiasmShownotes: www.lingthusiasm.com
 
Speculative Grammarian—the premier scholarly journal featuring research in the neglected field of satirical linguistics—is now available as an arbitrarily irregular audio podcast. Our podcast includes readings of articles from our journal, the occasional musical number or dramatical piece, and our talk show, Language Made Difficult. Language Made Difficult is hosted by the SpecGram LingNerds, and features our signature linguistics quiz—Lies, Damned Lies, and Linguistics—along with some discu ...
 
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Noam Chomsky
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Conlangery Podcast
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The podcast about constructed languages
 
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Words for Granted
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Words for Granted is a podcast that looks at how words change over time. Host Ray Belli uses language--more specifically, individual words--as a way of making connections among history, culture, religion, and society.
 
This podcast is designed to inspire language teaching and learning. Tune in for book reviews, interviews with inspiring teachers, best practice ideas, linguistic facts, musings on current events and crazy language learning stories. For more information, visit www.languagefuel.com
 
Podcast by LSA 2017
 
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The Vocal Fries
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The podcast about linguistic discrimination. Learn about how we judge other people's speech as a sneaky way to be racist, sexist, classist, etc. Carrie and Megan teach you how to stop being an accidental jerk.To join our email list and get updates on new episodes and announcements, click here
 
Have you ever taken a language class? Have you taken a language class that teaches you how to say "I want to work at the United Nations" before "can you pass me the salt?" We're working to fix that. Critical Language Mentor has scoured the internet to find the best resources out there to help you learn languages better. We specialize in critical, less-commonly taught languages, like Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Persian and want to help you learn better.Visit us on the web at criticallanguage ...
 
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OnTranslation
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A discussion of contemporary issues in translation, from classical past to the global present, hosted by Mohammed Albakry (English, Middle Tennessee State Univ.) and Joseph McAlhany (History, Univ. of Connecticut).
 
Breaking Normal: Exploration of memetics, language, & mystery, and applying it to an everyday lifestyle
 
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"American English" is the variety of English spoken in the United States of America ... obviously. But is American English a language unto itself or a dialect of British English? In this episode, we discuss the differences between dialects and languages (if indeed there are any at all) from a linguistic point of view. Part 1 in a series on Amer ...…
 
Michael Rosen talks to Eddy Canfor-Dumas and Peter Osborn about how improving our dialogue is good for everything, from helping excluded children to resolving conflict. Producer Sally Heaven.
 
Dr Sali Tagliamonte tells us about her new research into the word 'wait'. You probably use it at the start of sentences, but why? News: A research team is learning to recognise speech from thoughts. And zebra finches show socially-guided vocal learning in their calls. Words of the Week: mood, vulva / vagina, Generation V, immune amnesia…
 
This episode is brought to you by Babbel. Try for free today at babbel.com/lexicon. How an old word for child morphed into a versatile, and very modern, suffix. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: fa ...…
 
We’re kicking off this season with a mini-series of interviews with our brand new ELT Content Editor, Jill Hadfield. Jill has been working in the English Language Teaching industry for many years, and brings with her a wealth of experience. In this mini-series, we get to know Jill a little better. In this episode, part one, we learn about how m ...…
 
The emotional appeal of handwriting and the emotional reveal of animal phrases. Should children be taught cursive writing in school, or is their time better spent studying other things? A handwritten note and a typed one may use the very same words, but handwritten version may seem much more intimate. Plus, English is full of grisly expressions ...…
 
Andriy asks: “Is it ok for me to study Spanish through English?” In Today's Episode: Given that your English is so strong, you shouldn’t have any problem! Laddering is the term given to learning a 2nd language through a 3rd The rule with laddering is that it should feel comfortable for you Resources Mentioned: Fluent Spanish Academy - My course ...…
 
Darin Olien, partners with Breaking Normal in THIS EPISODE! Visit barukas.com/breakingnormal enter code: breakingnormal to get 15% OFF all first purchase orders! You can also check out breakingnormal.com/podcast to check out the offer there! However you decide, this is an awesome Breaking Normal deal to experience this NEW Super NUT. Check out ...…
 
Answering the royal question: what would a perfect alphabet look like? Are there any redundant letters? News: Is it possible to learn new vocabulary during sleep? Also, we talk about the gold rush in ancient DNA. Words of the Week: pinch emoji, clusterfuzz, Green New Deal, complexifier.
 
Innes asks: “How can I keep my motivation up after returning from a trip abroad?” In Today's Episode: It’s a great feeling coming back home after a trip abroad, with newfound motivation to study: Remember that the logistics of studying in-amongst real life haven’t changed You’ve still got to commit It can help to re-examine your beliefs about h ...…
 
Michael Rosen talks in depth about dyslexia: what it is, how to understand it and useful advice for parents and teachers, with expert Professor Maggie Snowling CBE, President of St John's College, Oxford.Producer Beth O’Dea.
 
Andrew Sealy, ~ To BE THE BEST you must adapt and evolve to create your reality. You are Light now let's learn to Shine BRIGHT! What an episode, he's helped us understand in depth what success is at a personal level. It's all worded out here! Get in touch with Andrew! WEBSITE-> https://www.eatthriveyoga.com/ INSTAGRAM -> https://www.instagram.c ...…
 
If you speak both German and Spanish, you may find yourself reaching for a German word instead of a Spanish one, and vice versa. This puzzling experience is so common among polyglots that linguists have a name for it. Also, the best writers create luscious, long sentences using the same principles that make for a musician's melodious phrasing o ...…
 
Carrie and Megan talk with Dr. Nicole Holliday, Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Pomona College about Black English, biracial language, vocal fry, intonation, and the field of Obama linguistics. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donat ...…
 
Bobby Williams, a REAL life Super Hero, wrestler, climber, ATHLETE, with a mindset to match his intentions. A conscious approach to not only his physical wellbeing, but his mental abilities may be the key. Find out here! Check out Bobby! FACEBOOK-> https://www.facebook.com/bobby.williams.75248 INSTAGRAM -> https://www.instagram.com/bobbywilliam ...…
 
Troy Casey, THE Certified Health Nut, a dear friend, and an excellent speaker. He truly is a Health Nut and shares his perspective with us today on a wide variety of topics. This is NOT something to overlook, the value shared here is second to none. Get in Touch with Troy! WEBSITE-> http://certifiedhealthnut.com/consulting/ FACEBOOK-> https://w ...…
 
‘Idle’, ‘trivial’, ‘scurrilous’: the word ‘gossip’ is often accompanied by uncomplimentary adjectives. But don’t dismiss it; from childbirth to Hollywood to political analysis to whisper networks, gossip may be more useful and serious than you realise. Lainey Lui, founder of laineygossip.com, and Buzzfeed News’ senior culture writer (and doctor ...…
 
Adam Roa creates content that helps enlighten, expand, and entertain in hopes that one day we will live in a reality in which everyone is choosing love in every possible moment. He has a podcast called "The Deep Dive With Adam Roa" that is available on Soundcloud, iTunes, and your podcast apps. Now you can check him out HERE, by tuning into thi ...…
 
Preston Smiles, a source for INSPIRATION, LOVE, and EMPOWERMENT. He can breakdown large concepts and puts them into actionable steps you can apply now. Check out Preston Smiles! YOUTUBE-> https://www.youtube.com/user/questionswithPreston/featured FACEBOOK-> https://www.facebook.com/prestonsmiles1 TWITTER-> https://twitter.com/PrestonSmiles INST ...…
 
Olly reveals his plans for 2019 In Today's Episode: New Uncovered courses - learn a new language through the power of story: Italian French Japanese Arabic Language Influencer Summit - coming up in Berlin at the end of March. New video libraries of real conversations, fully transcribed and translated: Thai Russian Conversations Vol. 2 - the plo ...…
 
Eric Neff, Criminal Defense Attorney for the Los Angeles District Attorney Office, interrogates me today about my past, present & future. In a change in pace, we BREAK NORMAL, by switching roles... I am not asking the questions here, he most definitely is. I’m Check out Dan and continue to follow! Get the book on Audible! https://www.audible.co ...…
 
This episode is brought to you by Babbel. Try for free today at babbel.com/lexicon. Some more of the many ways that neologisms form. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Ema ...…
 
From Ashby-de-la-Zouch to Zennor, via Great Snoring, Lost and Nempnett Thrubwell, Michael Rosen is joined by linguists Dr Laura Wright and Professor Richard Coates to explore the origins of the UK's place names. What are the meanings of some of the most common village name formations, and how did some of the stranger names come about? Producer: ...…
 
Fiddler on the Roof is heading to Broadway — in Yiddish for the first time. What goes into the production? How does translation work? What does this production mean to the cast and to audience members? Daniel speaks with the creative team in charge of the production on this episode of Talk the Talk.
 
Chase Boehringer: 'It's not about the bucket list... It's about the adventure' Wow, does Chase live by this quote! He shares with us his experiences and stories he's gathered over the years. From being in the MMA, to openly traveling the world on a journey. What is he doing next? I imagine we'll be seeing one another again soon in Austin, TX. F ...…
 
Chances are you recognize the expressions Judgment Day and the root of all evil as phrases from the Bible. There are many others, though, some of which may surprise you: the powers that be and bottomless pit first appeared in scripture. Plus, there's a term for when the language of a minority is adopted by the majority. When, for example, expre ...…
 
Doug Allan joins us on the Breaking Normal Podcast and shares a candid conversation with us and opens up to radical honesty as a practice that he's developed over the years. Now a retired entrepreneur, he's exploring potential everywhere. Connect with Doug! FB: https://www.facebook.com/DougAllanMaui IG: https://www.instagram.com/doug.r.allan/ C ...…
 
George reflects on completing his PhD, and talks to those conlangers who might be considering graduate study in linguistics. Script below the fold: Welcome to Conlangery, the podcast about constructed languages and the people who create them. I’m George Corley, and we’re back! We’re going to have a short episode today, just to catch y’all... Re ...…
 
The name of “France” derives from the name of a Germanic tribe called the “Franks.” In addition to “France,” the name of the “Franks” also produced a handful of other common English words, such as frank, franchise, and Franklin, among others. Today, these words have little to do with France, but as we investigate their etymologies, subtle conne ...…
 
In the years immediately following the Black Death, a labor shortage in the countryside led to the rise of yeomen and other rural laborers. The rise of these English-speaking classes led to corresponding rise in the prestige of English. The ascendency of English culminated with the Statute of Pleading which made English the official language of ...…
 
Conscious veganism and a list below of reasons why - This episode is all about 'Food for Thought'. Angel, a new found friend, is passionate about her knowledge and understanding of the subject and it shows in this episode. #1 - Animal Welfare #2 Reverse Starvation #3 Reverse Water Storage #4 Reverse Deforestation #5 Reverse Global Warming #6 Re ...…
 
Dr John Olsson talks to Michael Rosen about how he uses forensic linguistics, specifically authorship analysis, to solve crimes including murder, false witness and hate mail. What he does is work out whether a text, email or letter is likely to have come from the person it says it is from - or whether, in some cases, it is in fact being sent by ...…
 
What were the words that marked our year? Daniel was there for the serious, the social, and the silly at the American Dialect Society's annual Word of the Year vote. Hedvig and Daniel discuss all the words on this episode of Talk the Talk.
 
Mohammed Albakry interviews Lynn Palermo, a translator from French and winner of a 2019 NEA Translation Grant Award. They talk about her work translating Fabienne Kanor's novel, the collaborative process in translation, teaching translation, and much more.
 
The anatomy of effective prose, and the poetry of anatomy. Ever wonder what it'd be like to audit a class taught by a famous writer? A graduate student's essay offers a taste of a semester studying with author Annie Dillard. Also, what did George Washington sound like when he spoke? We can make a few guesses based on his social class and a look ...…
 
Carrie interviews Megan about child language acquisition and why correcting kids' "mistakes" is not worth your time. We're an indie podcast with limited resources, so we could really use your support. You can set up a monthly recurring donation at patreon.com/vocalfriespod. The $5 a month level gives you access to our monthly bonus episode, as ...…
 
If you wince when you hear someone say “a whole nother level”, “hone in on” or “right from the gecko”, here’s some bad news: you might have to get used to it. The English language is full of words and expressions that were mistakes that stuck around. Countdown’s Susie Dent holds our hands and takes us on a tour of misspellings, mishearings, scr ...…
 
Greg Koch, founder of Stone Brewing and an amazing person to hold a conversation with. His intuition is what led him to become a major player in the brewing world, and his ability to tune out others opinions and listen to his heart is what gave him the perspective to create his success. Check out Greg Koch & Stone Brewing! https://www.stonebrew ...…
 
Family law barrister and chair of The Transparency Project Lucy Reed talks to Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright about the language of the courtroom and how to make family justice clearer.Producer Sally Heaven
 
This episode is brought to you by Babbel. Try for free today at babbel.com/lexicon. An actually very literal discussion of true words. Really! Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/Lexicon ...…
 
This week on "A Way with Words": Grant and Martha discuss the L-word--or two L-words, actually: liberal and libertarian. They reflect different political philosophies, so why do they look so similar? Also, is the term expat racist? A journalist argues that the word expat carries a value judgment, suggesting that Westerners who move to another c ...…
 
Giedrius Rekleitis is a Master user of psychedelics and a master of creating an extraoridnary environment to allow others to experience their healing powers. "The poison is in the medicine, and the medicine is in the dosage." He is now a Tribe Design Facilitator so he may bring his practice to the world. Connect with G! Facebook: https://www.fa ...…
 
The Rift Valley area of central and northern Tanzania is the only area where languages from all four African language families are found (Bantu, Cushitic, Nilotic, and Khoisan). Languages in this area have been in contact with each other for a long time, especially in the minds of bi- and multilingual speakers, so it’s a really interesting plac ...…
 
A freestyle lyricist and rap King, a facilitator and Leader for International Tribe Design and a student of life. How his lyricism arrived and how his eyes were opened through moving forward.. Connect with Tyson Wagner! IG: https://www.instagram.com/tyson.tv/?hl=en Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tyson.wagner His NEW SHOW! 'Floasis Music' Yo ...…
 
Alison Teal, Time Magazine’s Female Indiana Jones, travels the world seeking out the greatest myths, mysteries, and legends on earth. A lifelong explorer and professional filmmaker she shares her films and photos through her blog and social media. With a mission to educate through entertainment, Alison’s Adventures series inspires millions acro ...…
 
Frank Jay, co-founder of International Tribe Design (ITD), sits down with us while in Hawaii as ITD X(10) comes to a conclusion. Daniel and Frank Jay explore friendship, faith, fear and begin to truly indulge in their own relationship in a synergistic flow that oozes value for us all to take in. Connect with Frank Jay: Personal FB: https://www. ...…
 
Michael Rosen talks to comedian Elis James about how to make language funny. In Elis' case, this is both the English language and the Welsh language, but which is funnier?Produced by Sally Heaven
 
Rafe Kelley, a coach who assists people to open to their empowered state through pure, natural, & instinctive movement. The benefits of something so natural, yet seemingly forgotten in today's society, is astounding and explored today. Connect with Rafe Kelley: Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/RafeKelleyMovement/ & https://www.facebook.com/evo ...…
 
Welcome part 5 of my conversation with Lydia Machova, from LanguageMentoring.com In Today's Episode: Make a Success of Long-Term Learning: I estimate it takes 500 hours (European language, B2 level, efficient time) = 2 years of 1 hours a day with breaks (2 months learning, 1 month break) ... but it's not necessary to learn non-stop! (My Swahili ...…
 
Echoes of the Greatest Generation, and a tasty bite of history. The language and melodies of military marching songs can connect grown children with their parents who served. Is there a collection of those military cadences somewhere? Also, a story about a woman sifting through her parents' love letters from World War II, and a puzzling phrase ...…
 
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