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Podcast Series: Talkin' About Talk
Talkin' About Talk is a collection of fascinating insights into language: a series of 52 little essays—conversational in tone, light and anecdotal in style—that encourage language study and invite listeners to look further into the subject of each essay. The series, part of the 2005: The Year of Languages celebration, was co-sponsored by the College of Charleston (SC) and the National Museum of Language. The material was written by a wide-ranging group of experts, including some of the most well-known linguists in America. The architect and voice of Talkin' About Talk is Dr. Rick Rickerson, professor Emeritus at the College of Charleston.
These segments have been made available gratis by the College of Charleston and Rick Rickerson. Please contact the College of Charleston about permissions. View the information page on the College of Charleston website. View all files on iTunes.
|Talkin' About Talk|
"How many languages are there in the world?"
"What was the first language?"
"Did all languages come from one source?"
Marty Abbott/Steve Ackley
"What is the Year of Languages?"
"Where Did English Come From?"
"Whatever happened to Esperanto?"
"Who owns English?"
"Do all Southerners have the same dialect?"
"Is there a language crisis in the US?"
"What does it take to learn a Second Language?"
"What's the History of Language Study in the US?"
"Should we be learning Arabic?"
"Is sign language a universal language?"
"Are dialects dying the the US?"
"Why Do Languages Change?"
"Is Pidgin English Just Bad English?"
"Was German Almost the Language of America?"
Roberta Golinkoff/Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
"How Do Babies Learn Their Mother Tongue?"
"Can Monolingualism Be Cured?"
"Why is Chinese so hard to learn?"
"Should we teach languages in elementary school?"
Peter T. Daniels
"Where did writing come from?"
"What Causes Foreign Accents?"
"How can you keep languages in a museum?"
"How many Native American languages are there?"
"Should we still be studying Russian?"
Geoffrey K. Pullum
"Does Language influence the way we think?"
"How are dictionaries made?"
"What's Cajun and where did it come from?"
"Can you set standards for language?"
"What is the future of Spanish in the US?"
G. Tucker Childs
"Is it a dialect or a language?"
"Is Japanese related to Chinese?"
Pardee Lowe Jr.
"Why are linguists interested in Icelandic?"
"Why is language a National Security issue?"
"Is Swahili the language of Africa?"
"Is each person's language unique?"
"How good is machine translation?"
"What does it take to be an interpreter?"
"Who speaks what languages in the U.S.?"
Sheri Spaine Long
"Why study abroad?"
Dr. Michael Erard
"What does language have to do with national security?"
Dr. Michael Erard
"How many languages is it possible for a person to speak?"
Dr. Henk Haarmann
"Is there such a thing as too much language learning?"
"Why do languages die?"
Akira Yamamoto, Marcellino Berardo,
Tracy Hirata-Edds, Mary Linn, Lizette Peter,
and Kimiko Yamamoto
"Can threatened or dying languages be revived?"
"Does anybody here speak Klingon?"
Dr. Paul B. Garrett
Dr. Frederick Jackson
"Can you make a living loving languages?"
|Program #52||"What don't we know about language?"|