Learning new languages can help us understand other cultures and countries. Cognitive science professor Lera Boroditsky says the languages we speak can do more than that—they can shape how we see the world in profound ways.
There’s a language which is said to be the smallest language in the world. It has around 123 words, five vowels, nine consonants, and apparently you can become fluent in it with around 30 hours’ study. It was invented by linguist Sonja Lang in 2001, and it’s called Toki Pona. And fellow Radiotopian Nate DiMeo, from the Memory Palace, decided we should learn it together. Find the Memory Palace at http://thememorypalace.us/. Read more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/tokipona and say hello at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow. The Allusionist is a proud member of http://Radiotopia.fm for http://PRX.org.
When you describe yourself to others you might mention your height, hairstyle, or maybe your build. But one of the most telling things about you is something you can’t even see, yet it defines you more than you realize. Your accent tells others where you’re from, who you identify with, and maybe even where you’re going. How did accents evolve and why are American accents so different from British accents? Featuring Hollywood Dialect Coach Erik Singer and Linguistics Professor Dr. Walt Wolfram.Twenty Thousand Hertz is hosted by Dallas Taylor and produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound.Consider supporting the show at donate.20k.orgEpisode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.
Vocal fry. Code switching. Black Twitter. Valley girls. Culture vultures. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TALKING. Alie battles traffic to sit down with linguistics professor Dr. Nicole Holliday about intonational phonology: how tones and pitch help us bond with others and construct identities. Inspired in part by former President Barack Obama's masterful linguistic variability, Dr. Holliday's work focuses on how language is used in the crossing and construction of racial/ethnic boundaries. She graciously fielded tons of questions for a fascinating dive into the nuances and strict grammatical rules of African American Language, cultural appropriation, our educational system, honoring your identity, what not to wear in Paris and the roiling debate over who is the best rapper. Also: Alie is maybe a lizard person.Follow Dr. Nicole Holliday @MixedLinguist on Twitter and InstagramBecome a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologiesOlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes!Follow @Ologies on Twitter or InstagramFollow @AlieWard on Twitter or InstagramMore links at www.alieward.com
Adela chats with Alie Ward, the host of the Ologies podcast. We featured the “Phonology with Nicole Holliday” episode of Ologies on our podcast listening list on Language. Some of the things they talked about: LANGUAGE podcast listening list Ologies episode “Phonology with Nicole Holliday” Ologies episode “Entomology with Lila Higgins” Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Ologies episode “Corvid Thanatology (CROW FUNERALS) with Kaeli Swift” Ologies Patreon Alie’s advice for science communication: pretend you are at a dinner party, show up like you belong, and have fun! Some of Alie’s recording tips: use temi.com to get transcriptions and snap/clap at beginning of new takes. Alie’s awkward, yet awesome, interview with Dr. Caleb Finch, a Biogerontologist (study of aging) Alie’s super-serious episode interviewing the guy who studies laughter: “Gelotology with Lee Berk” Alie’s advice: don’t ever google “mango worms” or “botfly larvae” Alie’s podcast pick: All My Relations (episode: “Can a DNA test make me Native American”). It’s is a podcast to discuss relationships as Native peoples–relationships to land, to ancestors, and to each other. Find out more about Ologies on the website , Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Find out more about Alie on her website, Twitter, and Instagram. Critical Frequency – “a podcast network for everyone else” Podchaser – “the IMDb of podcasts” Audioboom – check out Dead Man Talking podcast Listen Notes – “the best podcast search engine” Podfest Multimedia Expo – Podcast Conference Podbean – use the code “pbc” for one month free on podcast hosting
Adela and Sara discuss the podcast playlist on Language, which included episodes from The Allusionist, Ologies, Twenty Thousand Hertz, and Hidden Brain. Then, as usual, they diverge from the assigned listening list to talk about the recent Podcast Brunch Club meetings that happened in Houston and Chicago and some of the recommendations that came out of those meetings. Here are links to the things we talked about: Audible Feast article “The Helen Zaltzman Perfect Podcast Trifecta” Sara’s favorite Ologies episodes: Trains (Ferroequinology) and Noses (Rhinology) Podcast Brunch Club’s Citizen Science listening list Punch Up the Jam (a comedy podcast about reviewing and rewriting the hits) Gravy (the Southern Foodways Alliance documents, studies, and explores the diverse food cultures of the changing American South) The Dropout (the story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos is an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong) Episode Party (two hosts and one special guest discuss three of their favorite podcasts) The Gateway (a six-part series about Teal Swan, a new brand of spiritual guru, who draws in followers with her hypnotic self-help YouTube videos aimed at people who are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts) Find out how Podcast Brunch Club works and get involved in the discussion! Join PBC: newsletter, in-person chapter, Facebook Group, twitter, PBC subreddit Join Audible Feast: website, newsletter, Facebook, twitter Audio editing and production by Steven Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting. Music included in this episode was ”Elephant Walk” by Podington Bear and “Paradise” by Misael Gauna. Organizational Partners include (learn how to support Podcast Brunch Club): Podbean – use the code “pbc” for one month free on podcast hosting Critical Frequency – “a podcast network for everyone else” Podchaser – “the IMDb of podcasts” Audioboom – check out Dead Man Talking podcast Listen Notes – “the best podcast search engine”
Sara chats with Helen Zaltzman, the host of The Allusionist and Answer Me This podcasts. We featured an episode of The Allusionist called “Toki Pona” on our podcast playlist on Language. Some of the things they talked about: The Allusionist episode “95. Verisimilitude” about inventing languages for HBO’s Game of Thrones. Ologies episode featuring Helen: “Etymology (WORD ORIGINS) with Helen Zaltzman of The Allusionist podcast” Helen appeared on an episode of Pounded in the Butt by My Own Podcast: “Monday Pounds Me In The Butt, read by Helen Zaltzman” Helen wants to be on Desert Island Discs Helen’s podcast picks: BBC World Service’s Witness History (9 minute oral histories) and Imaginary Advice (combo of audio fiction, stand-up poetry, and monologues). She recommends starting with Imaginary Advice’s ”Six House Parties” episode. Find out more about The Allusionist on the website , on Facebeook, and on Twitter. Learn how to support Podcast Brunch Club. Current Organizational Partners include: Critical Frequency – “a podcast network for everyone else” Podchaser – “the IMDb of podcasts” Audioboom – check out Dead Man Talking podcast Listen Notes – “the best podcast search engine” Podbean – use the code “pbc” for one month free on podcast hosting