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A podcast about language and linguistics

A podcast about language and linguistics
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Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

A podcast about language and linguistics

Twitter:

@omniglossia

Language:

English

Contact:

07812046610


Episodes

Episode 20 – Language Families

7/19/2019
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In this episode I talk about language families – what they are, and how they develop, and I introduce some major and minor language families. According to Wikipedia, a language family is “a group of languages related through descent from a common ancestral language or parental language, called the proto-language of that family”. According to […]

Duration:00:19:58

Episode 19 – Pidgins and Creoles

6/29/2019
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In this episode I talk about pidgins and creoles – what are they, how they develop, what they sound like, how they are structed, and so on. Here’s how a pidgin or pidgin language is defined on Dictionary.com: 1. an auxiliary language that has come into existence through the attempts by the speakers of two […]

Duration:00:20:36

Episode 18 – Adventures in Polyglotland

6/10/2019
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In this episode I bring you news from the 2019 Polyglot Gathering, an annual get-together of polyglots and language lovers from all over the world. This year the Polyglot Gathering took place in Bratislava, Slovakia for the third time – it started in 2015 in Berlin, and was there for three years, then moved to […]

Duration:00:27:17

Episode 17 – Slang

5/19/2019
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In this episode we have a little natter about slang – what it is, where it comes from, and how it’s used. Here are a few definitions of slang: language peculiar to a particular group: such as argot or jargon. an informal nonstandard vocabulary composed typically of coinages, arbitrarily changed words, and extravagant, forced, or […]

Duration:00:15:30

Episode 16 – Grammar

4/30/2019
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In this episode I talk about grammar – what it is, where it comes from, how it develops, and how knowledge of grammar can help you to learn languages. This post was partly inspired by this post on the Polyglots (Community) group on Facebook. What is grammar? It is defined by the Oxford Dictionaries as […]

Duration:00:15:55

Episode 15 – Esperanto

4/11/2019
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In this episode I talk about the international language, or la lingva internacia, otherwise known as Esperanto. I look into it’s history and development, and discuss the language itself. Here are some native speakers of Esperanto (they do exist) talking in Esperanto: How Esperanto can help you to learn other languages: This is an original […]

Duration:00:10:29

Episode 14 – Alphabets and Writing Systems

3/20/2019
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Most people know, or at least have some idea what an alphabet is, but many people might not be so familiar with abjads, abugidas, syllabaries and other writing systems. In this episode I explain what these words mean, and how these writing systems work. I also talk a bit about the history of writing. Here […]

Duration:00:23:29

Episode 13 – The Story of Omniglot

2/27/2019
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When people ask me what I do, I usually tell them that I write and talk about languages for a living, mainly on my website. This leads to more questions about what exactly my website is about, how I make money from it, and what I spend my days doing. In this episode I try […]

Duration:00:17:29

Episode 12 – Cornish (Kernewek)

2/4/2019
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In this episode I talk about Cornish, the Celtic language spoken in the southwest of Britain. I look at the history of the language, its decline and revival, and current status, and talk a bit about the language itself, and how I learnt it. This is an example of An Mis, a monthly news programme […]

Duration:00:20:49

Episode 11 – Fewer than Less

1/12/2019
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In this episode I discuss the distinction between between less and fewer, and commonly-held beliefs about English grammar and usage. I investigate where these ‘rules’ and practises originated and find out who is responsible. Less & Fewer Less was used to mean fewer, i.e. a smaller number of from the 9th century. From the 11th […]

Duration:00:15:21

Episode 10 – Languages & Dialects

12/22/2018
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In this episode I look into the differences between languages and dialects, and talk a bit about where they come from and how they develop. Max Weinreich (1894-1969), a Russian linguist who specialised in sociolinguistics and Yiddish, popularised the saying, אַ שפּראַך איז אַ דיאַלעקט מיט אַן אַרמיי און פֿלאָט (a shprakh iz a dialekt […]

Duration:00:16:04

Episode 9 – Welsh (Cymraeg)

12/1/2018
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In this episode I talk about Welsh (Cymraeg), a Celtic language spoken mainly in Wales, a part of the UK. I delve into the history of the language, its current status, the language itself, and how I learnt it and use it. I also talk to a Welsh learner from Michigan in the USA who […]

Duration:00:35:29

Episode 8 – Polyglottery

11/12/2018
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This epsiode is about polyglottery and was partly recorded at the 2018 Polyglot Conference in Ljubljana in Slovenia. I talk about what is a polyglot, how many languages you have to speak to call yourself a polyglot, and discuss what polyglots get up to, including the Polyglot Conference and other polyglot events, such as the […]

Duration:00:29:54

Episode 7 – Manx (Gaelg)

10/16/2018
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In this episode I talk about Manx (Gaelg), or Manx Gaelic (Gaelg Vanninagh), a Celtic language spoken in the Isle of Man. I look at the history of the language, its decline and revival, and its current situation. I also talk about my own experiences with the language, and play a few Manx tunes, and […]

Duration:00:27:19

Episode 6 – Accents

9/30/2018
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This episode is about accents. What are they? Where do they come from? Does it matter if you have a foreign accent when speaking a foreign language? Can you acquire a native-like accent in another language as an adult? If so, how do you do so? Some definitions of the word acccent: “a distinctive way […]

Duration:00:17:17

Episode 5 – Solresol – The Musical Language

9/12/2018
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In this episode I talk about Solresol, a musical language invented by François Sudre in the early 19th century. It is designed to be a simple language for international communication with just seven basic syllables based on the Western major musical scale (do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, si). Solresol was the first constructed language […]

Duration:00:13:37

Episode 4 – The Language of Music

8/28/2018
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In this episode I talk about Italian, and specifically about the Italian words used in Western classical music. I investigate why Italian is used, look at some of the words, and find out what they mean and how they are used in Italian. This podcast is also available on SoundCloud, and you can download it […]

Duration:00:21:03

Episode 3 – Irish (Gaeilge)

8/11/2018
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This episode of the Radio Omniglot Podcast is about the Irish language, or Gaeilge, as it’s known in Irish. I talk about my own Irish learning journey and adventures. Then look at the history of the language and its current state, and talk a bit about the language itself, with examples to illustrate its structure. […]

Duration:00:20:10

Episode 2 – Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig)

7/20/2018
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This episode of the Radio Omniglot Podcast is about Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig). I talk about the current state of the language, its history, how it is used, about my experiences of learning it, and share some observations I’ve collected from other Gaelic speakers and learners. This podcast is also available on SoundCloud, and you can […]

Duration:00:21:37

Epsiode 1 – My Language Learning Adventures

6/30/2018
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In this first episode of the Radio Omniglot Podcast, I talk about my own language learning adventures. About the languages I’ve learned, and how and why I learned them. This podcast is also available on SoundCloud, and you can download it here. You can also read about my language learning adventures on Omniglot. If you […]

Duration:00:16:36