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Episode 21: Matheus Freitas, part 1, on the vowels of Brazilian Portuguese

In this episode, Lisa returns after a time away, just in time to talk to Matheus Freitas of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais about the vowels of Brazilian...

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Episode 20: Amanda Lafleur, part 3, more on what makes Louisiana French unique

In this episode, we return after vacation and finish our discussion with Amanda Lafleur about Louisiana French. It’s a fun – and funny! – episode, and we think you’ll...

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Episode 19: Amanda Lafleur, part 2, on peculiarities in Louisiana French and Creole

This week we continue our conversation with Amanda Lafleur about Louisiana French. The first part of our conversation focused on the development of the Dictionary of Louisiana French. In...

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Episode 18: Amanda Lafleur, part 1, on the development of the Dictionary of Louisiana French

This week we continue our conversation about Louisiana French with the first of three episodes taken from our interview with Amanda Lafleur. Dr Ancelet’s interview was about the socio-historical...

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Episode 17: Barry Ancelet, part 3, on the future of Louisiana French

This week, we finish our discussion with Barry Ancelet. We turn to the future of Louisiana French, how it’s expressing itself, and the positive signs that there is a...

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Episode 16: Barry Ancelet, part 2, on Louisiana French identity and literacy

This week we continue our conversation on Louisiana French with Dr. Barry Ancelet, noted folklorist and expert in Cajun culture. We talk about the differences between Louisiana French and...

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Upcoming Guests

Justin Wolfe and Judith Maxwell portrait, May 2009 (4730) - RGB

Judie M. Maxwell

mayan / gulf

Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology at Tulane University. An icon in the field of Mayan linguistics. Working to revitalize the Tunica language in her copious free time.


R. David Zorc


Lexicographer. Historical Linguist. Retired after a lifetime of research on languages around the world, particularly Philippine languages. Wrote the seminal work on Bisayan classification. All around great guy.

Anthony Grant


Fell in love with Linguistics as a young man in an old library. Studies wordlists for fun. Professor at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk. Speaks with a British accent.


David Gil


“My interest is in languages, linguistic theory and the interaction of grammar with other cognitive domains. But one can’t do everything, so my actual research activities have tended to meander over the years…”