Series: Historical

Episode 14: R. David Zorc, part 2, more on the Bisayan languages

In this week’s episode, we continue our conversation with R. David Zorc, noted linguist of Philippine languages. We talk about the Philippine “Focus System”, genitive case markers, and the future of Linguistics in the Philippines. TOPICS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: the Philippine “Focus System” “Philippine-type” languages What voice is “marked” in Bisayan languages? What is…

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Episode 13: R. David Zorc, part 1, on the Bisayan languages

In this week’s episode, we call R. David Zorc on the phone and talk about the Bisayan languages of the Philippines. It’s a fun and informative interview. If you’re interested in Philippine languages, or language classification, tune in and enjoy! TOPICS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE: How did Dr. Zorc get into linguistics? and why the…

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Episode 6: Anthony Grant, part 2, more on Lexicostatistics, Tagmemics, Word Borrowings, and Philippine languages

Today’s episode provides the listener with a few “outtakes” from Jarrette’s conversation with Anthony Grant that we weren’t able to include in the first episode (Episode 5) but that definitely were worth including! Topics include: cognacy grids and how lexicostatistics resembles biology exclusively shared innovations cognate density numbers languages mentioned: Aklanon, Tagalog, Chavacano (Zamboangueño), Ilocano,…

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Episode 5: Anthony Grant, part 1, on Lexicostatistics Today

On this week’s episode, we interview Dr. Anthony Grant, Professor of Historical Linguistics and Language in the Department of English, History & Creative Writing at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, Lancashire, in the United Kingdom. This episode serves as one of the introductory topics to the rest of the podcast episodes, as it discusses one aspect of language diversity around the world: the methodology called lexicostatistics. What is lexicostatistics? How is it related to the controversial idea of glottochronology? What can we learn from lexicostatistics, and why is it an important methodology in modern Linguistics?

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Episode 2: Judie Maxwell, part 1, on Language Diversity

In this episode, we talk to our own beloved professor Judith M. Maxwell of Tulane University about language diversity. Because the purpose of this podcast is to discuss the unique languages of the world, the first few episodes are intended to help set the stage for a discussion of the world’s unique languages. We talk…

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