The World in Words
About This Show
The World in Words is a podcast about languages and the people who speak them. What happens to the brain on bilingualism? Does it matter that so many languages are dying out? Should we fear the rise of global English? Is the United States losing its linguistic cohesion? Why are Chinese tech words so inventive? Why does Icelandic have so many cool swearwords? Patrick Cox and Nina Porzucki bring you stories from the world’s linguistic frontlines. Also at pri.org/language.
Most Recent Episode
Elena Ferrante & Italy's Linguistic Past
Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels have become a global hit. Their plot is rife with love and sex and the mob AND language. This week on the podcast we explore Italy's linguistic history and the tensions between Italian dialects like Neapolitan and the lingua franca. BONUS: Patrick Cox will sing for you in his best Italian accent.
Rated 5 out of
Always interesting and often fascinating
I really enjoy the guests and topics on the World In Words as host Patrick Cox always finds something and/or someone to keep me interested. Also the topics range from familiar languages and aspects to the most obscure but always entertaining as well as informative without, pardon the intentional pun, being too wordy.
Date published: 2013-12-17
Rated 5 out of
This is a great show, usually short and sweet and I'm always learning new things :)
Date published: 2016-07-05