Lingthusiasm - A podcast that's enthusiastic about linguistics
About This Show
Lingthusiasm is a podcast that’s enthusiastic about linguistics, hosted by Lauren Gawne (www.superlinguo.com) and Gretchen McCulloch (www.allthingslinguistic.com). Updates monthly on the third Thursday. Shownotes for more information about each episode at www.lingthusiasm.com and bonus episodes at patreon.com/lingthusiasm.
Most Recent Episode
12: Sounds you can’t hear - Babies, accents, and phonemes
3 days ago
Why does it always sound slightly off when someone tries to imitate your accent? Why do tiny children learning your second language already sound better than you, even though you’ve been learning it longer than they’ve been alive? What does it mean for there to be sounds you can’t hear?
In Episode 12 of Lingthusiasm, your hosts Lauren Gawne and Gretchen McCulloch explore the fundamental linguistic insight at the heart of all these questions: the phoneme. We also talk about how to bore babies (for science!), how sounds appear and disappear in a language, and how to retain our sense of wonder when the /t/ you hear doesn’t match up with the /t/ I hear.
LIVESHOW: Exciting news! We’re having a liveshow on Saturday, September 23rd in Montreal. It’s at 8pm (doors), 8:30 (start) at Argo Bookshop, 1915 Ste-Catherine W. The show is free, with snacks by donation, but please register via Eventbrite so we have enough chairs and snacks for all! https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/lingthusiasm-a-liveshow-thats-enthusiastic-about-linguistics-montreal-tickets-37904826356
This month’s Patreon bonus was about linguistic research, and how to do it when you don’t have a university or a research budget, as nominated and voted on by our patrons. You can get access to it and previous bonuses about language games, hypercorrection, swearing, teaching yourself linguistics, and explaining linguistics to employers by supporting Lingthusiasm on Patreon.
For the links mentioned in this episode, check out our shownotes page at: http://lingthusiasm.com/post/165591628291/lingthusiasm-episode-12-sounds-you-cant-hear