This podcast series will highlight some of the most important aspects of linguistics. Over the span of numerous episodes, we’ll discuss topics such as the definition of linguistics, history of the English language, word structure, speech sounds, grammar, meaning, sentence structure, and more. If you’re interested in learning more about language but don’t have oodles of free time, this series will introduce you to the beauty of linguistics in short and sweet, light-hearted episodes.
How Did the English Language Come to Be? How Did English Originate?
This episode of Linguistics with Laura will provide a brief overview of English and a brief history of the language. Tune in to learn about Indo-European languages, Old English, Middle English, Modern English, and everything that went down in between.
What is Phonology?
In this episode, we’ll dive into more of the sound-related aspects of linguistics with an overview of phonology. Tune in to learn about English’s phonological rules, patterns, and fascinating nuances.
Accents and Pronunciations Across the US
In this episode, I sit down with one of my best friends Katie who joins me in discussing different types of US accents. Tune in to find out how we pronounce words like museum, aunt, caramel, coupon and more!
What is Phonetics?
In this episode, we’ll take a deep dive into the acoustic side of linguistics with the topic of phonetics. Tune in to learn all about how speech sounds are created in the human body and how these sounds are distinguished from one another.
What is Semantics? How is Meaning Conveyed Through Language?
In this episode of Linguistics with Laura, we’ll talk about one of the most important aspects of language: semantics. This sixth episode will explain the difference between homophones, heterographs, and homonyms as well as polysemy, auto-antonyms, tautologies, contradictions, anomalies, metaphors, and more. How does context affect the meaning of our words and sentences? How is truth conveyed through language, and how is it not? Tune in to find out.
Is There A Correct Way To Speak A Language?
This episode will answer a key question in linguistics that has probably come up in your everyday life, whether you realize it or not. We’ll discuss language prescriptivism as well as its antithesis, language descriptivism. Tune in to learn both the short and long answer to the question of whether there is a right or wrong way to speak.