Welcome to Paul Meier's free, monthly "In a Manner of Speaking" podcasts, which he began in February 2018. Each podcast tackles a topic related to the spoken word, including idiolects, news reading, pragmatics, code-switching, Original Pronunciation, phonetics, dialect clichés and stereotypes, and dialects of indigenous peoples.
Paul also invites guests, such as renowned linguist David Crystal, indigenous-speech expert Eric Armstrong, Audie Award-winning audiobook narrators Tavia Gilbert and Julia Whelan, renowned dialect coaches and designers Jim Johnson and Amy Stoller, actress Laraine Newman, and Australian bestseller writer Mem Fox.
(Bach's Cello Suite #1 in G Major BMV 1007 Prelude (by Ivan Dolgunov) courtesy of Jamendo Licensing.)
Episode 55 (Language Versus Reality)
Paul's guest for August 2022 is Nick Enfield, professor of linguistics at the University of Sydney. Inspired by Nick's 2022 book, "Language Vs. Reality: Why Language Is Good for Lawyers and Bad for Scientists," Paul and Nick discuss how language is not always the best tool for conveying and representing reality. For more information on Professor Enfield, visit NickEnfield.org. And for more information (and lots of complementary content) on the topics discussed in this and all of Paul's podcasts, please visit the main podcast page at PaulMeier.com/in-a-manner-of-speaking.
Episode 54 (The Woman's Voice)
Patsy Rodenburg -- often considered the world's leading voice teacher and coach -- is Paul Meier's guest for the July 2022 episode of "In a Manner of Speaking." Paul and Patsy discuss a range of topics related to Patsy's forthcoming book, "The Woman's Voice." For more information about Professor Rodenburg, OBE, please visit the web page on PaulMeier.com devoted to this podcast, or https://patsyrodenburg.co.uk/.
Episode 53 (The Bard of Bath)
For the June 2022 edition of his "In a Manner of Speaking" podcast, Paul Meier welcomes the "Bard of Bath," Kevan Manwaring. The two discuss the ancient Bardic Tradition and how it is still relevant and powerful today. For more information on Kevan and the Bardic Tradition, visit PaulMeier.com/2022/06/01/episode-53-the-bard-of-bath/.
Episode 52 (How To Do Accents)
Paul's guests for May 2022 are Edda Sharpe and Jan Haydn Rowles, authors of "How To Do Accents" and leading figures in the world of voice, speech, and dialects. The three discuss dialects in the English National Opera revival of "My Fair Lady" (coached by Edda) and the film "Belfast" (coached by Jan). They also engage in a larger discussion of dialects and accents, including the ones featured in those productions: Received Pronunciation (RP), Northern Irish, and Cockney.
Episode 51 (Celebrating the First 50)
The April 2022 episode is a celebration of the first 50 episodes of "In a Manner of Speaking," the podcast Paul began in February 2018. Reminisce with Paul about some of his favorite episodes and join him in thanking all his guests -- and YOU for listening. And, as always, visit the main podcast page (https://www.paulmeier.com/in-a-manner-of-speaking/) for more info. (Bach's Cello Suite #1 in G Major BMV 1007 Prelude (by Ivan Dolgunov) is courtesy of Jamendo Licensing.)
Episode 50 (The Power of Voice)
Paul’s guest for March 2022 is Denise Woods, a successful Hollywood dialect coach, theatre professor at the California Institute of the Arts, and author of "The Power of Voice." The two discuss topics related to dialect coaching, including audiobook narration, accent modification or "reduction," and coaching Black actors.
Are you interested in Accents
Paul Meier knows his stuff.
The deep dives into dialects, accents, Shakespeare - terrific.
A rare chance to hear voice luminaries talk on topics.
The episode on Polari - fascinating.
Thank-you so much for this podcast. It compliments your site and materials very well.
It is impossible to listen to learn when every syllable he says takes long seconds to produce. Truly. Please make the focus learning and not YOUR presentation. I have given this podcast every chance because I love to hear and learn accents...I now cringe while waiting to hear something interesting.