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.
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Episode 44 (Let's Talk)
For the September episode of the podcast, Paul and his guest, legendary linguist David Crystal, converse about ... conversation itself.
Episode 43 (Heightened Language and Black Playwrights)
For the August 2021 podcast, Paul discusses heightened language and Black playwrights with Professor Jacqueline Springfield of Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Georgia. To learn about Professor Springfield, please visit www.JacquelineSpringfield.com.
Episode 42 (Law Talk)
Paul's guest for the July 2021 podcast is Professor Pamela Keller of the School of Law at the University of Kansas, where she teaches what she calls "lawyering skills." Appropriately, the topic of conversation is the spoken word as it relates to the law and, specifically, courtroom procedures and presentations. To learn more about Professor Keller, visit https://law.ku.edu/faculty/pamela-keller.
Episode 41 (Glossolalia)
The topic for the June podcast is glossolalia, which this month's guest, phonologist Paul de Lacy, defines as "spontaneous, sustained speech that doesn't convey complex meaning." Often described as "speaking in tongues," this has been the subject of de Lacy's research since the mid-1990s. For more information on de Lacy, visit visit https://www.pauldelacy.net. And please see the full page devoted to this podcast at PaulMeier.com for more information, including the links to the YouTube clips excerpted for this podcast.
Episode 40 (Reading to Children, with Mem Fox)
For the May 2021 podcast, Paul discusses reading to children with Mem Fox, Australia's bestselling writer and author of more than 40 books, including "Possum Magic" and "Time for Bed." For more about Mem, visit https://memfox.com/about/.
Episode 39 (Speech and Voice Disorders)
For the April 2021 podcast, Paul discusses speech and voice disorders with Joanna Cazden, a speech pathologist specializing in voice rehabilitation for actors and singers, and an advocate for preventive vocal health education. For more information on Joanna, visit www.joannacazden.com and check out the Voice and Speech Disorders collection on IDEA (www.dialectsarchive.com/speech-and-voice-disorders), which she founded.
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.