Bringing linguistics concepts into the everyday!
Arctic Knot Conference w/ Wikitongues and Wikimedia Norway
This week we are joined by Kristen, from Wikitongues, and Jon, from Wikimedia Norway, to discuss the upcoming Arctic Knot Conference, taking place from June 24th to 25th, 2021. They discuss the ongoing preservation efforts they are taking with the Sámi languages at the conference.
Thank you to Kristen and Jon for filling us in on all the details of the conference and what both organizations are up to!
Scandinavian Rune Sisters
Cara and Ed come back from a brief hiatus and tackle Scandinavian Languages! Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Faroese, Oh My! This episode is Bokmål of Nynorsk stories! A super fun episode, lots of laughs and a bit of language knowledge!
This week, Cara and Ed discuss all about the languages of Pakistan! We discuss the languages of Punjabi and Urdu in detail, as well as the script of Nastaʿlīq. The paper of the episode is Language Ideology, Identity and the Commodification of Language in the Call Centers of Pakistan by Tariq Rahman.
Quechua Catch Up
Cara and Ed focus on South America this episode! We discuss the major languages of South America, but then shift our focus on to the indigenous language of Quechua, with its approximately 8.5 million speakers, it is a major language in its own right. Enjoy and PLEASE VOTE!
Interview with Wikitongues Director Daniel Bögre Udell
Today, we interview Wikitongues (https://wikitongues.org/) Director Daniel Bögre Udell! He talks about the origin of Wikitongues and its mission as well as discussing language rights all over the world and some upcoming projects for Wikitongues! A super great jam-packed episode!
Daniel's Ted Talk
Wikitongues Youtube Channel
Slavic Language Cousins
Cara and Ed tackle the Slavic Language Family with an emphasis on the Russian Language, from its Old Church Slavonic roots to the modern languages of Czech, Macedonian, Polish, Serbo-croatian, Slovak and more!
Informative and fun
Found this podcast while looking for podcasts on subjects I find interesting. This podcast is very informative and the topics being discussed are fun and enticing. I’m a linguaphile and I love learning about languages and linguistics. Keep up the great work.
This podcast be great with a nicer audio quality, maybe invest in a good microphone? Also, I don’t mean to suggest taking the fun out of it, but some of the podcast seems rather ‘unprofessional’, for lack of better word. It’s sometimes a bit too loud, like with laughing or excited talking. Maybe some people like that, but for me, when I listen to a podcast, especially one that deals with an ‘academic’ topic, rather than humour or comedy, I want it to be a bit more subdued and considerate, a sort of relaxing thing that I listen to when I’m in a pensive mood. Also, sometimes the content seems rather superficial or anecdotal, and feels as if the hosts treat it as a sort casual interview / talkshow for a hobby, and not a podcast that brings forth thoughtful analyses about an interesting and ineffably profound topic. Hopefully it comes to fit this as it develops, but maybe it’ll attract people who like this sort of thing.
Fun! If Slightly Misleading
This certainly fills the niche of “spark an every day conversation about linguistics oriented things”. They do a classic conversational podcast of two friends following the threads of their interests.
My only note for the cohosts would be to call out their credentials/have a disclaimer in the show notes or in their intros. I don’t want to gate keep, but its worth pointing out that these two are by no means linguists nor are they formally trained in linguistics (which they do mention briefly in early episodes, and is fairly apparent as they fumble over certain elements).
That being said, they are earnest in their interest and do a decent job researching. Pretty fun to listen to, just take take the statements of facts with a grain of salt or take their verve for research and research it yourself.