The Podling

WWU Linguistics

Asking "What is linguistics?" and answering with what it looks like out in the world, starting with the linguistics faculty at WWU.

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I had a blast talking to Dr. Christina Keppie in this final episode of The Podling's first season! She gives us her linguistic origin story within a study abroad trip to Belgium and we hear about her fascinating new Linguistics & Canadian-American Studies course on the Acadian diaspora — a community she'd learned about on that very study abroad trip. Plus, Christina shares her experiences with teaching French language and linguistics as a Canadian Francophone. More info about LING & C/AM 302: Acadian Diaspora in Canada and the US Episode transcript by Graham Blair Stay up to date with the WWU Department of Linguistics! Website | Instagram Music: Sunset Drive by Tokyo Music Walker Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Jun 11

45 min 31 sec

Phonemic tones of Ket, language learning advice, and Professor Vajda's answer to the question of who he'd invite to a dinner party if he could pick anyone — this episode's got it all! Other presentations from Edward Vajda: WWU CHSS Dean's Lecture Series: The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster WWU CHSS Dean's Lecture Series: Firelight on the River: Siberia’s Ket People and Ancient North America Sealaska Heritage Institute: Tlingit and the Dene-Yeniseian Hypothesis J.R.R. Tolkien's Imaginary Languages Episode transcript by Graham Blair Stay up to date with the WWU Department of Linguistics! Website | Instagram Music: Sunset Drive by Tokyo Music Walker Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Jun 9

54 min 26 sec

In this interview, we hear we hear from R. Mata — he covers his research on the linguistic patterns and attitudes of Spanish-speakers in communities near the U.S.-Mexico border and gives some advice to undergraduate students who might want to pursue their own research. We also talk about how the shift of conferences to virtual spaces has changed the landscape for undergrad students looking to access a variety of academic opportunities. Episode transcript by Graham Blair Stay up to date with the WWU Department of Linguistics! Website | Instagram Music: Sunset Drive by Tokyo Music Walker Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Jun 4

43 min 13 sec

This episode features a conversation with Dr. Jordan Sandoval, where we talked about her collaborative research on phonological awareness as part of Spanish language learning (and teaching!), plus what students can gain from their efforts in projects like this. Jordan also shares what it is about language that she finds so magical. Episode transcript by Graham Blair Stay up to date with the WWU Department of Linguistics! Website | Instagram Music: Sunset Drive by Tokyo Music Walker Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

May 28

1 hr 5 min

In this interview, we hear from Judy Pine on where linguistics resides within anthropology, where linguistic anthropology resides within the world, and how, for Judy, the process of becoming a linguist continues. Episode transcript by Graham Blair Stay up to date with the WWU Department of Linguistics! Website | Instagram Music: Sunset Drive by Tokyo Music Walker Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

May 24

1 hr 20 min

In this episode, I heard from Professor Janet Xing on her most recent research and how her language classes shape that research. We also talk about hesitations students have with taking some linguistics classes and clear up misconceptions about them! Episode transcript by Graham Blair Stay up to date with the WWU Department of Linguistics! Website | Instagram Music: Sunset Drive by Tokyo Music Walker Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

May 14

24 min 30 sec

Variations in language norms, feelings about grammar “correction,” where prescriptivism and descriptivism overlap — 🎶 these are a few of my favorite things 🎶 And they’re also just some of the topics Anne and I touched on in this episode. Resources mentioned: Fixing English: Prescriptivism and Language History (book) by Anne Curzan Agreement, Default Rules, and Grammatical Viruses (journal article) by Nicholas Sobin Episode transcript by Graham Blair Stay up to date with the WWU Department of Linguistics! Website | Instagram Music: Sunset Drive by Tokyo Music Walker Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

May 7

39 min 21 sec

I got to ask Ginny about her awesome research with Tiwa speakers (that she started in undergrad!), her more recent work on the coordinator “slash” (or / when it’s written), and recognizing areas of needed reflection within linguistic fieldwork. Also, why students don’t need to be scared of formal semantic notation. Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) John R. Rickford & Sharese King - 2016 - "Language and Linguistics on Trial: Hearing Rachel Jeantel (and Other Vernacular Speakers) in the Courtroom and Beyond" Episode transcript by Graham Blair Stay up to date with the WWU Department of Linguistics! Website | Instagram Music: Sunset Drive by Tokyo Music Walker Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Apr 30

41 min 12 sec

In this episode, I got to speak with Dr. Emily Curtis! We talked about combatting harmful prescriptivism with fascinating linguistic knowledge, the importance of explaining jargon in academic papers, linguistic stereotypes in much-loved media, and more. The World Atlas of Language Structures is the database/map of languages and their features mentioned near the end of the episode! Episode transcript by Graham Blair Stay up to date with the WWU Department of Linguistics! Website | Instagram Music: Sunset Drive by Tokyo Music Walker Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Apr 23

49 min 51 sec

I had an awesome conversation with Dr. McNeel Jantzen about her academic background, her research, the Language and Neural Systems Lab, and more. Two notes for this episode: 1) You probably caught the “explicit” marking on this one — it’s only for some brief swearing near the middle, but this is a cognitive neuroscience-heavy episode of a linguistics podcast, so excited cursing is nearly unavoidable. 2) I’m so sorry for every time I said “cognitive neuroscienTIST” instead of “cognitive neurosciENCE,” but by the powers of linguistics and CN, maybe we can call this goof an interesting phenomenon? Episode transcript by Graham Blair Stay up to date with the WWU Department of Linguistics! Website | Instagram Music: Sunset Drive by Tokyo Music Walker Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

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Apr 16

46 min 37 sec

Welcome to The Podling! This podcast is exploring the question "What is linguistics?" through interviews with professors in WWU's Department of Linguistics. We'll be looking at academic and career paths, the history and current vibe of the field, and more. Episode Transcript This project is developed and hosted by senior linguistics student Jess Costanza. Stay up to date with the WWU Department of Linguistics! Website | Instagram Music: "Another Few Weeks" by BatchBug Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Apr 13

2 min 29 sec