New Books in Language

Interviews with Scholars of Language about their New Books

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 55m. Bisher sind 175 Folge(n) erschienen. Alle zwei Wochen gibt es eine neue Folge dieses Podcasts

episode 69: Chelsea McCracken, "A Grammar of Belep" (Walter de Gruyter, 2019)

Belep is spoken by approximately 1600 people in New Caledonia, primarily in the Belep Isles. This is the first full-length grammar of the language, describing the sounds, morphology and syntax of Belep...d


 2020-04-09  55m

episode 68: Amy Koerber, “From Hysteria to Hormones: A Rhetorical History" (Penn State UP, 2018)

Koerber shows that the boundary between older, nonscientific ways of understanding women’s bodies and newer, scientific understandings is much murkier than we might expect...


 2020-04-07  1h4m

episode 46: Matt Cook, "Sleight of Mind: 75 Ingenious Paradoxes in Mathematics, Physics, and Philosophy" (MIT Press, 2020)

According to Cook, a paradox paradox is a sophisticated kind of magic trick...


 2020-03-30  54m

episode 67: Andrew Ollett, "Language of the Snakes" (U California Press, 2017)

Ollett argues that Prakit is “the most important Indian language you’ve never heard of.”


 2020-03-19  1h5m

episode 66: Dennis Baron, "What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She" (Liveright, 2020)

Baron addresses an important cultural question about women’s rights and the rights and identities of non-binary people, and reveals how we got from he and she to zie, hir, and singular they...


 2020-03-17  44m

episode 57: Elise Berman, "Talking Like Children: Language and the Production of Age in the Marshall Islands" (Oxford UP, 2019)

Berman shows us the complexities of Marshallese life and reveals the way that age, a central part of Marshallese culture, is not biologically given but culturally constructed...


 2020-03-02  1h2m

 2020-02-25  42m

episode 65: Kate Lockwood Harris, "Beyond the Rapist: Title IX and Sexual Violence on US Campuses" (Oxford UP, 2019)

"Beyond the Rapists" asks how and to what end scholars of communication and the public at large might look “beyond the rapist”--beyond the individuals who perpetuate violence and toward the organizations through whom violence is authorized and distributed


 2020-02-06  1h3m

episode 64: David Adger, "Language Unlimited: The Science Behind Our Most Creative Power" (Oxford UP, 2019)

Adger brings foundational ideas in the cognitive science of language to a popular audience...


 2020-02-04  1h52m

episode 103: K. Linder et al., "Going Alt-Ac: A Guide to Alternative Academic Careers" (Stylus Publishing, 2020)

If you’re a grad student facing the ugly reality of finding a tenure-track job, you could easily be forgiven for thinking about a career change...


 2020-01-30  39m