It’s hard for podcasts about technical or specialist topics to strike the right balance between rigour and accessibility, but Lingthusiasm manages to. It feels like I’m listening in on a conversation between two of my most interesting friends :) (Amelia June on iTunes)
Lingthusiasm has regular monthly half-hour episodes on the third Thursday of the month, as well as monthly bonus content via Patreon. Each episode also has a shownotes page, with links to articles, memes, and so on discussed in the episode, and a transcript.
- Speaking a common language won’t lead to world peace
- Pronouns: singular “they”, other languages, and solving the gay fanfiction pronoun problem
- A lingthusiastic review of the alien linguistics movie Arrival
- Inside the Word of the Year vote
- Colour words around the world and inside your brain
- All the sounds in all the languages – the International Phonetic Alphabet
- Kids these days aren’t ruining language
- People who make dictionaries: Review of Kory Stamper’s book Word by Word
- The bridge between words and sentences — Constituency
- Learning languages linguistically
- Layers of meaning — Cooperation, humour, and Gricean Maxims
- Sounds you can’t hear – Babies, accents, and phonemes
- What Does it Mean to Sound Black? Intonation and Identity Interview with Nicole Holliday
- Getting into, up for, and down with prepositions
- Talking and thinking about time
- Swearing and pseudo-swears
- How to teach yourself linguistics
- How to explain linguistics to employers (text chat)
- Doggo linguistics behind the scenes
- Language play
- DIY linguistic research
- Hark, a liveshow! So, like, what’s up with discourse markers?
- Is X a sandwich? Solving the word-meaning argument
- Liveshow Q and eh
- We are all linguistic geniuses: Interview with Daniel Midgley of Talk the Talk
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The podcast also has merch: clothing and other items that are enthusiastic about linguistics, which make great gifts for the linguists in your life. IPA scarves, Lingthusiasm logo stickers, and items that say NOT JUDGING YOUR GRAMMAR, JUST ANALYSING IT.