‘In a Manner of Speaking’ podcast

Welcome to Paul Meier’s free, monthly In a Manner of Speaking podcasts, which he began in February 2018. Each podcast tackles a different topic related to the spoken word. Topics include idiolects, news reading, pragmatics, code-switching, Original Pronunciation, phonetics, dialect clichés and stereotypes, and dialects of indigenous peoples.

Paul also invites various guests to his podcast to discuss an array of subjects. For instance, the podcasts have already featured renowned linguist David Crystal, indigenous-speech expert Eric Armstrong, Audie Award-winning audiobook narrators Tavia Gilbert and Julia Whelan, and renowned dialect coaches and designers Jim Johnson and Amy Stoller.

An RSS feed is available on this website, in the widget section on the right (or at the bottom of the page on mobile devices). The podcasts are also available on iTunes, Stitcher, and selectively on SoundCloud and YouTube. Or click the links below to access each month’s podcast.


September (Episode #20): A Conversation with Laraine Newman
August (Episode #19): Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE), with Joan Hall
July (Episode #18): Speaking and Singing, with Jeremy Fisher and Gillyanne Kayes
June (Episode #17): Vocal Authority, with Rena Cook
May (Episode #16): Voice and Speech, with Kristin Linklater
April (Episode #15): If It Ain’t Got Rhythm, with Phil Thompson
March (Episode #14): Caribbean Voices, with Elizabeth Montoya-Stemann and Dylan Paul
February (Episode #13): Releasing the Power of the Text, with David Alan Stern
January (Episode #12): The Australian Dialect of English, with Linda Nicholls-Gidley

December (Episode #11): Idiolects, with Amy Stoller
November (Episode #10): “It’s Not What You Say; It’s How You Say It.”
October (Episode #9): Accents and Dialects, with Jim Johnson
September (Episode #8): Phonetics and Spelling: “Do phonetics! Change the World!”
August (Episode #7): What’s in a Name?
July (Episode #6): A Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of IDEA!
June (Episode #5): Pragmatics, with David Crystal
May (Episode #4): The Art of the Newscaster and Broadcast Journalist, with Cameron Meier
April (Episode #3): Speech of Indigenous People, with Eric Armstrong and Sera-Lys McArthur
March (Episode #2): Audiobook Narration, with Tavia Gilbert and Julia Whelan
February (Episode #1): Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation



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