Here you will find an archive of Paul’s monthly In a Manner of Speaking podcasts, which he began in February 2018. Each podcast will tackle a different topic related to the spoken word. Some of the topics you have to look forward to in the coming months include idiolects, news reading, pragmatics, code-switching, and dialect clichés and stereotypes.
Paul will also invite various guests to his podcast to discuss an array of subjects. For instance, you can look forward to hearing from renowned linguist David Crystal, along with indigenous-speech expert Eric Armstrong and celebrated dialect coach Amy Stoller.
This first podcast focuses on Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation (the dialect of English spoken in the late 16th and early 17th century). It also serves as an introduction to the entire In a Manner of Speaking series, as Paul briefly touches on several topics of upcoming podcasts. For more information about the Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s upcoming production of Twelfth Night, visit the site. And here is the Original Pronunciation text that Paul references:
If music be the food of love, play on
ɪf mju̹ːzɪk beː ðə fu̹ːd ə lɤv ple ɑːn
Give me excess of it, that surfeiting,
gɪ mɪ ɪksɛs əv ɪt ðət sɐ˞fətɪn
The appetite may sicken and so die.
ðɪ apətəit mɛ sɪkn̩ n̩ so dəi
That strain again! It had a dying fall.
ðat stɹɛːn əgɛn ɪt ad ə dəiɪn fɑːɫ
O, it came o’er my ear like the sweet sound
o ɪt kɛː oə˞ mɪ i˞ ləik ðə sweːt səʊnd
That breathes upon a bank of violets.
ðət bɹeːðz əpɑn ə baŋk ə vəiəlɪts
[Duke Orsino, Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare, Act I, Scene 1]
For next month’s podcast, Paul will address audiobook narration.
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Bach’s Cello Suite #1 in G Major BMV 1007 Prelude (by Ivan Dolgunov) courtesy of Jamendo Licensing.