‘In a Manner of Speaking’ Podcast

Welcome to Paul Meier’s free, monthly In a Manner of Speaking podcast, 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, secret languages, 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, renowned dialect coaches and designers Jim Johnson and Amy Stoller, actress Laraine Newman, and Australian bestselling author Mem Fox.

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 podcast is also available on iTunes, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Spotify, Podbay, Blubrry, Podbean, Podtail, PodcastAddict, ListenNotes, PlayerFM, Vurbl, and selectively on SoundCloud and YouTube. Or click the links below to access each month’s podcast.


September (Episode 44): Let’s Talk, with David Crystal
August (Episode 43): Heightened Language and Black Playwrights, with Jacqueline Springfield
July (Episode 42): Law Talk, with Pamela Keller
June (Episode 41): Glossolalia, with Paul de Lacy
May (Episode 40): Reading to Children, with Mem Fox
April (Episode 39): Speech and Voice Disorders, with Joanna Cazden
March (Episode 38): The Curious Affair of the Glottal Stop and the Schwa 
February (Episode 37): Polari: The Secret Language of Gay Men, with Paul Baker
January (Episode 36): Shakespeare’s Shapely Language, with Jan Gist

December (Episode #35): The First Sound Recordings, with Patrick Feaster
November (Episode #34): “It’s All Greek to Me,” with Rush Rehm
October (Episode #33): Voices of Africa, with Dr. Joyce Sukumane
September (Episode #32): So You Wanna Change Your Accent?, with Jerome Butler
August (Episode #31): Foreign-Language Accents
July (Episode #30): Introducing Estuary: a Discussion of Paul’s Latest Dialect Manual
June (Episode #29): Ritual Speech
May (Episode #28): Russian Language & Accents, with Curtis Ford
April (Episode #27): Secret Languages
March (Episode #26): Spanishes, with Micha Espinosa
February (Episode #25): Tongues of Scotland, with Ros Steen
January (Episode #24): Dialect-Coaching Film & TV, with Jill McCullough

December (Episode #23): Coaching BBC Presenters, with Elspeth Morrison
November (Episode #22): Received Pronunciation (RP), with David Crystal
October (Episode #21): Movie Dialects, with Cameron Meier
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): Welcome to the First Podcast: Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation



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