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  1. Why it’s time to stop worrying about the decline of the English language – podcast | News | The Guardian

    People often complain that English is deteriorating under the influence of new technology, adolescent fads and loose grammar. Why does this nonsensical belief persist?

    https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2019/sep/13/why-its-time-to-stop-worrying-about-the-decline-of-the-english-language-podcast

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  2. John McWhorter on the Evolution of Language and Words on the Move - Econlib

    How did bad come to mean good? Why is Shakespeare so hard to understand? Is there anything good about "like" and "you know?" Author and professor John McWhorter of Columbia University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the unplanned ways that English speakers create English, an example of emergent order. Topics discussed include how words get short (but not too short), the demand for vividness in language, and why Shakespeare is so hard to understand.

    http://www.econtalk.org/john-mcwhorter-on-the-evolution-of-language-and-words-on-the-move/

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  3. Inside the OED: can the world’s biggest dictionary survive the internet? —€“ podcast | News | The Guardian

    For centuries, lexicographers have attempted to capture the entire English language. Technology might soon turn this dream into reality â—but will it spell the end for dictionaries?

    https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2018/mar/16/inside-the-oed-can-the-worlds-biggest-dictionary-survive-the-internet-podcast

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  4. Episode 75: Mixed Languages and Scrambled Eggs | The History of English Podcast

    In this episode, we continue our look at the gradual emergence of Middle English from the linguistic rubble left in the wake of the Norman Conquest. English remained fractured and broken, and foreign influences continued to come in. We explore the changing language of the Peterborough Chronicle. We also examine how a merchant’s failed attempt to buy some eggs shaped the history of the English language.

    http://historyofenglishpodcast.com/2016/03/02/episode-75-mixed-languages-and-scrambled-eggs/

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  5. Podcast Episode 58: English as She Is Spoke - Futility Closet

    In 1855 Pedro Carolino decided to write a Portuguese-English phrasebook despite the fact that he didn’t actually speak English. The result is one of the all-time masterpieces of unintentional comedy, a language guide full of phrases like “The ears are too length” and “He has spit in my coat.” In this episode of the Futility Closet podcast we’ll sample Carolino’s phrasebook, which Mark Twain called “supreme and unapproachable.”

    We’ll also hear Hamlet’s “to be or not to be” rendered in jargon and puzzle over why a man places an ad before robbing a bank.

    http://www.futilitycloset.com/2015/05/18/podcast-episode-58-english-as-she-is-spoke/

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  6. 17. The Bird Fancier’s Delight with Sarah Angliss - The OdditoriumThe Odditorium

    A composer, inventor and historian of sound and the uncanny – Sarah Angliss’ music reflects her lifelong obsession with defunct technology, faded variety acts and English folklore. In this talk she discusses the practices of training animals to mimic human behaviour, language and song.

    Hoover the Talking Seal

    Jacko the Talking Fish

    Learned Pig

    Clever Hans

    The Serinette by Chardin

    Neurogenesis

    Sparky the Budgie

    http://oddpodcast.com/portfolio/the-bird-fancyers-delight-with-sarah-angliss/

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