Yesterday’s post is the second piece I have written on language this semester*, and indeed it is a significant topic of discussion for many contemporary issues. For those of you who find this topic interesting, concerning, or confusing, I want to share an excerpt from WNYC’s podcast On the Media. This segment aired in the last week’s episode entitled “Normalize This!” and focuses on the ways in which language has changed politically over the course of U.S. history. It taps nicely into the ideas I have brought up in both of my previous posts on language.
Host Brooke Gladstone talks with writer and linguist, John McWhorter in “Left Language, Right Language”:
To listen to the full episode, you can go to their website or download it on iTunes or your preferred podcast app. Now I’m back to writing final term papers…
*If you’d like to read my other post on language, you can find it here.