Bonus Episode: The Best Thing I've Learned About Language part 1

As well as making Accentricity this year, I’ve also been teaching sociolinguistics at Glasgow Uni. One of the things I’ve really loved has been meeting the linguists of the future. This is a bonus episode featuring some of the amazing people I’ve taught this year. Some are people who are new to linguistics, and some are now pretty seasoned researchers who are about to start PhDs. This is the first of two parts.

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The students featured in this episode, in order of appearance, are…

* Sinaed Callaghan is from Glasgow. She has just completed her joint honours degree with English Language and History. Her dissertation looked at the linguistic variable (ing) and how it was used differently throughout a speakers life span. You can find her on twitter at @SinaedC.

* Ryan Shaw-Hawkins is from Stevenage in Hertfordshire, and has just completed his third year. He hopes to continue on into postgraduate study in sociolinguistics. 

* Mitchell McKee is a Glasgow native and has just finished his second year . He has enjoyed studying historical and contemporary linguistics and hopes to continue his studies into the future. 

* Niklas Thielking is from Hanover and is a postgraduate student in linguistics He is currently working on his thesis, investigating the articulation and acoustics of /s/-retraction in Glasgow. For this work he combines ultrasound tongue imaging and audio recordings.

* Vanessa Rust is from Germany and is a postgraduate sociolinguistics student soon to finish. She is working on her dissertation, with which she wants to find out the difference in native and non-native use of discourse markers, with a focus on German speakers’ English. You can find her on Instagram and twitter @vanrust.

* Isadora Bueno is from Brazil and has just finished her first year. She is a Theatre Studies and Literature student and hopes to continue on to her PhD focused on the representation of minorities on stage and screen. 

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In this episode Ryan talks about place names, and how they often contain traces of languages and parts of language that have long fallen out of day-to-day use. If you’d like to learn more about the roots of some place names in Scotland, have a look at the website of the SWAP project.

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Thanks to Michael Cannings and Jamie Liddell for the most recent donations to the podcast. All money raised will go towards making a second series. If you’d like to support Accentricity financially, click here or here. If you have enthusiasm but not cold hard cash, tell a pal about it, or gies a wee rating and review. These things are just as helpful!

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Big big thanks to John McDiarmid for production support. John is a freelance radio producer, documentarian and journalist. You can find his company on Instagram @teltmedia. He recently finished his first feature-length documentary, St Mungo’s Approval

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Big big thanks too to Seb Philp for the music. He doesn’t have a website, but if you’d like to talk to him, send me a message.

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