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Podcast Profile: History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences

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30 episodes
2021 to 2024
Median: 25 minutes
Collection: Philosophy


Description (podcaster-provided):

History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences explores the history of the study of language in its varied social and cultural contexts.


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ History of linguistic theories • Interviews with linguists • Analysis of language in cultural contexts • Linguistic influences and ideologies • Historical documentation and archiving • Development of phonetics and structuralism

"History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences" is a podcast dedicated to exploring the multifaceted history of linguistic study and its entwinement with social and cultural contexts. Through a series of in-depth interviews and analytical episodes, this podcast delves into a wide spectrum of topics relevant to historical and contemporary linguistics.

Many episodes feature interviews with experts discussing influential figures in linguistic history, such as Noam Chomsky, Leonard Bloomfield, and Ferdinand de Saussure, helping to illuminate their contributions and the broader intellectual milieus in which their ideas developed. Episodes also examine key theories and schools of thought that have shaped the field, including generative grammar, structuralism, and behaviourism.

Recurring themes include the interplay between linguistic theory and political ideology, the documentation and preservation of languages, particularly those that are endangered or historically significant, and the impact of sociolinguistic factors on language development. Interviews further address specialized areas like conversation analysis, ethnomethodology, and the study of creole languages, providing insights into the methodologies and findings of these subfields.

The podcast does not shy away from exploring controversial and sensitive topics, such as the role of linguistics under different political regimes, including the influence of National Socialism on linguistic scholarship. The episodes also highlight pioneering figures in semiotics and functional linguistics and delve into lesser-known but influential movements, such as the Prague Circle and the Copenhagen Circle.

Listeners can expect to gain a comprehensive understanding of how linguistic theories have evolved over time and how they intersect with social, cultural, and political dimensions. The podcast provides a rich tapestry of interviews and discussions that chart the fascinating journey of language sciences through history.


Episodes:
Episode Image Podcast episode 40: Interview with Nick Riemer on politics, linguistics and ideology
2024-May-31
27 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 39: Interview with Ingrid Piller on Life in a New Language
2024-Apr-30
26 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 38: Interview with Dan Everett on C.S. Peirce and Peircean linguistics
2024-Mar-31
23 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 37: Interview with Michael Lynch on conversation analysis and ethnomethodology
2024-Feb-29
27 minutes
Episode Image Podcast housekeeping December 2023
2023-Nov-30
1 minute
Episode Image Podcast episode 36: Interview with Ghil‘ad Zuckermann on revivalistics
2023-Sep-30
30 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 35: Interview with Nick Thieberger on historical documentation and archiving
2023-Jul-31
22 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 34: Interview with Mary Laughren on Central Australia languages and Ken Hale
2023-Jun-30
24 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 33: Formalism and distributionalism
2023-May-31
21 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 32: Leonard Bloomfield and behaviourism
2023-Apr-30
20 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 31: The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis
2023-Mar-31
30 minutes
Episode Image Podcast housekeeping April 2023
2023-Mar-31
2 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 30: Interview with Andrew Garrett on Alfred Kroeber
2022-Nov-30
34 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 29: Interview with Marcin Kilarski on the study of North American languages
2022-Oct-31
17 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 28: Franz Boas and the Boasians
2022-Sep-30
28 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 27: Interview with Peter Trudgill on sociolinguistic typology
2022-Jul-31
29 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 26: Interview with Philipp Krämer on creoles and creole studies
2022-Jun-30
25 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 25: Interview with Felicity Meakins on contact linguistics
2022-May-31
27 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 24: Interview with Lorenzo Cigana on the Copenhagen Circle
2022-Mar-31
26 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 23: Interview with Noam Chomsky on the beginnings of generative grammar
2022-Feb-28
26 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 22: Interview with Christopher Hutton on linguistics under National Socialism
2022-Jan-31
20 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 21: Karl Bühler’s Organon model and the Prague Circle
2021-Dec-31
29 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 20: Interview with Jacqueline Léon on Firth, Malinowski and the London School
2021-Nov-30
21 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 19: Meaning and British linguistics – Firth, Malinowski and the context of situation
2021-Oct-31
27 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 18: Interview with H. Walter Schmitz on Victoria Lady Welby
2021-Sep-30
22 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 17: Philipp Wegener and the beginnings of functionalism
2021-Aug-31
23 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 16: Interview with Chloé Laplantine on Émile Benveniste
2021-Jun-30
17 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 15: Roman Jakobson, Prague Circle structuralism and phonology
2021-May-31
26 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 14: The emergence of phonetics in the 19th century
2021-Mar-31
24 minutes
Episode Image Podcast episode 13: Interview with John Joseph on Saussure
2021-Feb-28
22 minutes