Six more videos about language

The latest in an erratic series. In this set we have punctuation, phonetics, raciolinguistics, gesture, lexicography, and writing advice. Viewing length ranges from 4 minutes to 1 hour 18 minutes.

 

A brief history of the exclamation mark!

 

Why some people say ‘aks’ for ‘ask’:

 

Race-based linguistic discrimination, part 1 (part 2 is here):

 

Why we gesture:

 

On dictionaries, defining, and the internet:

 

Writing beyond the academy:

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3 Responses to Six more videos about language

  1. Thanks for these, Stan. One down, five to go.

    I recently heard a Word of Mouth episode with Florence Hazrat, who has a book about the exclamation mark/point:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001h47b

    (Google’s Ngram Viewer tells me that “point” predominates in American English — no wonder I’ve always used it.)

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