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:

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:

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

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