Talkin' About Talk

Talkin' About Talk is a collection of fascinating insights into language: a series of 52 little essays -- conversational in tone, light and anecdotal in style -- that encourage language study and invite listeners to look further into the subject of each essay.  The series, part of the 2005: The Year of Languages celebration, was co-sponsored by the College of Charleston and the National Museum of Language

Joan Mack at the College of Charleston hosted the series on her weekly radio program “Conversations.”  The material was written by a wide-ranging group of experts, including some of the best-known linguists in the US.  The architect and voice of Talkin' about Talk is Dr. Rick Rickerson, professor emeritus at the College of Charleston. 

Rickerson also co-edited (with Barry Hilton) a book called The Five-Minute Linguist: Bite-sized Essays on Language and Languages.  Three LCWA faculty contributed chapters to this book:

Linguist Contents

All proceeds from sales of the book go to the Linguistic Society of America and the National Museum of Language.

Listen to the 52 radio essays on the College of Charleston's iTunes website.  Choose a chapter and click on “View in iTunes.”  Hover over the link you want to listen to.  A Play button will appear on the left side.  Click on the Play button and listen!  (If you do not have iTunes you can get a free download here.)