LINGUIST List 15.2030

Thu Jul 8 2004

FYI: NPR Radio Program on Languages

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  • Rick Rickerson, NPR Radio Program on Languages

    Message 1: NPR Radio Program on Languages

    Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2004 16:19:13 -0400 (EDT)
    From: Rick Rickerson <>
    Subject: NPR Radio Program on Languages

    I'm director of of the language division at the College of Charleston and am just back from LSA Headquarters in Washington. I had a chat with Maggie Reynolds, who referred me to the LSA website. I'm about to do an NPR radio program in support of the soon-to-be-proclaimed (by the US Senate) Year of Languages in the US. There will be 6-minute segments on language topics of interest to the general public, starting in January and airing throughout 2005. Since it's part of a nationwide celebration of language, I'm asking professionals around the country to suggest topics and, if possible, contribute scripts. Would any of you be interested in doing so? Or could I ask you to look over a list of topics and give me the name and e-mail address of linguists you think might want to do a piece on that subject? These are questions like: How do babies learn to talk; Dialect vs. language; What's a Pidgin; What causes foreign accents; Indian languages of Southeast US; Is ASL a language; the Significance of Rosetta Stone; How close are Spanish and Portuguese; etc. I would appreciate your help and suggestions!

    Best regards,

    Rick Rickerson Charleston, SC