In a Manner of Speaking
In a Manner of Speaking
Paul Meier
A podcast on the spoken word
Episode 45 (Read Me a Story)
Paul's guest for October 2021 is professional audiobook narrator Elizabeth Wiley. The two talk about everything related to the art of audiobook narration and read from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" and Andromeda Romano-Lax's "Annie and the Wolves," which is available at For more on Elizabeth, visit
Oct 1
58 min
Episode 44 (Let's Talk)
For the September episode of the podcast, Paul and his guest, legendary linguist David Crystal, converse about ... conversation itself.
Sep 1
54 min
Episode 43 (Heightened Language and Black Playwrights)
For the August 2021 podcast, Paul discusses heightened language and Black playwrights with Professor Jacqueline Springfield of Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Georgia. To learn about Professor Springfield, please visit
Aug 1
42 min
Episode 42 (Law Talk)
Paul's guest for the July 2021 podcast is Professor Pamela Keller of the School of Law at the University of Kansas, where she teaches what she calls "lawyering skills." Appropriately, the topic of conversation is the spoken word as it relates to the law and, specifically, courtroom procedures and presentations. To learn more about Professor Keller, visit
Jul 1
33 min
Episode 41 (Glossolalia)
The topic for the June podcast is glossolalia, which this month's guest, phonologist Paul de Lacy, defines as "spontaneous, sustained speech that doesn't convey complex meaning." Often described as "speaking in tongues," this has been the subject of de Lacy's research since the mid-1990s. For more information on de Lacy, visit visit And please see the full page devoted to this podcast at for more information, including the links to the YouTube clips excerpted for this podcast.
Jun 1
46 min
Episode 40 (Reading to Children, with Mem Fox)
For the May 2021 podcast, Paul discusses reading to children with Mem Fox, Australia's bestselling writer and author of more than 40 books, including "Possum Magic" and "Time for Bed." For more about Mem, visit
May 1
36 min
Episode 39 (Speech and Voice Disorders)
For the April 2021 podcast, Paul discusses speech and voice disorders with Joanna Cazden, a speech pathologist specializing in voice rehabilitation for actors and singers, and an advocate for preventive vocal health education. For more information on Joanna, visit and check out the Voice and Speech Disorders collection on IDEA (, which she founded.
Apr 1
39 min
Episode 38 (The Curious Affair of the Glottal Stop and the Schwa)
For the March episode, Paul discusses the phonetic phenomena known as the glottal stop and the schwa. The glottal stop is that little explosion you feel in your throat when you say phrases such as  "uh-huh," "huh-uh," and "uh-oh," while the schwa is the most common vowel in the English language that is not formally a vowel. Instead, it's a vowel substitute that sounds like "uh."
Mar 2
25 min
Episode 37 (Polari: the Secret Language of Gay Men)
For this month's podcast Paul discusses Polari, the secret language used predominantly by gay men in the United Kingdom in the 19th and 20th centuries. Paul's guest is Paul Baker, professor of English Language at Lancaster University and author of multiple books on the topic.
Feb 1
35 min
Episode 36 (Shakespeare's Shapely Language)
The topic for the January 2021 podcast is what Paul's guest, Jan Gist, calls "Shakespeare's Shapely Language." Shapes is her term for literary or rhetorical tropes; she and Paul broaden the discussion to reflect on how such ancient devices figure in advertising, political oratory, and other forms of the spoken word today. For more information on Jan, visit
Jan 1
38 min
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