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In a Manner of Speaking

By: Paul Meier
  • Summary

  • A podcast on the spoken word
    © 2023 Paul Meier
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  • Episode 71 (The History of Silent Reading)
    Dec 1 2023
    For the last podcast episode of 2023, Paul talks to Paul Saenger, curator of rare books, emeritus, at Chicago’s Newberry Library, about the history of silent reading and the evolution of inserting (or not inserting) spaces between words. For more information about this podcast, visit the December 2023 podcast page at
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    35 mins
  • Episode 70 (How American English Got Its Start)
    Nov 1 2023
    In this, the 70th episode of Paul Meier's "In a Manner of Speaking" podcast, we learn what Colonial American English might have sounded like. Paul examines this fascinating and understudied topic with Karen Burgos, a freelance linguist, independent researcher, and founder of Ace Linguist. For extra free content on this topic and all of Paul's podcasts, refer to the main podcast page at
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    38 mins
  • Episode 69 (Orality and Literacy)
    Oct 1 2023
    For the October 2023 episode of "In a Manner of Speaking," Paul Meier discusses the connection between orality and literacy with Professor Brian Ott, an expert in the field of rhetoric and media. They discuss many topics related to rhetoric and the oral tradition throughout human history.
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    41 mins

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