New Books in Language

Posted on May 20, 2013 by

Lecturer George Walkden has interviewed two more linguists about their new books for the New Books in Language podcast.

In the interview with Jonathan Bobaljik, the discussion is about the morphology of comparatives and superlatives cross-linguistically, and why you don’t get good, better, goodest, among other things. Can universals be found in morphology? And how do you go about finding them?

The most recent interview is a discussion with Edinburgh’s John Joseph about his biography of the famous Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure. Topics covered include Saussure’s big ideas about the arbitrariness of the sign, synchrony, diachrony and the Indo-European vowel system, but also thornier issues such as his alleged anti-Semitism, the accusations of plagiarism that were made against him, and the personal attack made on him by the media in the last months of his life.

You can also listen to George’s older interviews with Elly van Gelderen and Peter Trudgill. The ones not by George are worth listening to, as well!