“Many of the concepts are very basic intro linguistics concepts, but I don’t feel like they explain them thoroughly enough for someone who is unfamiliar with linguistics to understand. On the other hand, anyone who is already familiar with these concepts won’t find much groundbreaking material here.
The first episode I listened to was about prescriptivism vs descriptivism. The hosts spent a long time covering how non-standard grammar was not “wrong” per se, but just different, from a different cultural perspective. Then, not ten minutes later, they talk about how annoying it is when people use “whom” wrong. Isn’t the concept of “wrong” here the prescriptivism they just made a point of poo-pooing?
I feel they also did not really cover the idea that standardized grammar DOES have a purpose, which is to find common clarity. Whether or not it is always successful is perhaps another story, but they don’t seem to address that having a codified grammar model has ANY benefits at all, which it most certainly does. Sure, it’s not helpful in all situations at all times, but having standardized grammar does have many benefits.
I might give this podcast a few more episodes to see if they found their groove any more in later episodes, but the start was pretty rocky.”
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