Adventures in Language

How Language Works | How Speech Sounds Work

March 31, 2022 Mango Languages
Adventures in Language
How Language Works | How Speech Sounds Work
Show Notes

Sound waves, speech streams, and tongue twirls - oh my! If learning about language piques your curiosity, then buckle up, because in this episode we’re taking you on a journey into the fascinating field of phonetics! Together with your personal language guide Emily (linguist, PhD), you’ll get to discover some of the magic behind how speech sounds work and learn about the wide-reaching (yet little-known) impact our individual t’s and z’s actually have on our everyday experiences in the real world. By the end of the episode, you’ll have a clearer understanding of what phonetics is, how speech sounds work, and why it all matters.

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Emily Sabo (PhD, University of Michigan) is a linguist at Mango Languages. A Pittsburgh native, her areas of specialization are the social and cognitive factors that impact bilingual language processing. Having studied 7 languages and lived in various countries abroad, she sees multilingualism -- and the cultural diversity that accompanies it -- as the coolest of superpowers. Complementary to her work at Mango, Emily is a Lecturer of Spanish at the University of Tennessee, a Producer of the “We Are What We Speak’ docuseries, and get this...a storytelling standup comedian!

Clips used in this episode:
How to Trill Your Rs | Linguisticator |
Vowel Sounds in French (Learn French With Alexa) | Learn French With Alexa |
How to pronounce Zulu clicks with Sakhile Dube | Stray Along The Way |

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