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Feb 12, 2022

Accentricity - Sadie Ryan Interview on My Fluent Podcast

Sadie Ryan, linguist and host of the Accentricity podcasts shares her insights into different linguistic topics. 

Sadie has been learning Gaelic and Polish. She is currently a university lecturer in linguistics. 

Sadie has a podcast called Accentricity I highly recommend listening to: 

Accentricity on TwitterTwitter: @accentricitypod 

🎞️You'll find the YouTube version of this episode here: 


✍️You'll find the show notes here as well (with the transcript)


Time stamps / different topics:

0:05 Introduction: Who is Sadie Ryan?

1:08 How people react when they hear of Sadie's profession as a linguist/sociolinguist

2:52 The term "Linguist" has more than one meaning

7:20 How Sadie got involved into linguistics

10:26 Speaking with a posh accent  (ep. 1 of Accentricity)

14:33 Remember: Everyone has an accent!

18:19 Schools should teach more the listening skill

29:27 The best thing Sadie learned about language (Ep. mentioned)

34:40 Sadie's PhD research

40:01 Podcast recommendations (Linguistics)

42:58 Language documentation (a specific branch in linguistics)

47:23 The Podcast Accentricity - Every voice is valid

50:38 Speaking of a specific episode of The Podcast Accentricity (Sadie interviewed her mother)

5246 Sadie's language journey (Polish/Gaelic)

53:42 Is it easier to learn a language as a linguist?

58:20 Accentricity got an award!

0:59:37 Future seasons of the Accentricity podcast

1:02:01 Sadie's favorite expression: not my circus, not my monkeys.

If you want to share YOUR favorite expression, click the link below: 

Recommendations and mentions: 

Superlinguo (a compilation of links to a lot of linguistics podcasts and other sources - a must for linguist lovers) 

The linguistic atlas of Scots: 



The Vocal Fries Podcast 

Field notes


The Accentism Project

Vocabulary (not finished yet)

I work at the university of Glasgow as a lecturer in languages and intercultural studies: a person who gives lectures, especially as a profession

(Syn.: university teacher)

Sociolinguistics: Sociolinguistics is the descriptive study of the effect of any and all aspects of society, including cultural norms, expectations, and context, on the way language is used, and society's effect on language. It differs from sociology of language, which focuses on the effect of language on society.

Gaelic: Gaelic is an adjective that means "pertaining to the Gaels". As a noun it refers to the group of languages spoken by the Gaels, or to any one of the languages individually. Gaelic languages are spoken in Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man, and Canada.

multilingualism: Multilingualism is the use of more than one language, either by an individual speaker or by a group of speakers. It is believed that multilingual speakers outnumber monolingual speakers in the world's population.

If you're to ask what a linguist does, day-to-day it varies an incredible amount. 

Linguist: someone who studies the structure and development of language, or someone who knows several languages.

Black and white: in a way that involves a simple choice between two opposite things (such as good and bad or right and wrong) She sees everything in black and white. 

(I missused the expression by saying white and black instead of black and white)

A compulsory class: a compulsory course is a course within a major, minor or specialisation, which must be satisfactorily completed to fulfil the requirements of that major, minor or specialisation

And our teacher was like a little bit sheepish because I think she knew that we wouldn't really necessarily all want to be learning posh French.: embarrassed or bashful   / in a refined or upper-class way. --> elegant or stylishly luxurious.

To have a stake in: To have a strong interest in something.

The first ones that spring to mind: same as come to mind.

prestigious: inspiring respect and admiration; having high status.

Scots language:  read the Wikipedia article