English http://iowapublicradio.org en Talking "Iowan" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/talking-iowan <p>Iowans like to believe they don’t have accents, but in truth everyone has a distinct way of speaking. Host Charity Nebbe discusses regional dialects with linguist <a href="http://www.ling.upenn.edu/~dinkin/">Aaron Dinkin</a> and folk historian Tom Morain.&nbsp; They explain why people in northern Iowa say "I'm bushed" when tired, how language changes over time and what changes are taking place right now.</p><p></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:27:40 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 34232 at http://iowapublicradio.org Talking "Iowan" Word Maven: Echoic Words http://iowapublicradio.org/post/word-maven-echoic-words <p>Boom, shimmy, giggle, squeak… these words are called echoic words, words whose sound echo what they stand for. Host Charity Nebbe talks with English language expert <a href="http://www.grammarphobia.com/" target="_blank">Patricia O’Conner</a> about these and other <span class="st">onomatopes </span>that belong to the English language.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:11:26 +0000 Charity Nebbe 9766 at http://iowapublicradio.org Word Maven: Echoic Words