This list will be updated as we go.
Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language by Amanda Montell. We like this one because it highlights all the many ways English is subtly sexist – and how its speakers can be extremely sexist. We briefly discuss this on Episode 41: On the Basis of Voice
Looking Like a Language, Sounding Like a Race by Dr. Jonathan Rosa. We like this one because it highlights the importance of linguistic discrimination within the education system. We talk with Dr. Rosa about it in Episode 38: Looking Like a Language, Sounding Like a Podcast
Discourse-Pragmatic Variation in Context: 800 Years of Like by Dr. Alex D’Arcy. We like this one because it shows how old “like” is, who uses it (not just women and girls!), and how many different uses of “like” there are. It’s academic, but if you’re up for the challenge, we recommend it! We talk with Dr. D’Arcy about “like” on Episode 21: Learning to Love Like
The Dictionary of Difficult Words by Jane Solomon. We like this one because it is super accessible for children and the illustrations are just so great. Perfect for any children in your life. We talk with Jane Solomon in an upcoming episode. (Keep your eyes open!)
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