podcast #38: Obama’s inaugural rhetoric, the end of the “war on terror” and a French-Arabic mashup

We kick off with  blogger and linguist Mark Liberman‘s take on President Obama’s inaugural address. Then, a report on whether the disappearance of the term “war on terror” in post-Bush Washington will result in policy changes. Then a little something on language learning: incoming Presidents often try – and fail – to get Americans to learn a second language. Finally an inventive piece of Algerian slang that mixes Arabic and French.  Listen in iTunes or here.


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