In the field of language studies, an often overlooked area is that of people’s perceptions of language: what counts as language for speakers, and what doesn’t. This lecture engages in a number of reflections on how attention to that field of perceptions changes our view of language learning and language functions.
This is a problem recording, and even fans of Leonard Bernstein and Marilyn Horne will find it odd. The Maestro's tempi are weirdly slow, Horne sings the role note-by-note rather than phrase-by-phrase, and when she finally does decide to emote, in the final scene, she sounds like she's gone loony. James McCracken was an artist with a huge but unappealing voice who also had brains and power, but he's no delight for the ear.