John L. Locke

John L. Locke is a biolinguist who has contributed to the understanding of language development and the evolution of language. Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, Lehman College (City University of New York), he held a chair in Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of The De-Voicing of Society: Why We Don't Talk to Each Other Anymore .


Volume 39

Guests on Volume 39: Neal Gabler, on how entertainment has become the highest value in our culture; C. John Sommerville, on How the News Makes Us Dumb: The Death of Wisdom in an Information Society; John L. Locke, on the value of personal interaction, and how technology is displacing it; Vigen Guroian, on gardening; Marion Montgomery, on how higher education has lost its way; Peter Berkowitz, on why liberal democracies need virtuous citizens; Harry Clor, on the need for the law to return to encouraging a public morality; and Ted Libbey, on French composer Francis Poulenc.