Moldova holds a special place in the heart of The World in Words host Patrick Cox.
Many years ago, Patrick lived in the small, Eastern European country for six months, teaching journalism in the capital, Chișinău.
The region also looms large for his co-host Nina Porzucki. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova’s neighbor, Romania. Moldova and Romania share much in common — including the food.
So when a Moldovan restaurant opened up near The World in Words studios in Boston, the podcast crew had to get a taste. This week on the podcast we head over to the Moldovan Authentic Restaurant in Newton where restauranteurs Artur and Sandra Andronic talk about their native tongue and language politics in Moldova, while Nina and Patrick sample their mamaliga and sarmale.
Plus, we also dip into the World in Words archives for a little bonus segment. What would happen if you dropped a group of monolingual speakers of different languages onto a deserted island? Linguist Derek Bickerton wanted to find out.
He studies creole languages and he proposed a scientific study that would do just that — he even had an island in mind. He wrote about his adventures with creoles in a memoir called Bastard Tongues. This week on the podcast, what happened with Derek Bickerton’s study.
2:00 The story of linguist Derek Bickerton’s dream of a linguistic experiment to test his theories on pidgin and creole languages
11:35 Meet Artur and Sandra Andronic, owners of the Moldovan Authentic Restaurant in Newton, MA
12:00 What is the official language of Moldova?
13:00 Russian speakers versus Romanian speakers
14:35 Growing up bilingual in Moldova
20:00 Patrick’s favorite Moldovan song, the "Numa Numa" song...
And for the original version — “Dragostea din tei” by O-zone