Lexicon Valley

Lexicon Valley is a show about language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.

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Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 34m. Bisher sind 171 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint jede zweite Woche
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Does Language Affect Thought?


We revisit the popular notion that our language helps shapes our worldview.


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   47m
 
 

A Fleeting Glance


The word "transient" reveals some enduring patterns in English pronunciation and etymology.


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   38m
 
 

The Romance Languages


What an ancient, undecipherable manuscript says—and doesn't say—about Latin and its spawn.


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   43m
 
 

Why Do Some Americans Say Warshed?


The letter R has a habit of intruding on spoken English. How come?


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 2019-05-14  47m
 
 

Flores Man vs. Sulawesi


A linguistic mystery in the Lesser Sunda Islands.


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 2019-04-29  46m
 
 

The Lingua Francas


A conversation with Gaston Dorren, author of Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages.


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 2019-04-16  35m
 
 

Can Climate Influence Language?


Tonal languages evolved mostly in hot and humid places. What would explain that?


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 2019-04-02  44m
 
 

When Ain't Was Alright


What we can learn about English from am, the seemingly simplest verb.


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 2019-03-19  38m
 
 

The Semitic Tongues


Where did Arabic, Hebrew and Amharic originate? And what is a triconsonantal root?


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 2019-03-05  44m
 
 

Precious Little


How an old word for child morphed into a versatile, and very modern, suffix.


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 2019-02-19  41m