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 166 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint jede zweite Woche
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The Lingua Francas


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


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   35m
 
 

Can Climate Influence Language?


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


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   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
 
 

When Words Collide


Some more of the many ways that neologisms form.


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 2019-02-06  43m
 
 

Truth Be Told


An actually very literal discussion of true words. Really!


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 2019-01-22  38m
 
 

A Penetrating History of F*%k


English speakers have been getting it on with the F-word for centuries.


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 2019-01-08  45m
 
 

When Did English Get Happy?


A New Year's meditation on a joyful word.


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 2018-12-25  36m
 
 

Sponsored: Adjusting the Lens on Chronic Disease


More than half of Americans are currently living with one or more serious, preventable, chronic diseases. These rates are expected to increase significantly over the next two decades.


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 2018-12-13  28m