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.

http://www.slate.com/lexiconvalley

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 34m. Bisher sind 186 Folge(n) erschienen. Dies ist ein zweiwöchentlich erscheinender Podcast
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Verbs on the Move


Coming and going in languages around the world.


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   40m
 
 

Does PROCESSES Rhyme with KNEES?


How our idea of formality can affect the way we say certain words.


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   47m
 
 

A Bisl Yiddish


Add to German a large helping of Hebrew and a dollop of Slavic. Stir. Let marinate. Enjoy!


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 2019-12-24  46m
 
 

Private Parts


What does a rooster have to do with male genitalia anyway?


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 2019-12-10  40m
 
 

The Soft Power of Like


Terms such as "like" and "sort of" are ways for English speakers to sound more polite.


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 2019-11-26  45m
 
 

Men, Women and Children


What is it with people and animals and irregular plurals?


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 2019-11-12  36m
 
 

Zombie English


Long-dead elements of the language still haunt our everyday speech.


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 2019-10-29  34m
 
 

Let's Do Lunch


Come table-hopping as we discuss the linguistic quirks of some mealtime terms.


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 2019-10-16  37m
 
 

How to Think Like a Linguist


Never mind those 26 letters—the English language has 44 unique sounds.


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 2019-10-01  36m
 
 

Has English Gotten Less Complex?


English has shed many of its nuances over the centuries. Take pronouns, for example.


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 2019-09-17  40m