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 178 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint jede zweite Woche
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How to Think Like a Linguist


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


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   36m
 
 

Has English Gotten Less Complex?


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


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   40m
 
 

S#!t, Hell and Darn


Dissecting three common curse words.


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 2019-09-03  36m
 
 

This Family Speaks 1,200 Languages


From Madagascar to Easter Island, Austronesian tongues traveled far and wide with early seafarers.


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 2019-08-19  46m
 
 

Language vs. Dialect


The difference between a language and a dialect is mostly meaningless and entirely political.


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 2019-08-06  41m
 
 

The Internet Loves the Exclamation Point!!


A conversation with linguist Gretchen McCulloch about her new book, Because Internet.


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 2019-07-23  38m
 
 

Why Is "Ph" Pronounced That Way?


The answer is positively phantastic.


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 2019-07-09  46m
 
 

Does Language Affect Thought?


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


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 2019-06-25  47m
 
 

A Fleeting Glance


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


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 2019-06-11  38m
 
 

The Romance Languages


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


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 2019-05-28  43m