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 35m. Bisher sind 215 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint jede zweite Woche.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 5 days 10 hours 15 minutes

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How did a word meaning "with bread" come to sprout its corporate connotation?


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Wallowing in Negativity


From the evolution of ain't to double negatives, simply saying no is wonderfully complex.


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Forgetting Your Roots


Words have a way of rebelling against their etymological parents, acquiring meanings of their own.


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Future English Speaker, Can You Read Me?


That language changes is certain. How quickly or slowly is another matter.


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 2020-12-22  1h4m
 
 

Getting Got


The story of how one little verb developed a seemingly endless capacity to absorb new meanings.


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 2020-12-08  43m
 
 

On the Origin of English


A controversial theory holds that English, along with other Germanic languages, was profoundly influenced early on by Phoenician. The evidence is intriguing.


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 2020-11-24  1h0m
 
 

White Author, Black English. Problem?


Mark Twain famously depicted what he called the "Missouri Negro dialect" of Jim. Would that be acceptable today?


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Do Cats Have Language?


Animals bark, sing, purr and even gesture, all fascinating but a far cry from human communication.


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