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

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Precious Little


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


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   41m
 
 

When Words Collide


Some more of the many ways that neologisms form.


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   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
 
 

Why Language Can't Be Tamed


A conversation with Lane Greene, author of Talk on the Wild Side, about the "vague and anarchic" nature of language.


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 2018-12-11  39m
 
 

Is Social Media Changing English?


Our speech is becoming more childlike, but not for the reasons you think.


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 2018-11-27  40m
 
 

What Was the First Language?


How far back can we trace, with any accuracy, the spoken word?


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 2018-11-13  46m
 
 

So ... Let's Talk About So


How long have we been starting our sentences with "so"?


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 2018-10-30  38m