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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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4.6 stars from 3,117 ratings
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I love the content, answering questions I have always wondered about (( I am a terrible speller and write hundreds of words a day) and lots of questions that had not occurred to me. All with a soothing dose of familiar and obscure show tunes.
Bert Coghill via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/24/20
Fantastic
This guy is erudite and celebrates the breadth of his knowledge with a twinkle in his eye and a show tune in his heart. What’s not to love?!
Dreamdate genius via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/14/20
The information he shares is what you learn in first year LING textbook: Language Files. I like John as a guest on other podcasts but this is just boring and doesn’t go very deep. The biggest problem I have is the stupid songs he plays which have absolutely nothing to do with the subject...Read full review »
Rasputin's girth via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 11/13/20
Recent Episodes
A controversial theory holds that English, along with other Germanic languages, was profoundly influenced early on by Phoenician. The evidence is intriguing. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Lexicon Valley each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our show. Twitter:...
Published 11/24/20
Mark Twain famously depicted what he called the "Missouri Negro dialect" of Jim. Would that be acceptable today? Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Lexicon Valley each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our show. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook:...
Published 11/10/20
Animals bark, sing, purr and even gesture, all fascinating but a far cry from human communication. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Lexicon Valley each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our show. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email:...
Published 10/27/20
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