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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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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.

    Verbs on the Move

    Verbs on the Move

    Coming and going in languages around the world.
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    • 40 min
    Does PROCESSES Rhyme with KNEES?

    Does PROCESSES Rhyme with KNEES?

    How our idea of formality can affect the way we say certain words.
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    • 47 min
    A Bisl Yiddish

    A Bisl Yiddish

    Add to German a large helping of Hebrew and a dollop of Slavic. Stir. Let marinate. Enjoy!
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    • 46 min
    Private Parts

    Private Parts

    What does a rooster have to do with male genitalia anyway?
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    • 40 min
    The Soft Power of Like

    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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    • 45 min
    Men, Women and Children

    Men, Women and Children

    What is it with people and animals and irregular plurals?
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

City Mermaid ,

Lexicon thanks

Content good, delivery good, voice good. Thank you. We find some American podcasts tricky to listen to when ‘nasally’ voices. Not here. Fine voice. No shouting, or speed talking. Well modulated. Interesting. Easy to listen to. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Headreplacement ,

Greatest linguistics podcast

This podcast has greatly improved with the new host, who is quirky, funny and interesting. You can’t beat the standard of research, knowledge and deep musical theatre references. I just wish there was more, I can’t get enough. It is practically perfect in every way, it’s a pity that most of the archive was hosted by other people

Sutractable ,

I've really tried to like it..

I enjoy all things 'language' but the host has an attitude I find really difficult, so I gave up.

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