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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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    • Language Learning
    • 4.5, 78 Ratings

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.

    Beyond the Five Ws

    Beyond the Five Ws

    The curious grammar of questions in languages around the world.
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    • 51 min
    Tweety Bird and Toddlerspeak

    Tweety Bird and Toddlerspeak

    Language acquisition is like magic—how do children do it?!
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    • 47 min
    Coronavirus: Isolation and Aspiration

    Coronavirus: Isolation and Aspiration

    Can strongly aspirated consonants increase transmission of COVID-19?
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    • 44 min
    Our Indigenous Languages

    Our Indigenous Languages

    A luxuriance of long words, baroque case endings and irregular everything—the Native American tongues!
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    • 1 hr
    I Just Can't!

    I Just Can't!

    Host John McWhorter shares some of his longstanding language peeves—yes, linguists have them too!
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    • 45 min
    The Many Meanings of Too

    The Many Meanings of Too

    Host John McWhorter finds linguistic inspiration in an 80-year-old musical performance of Rubber Dolly.
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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

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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