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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.

    Sicko, Whacko, Weirdo

    Sicko, Whacko, Weirdo

    The -o suffix traces back to old comic strip characters with names like Knocko and Groucho. Neato!
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    • 43 min
    Chinese Has No Grammar, Right? Wrong!

    Chinese Has No Grammar, Right? Wrong!

    Mandarin might not have gender or case endings but there's more to grammar than conjugations.
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    • 50 min
    From Uptalk to Vocal Fry, Women Are Prolific Language Innovators

    From Uptalk to Vocal Fry, Women Are Prolific Language Innovators

    Want to hear what English will sound like in the future? Talk to a woman.
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    • 49 min
    In What Order Did Languages Arrive in Europe?

    In What Order Did Languages Arrive in Europe?

    DNA analysis is revealing which speakers traveled where and when.
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    • 43 min
    Digging Up the Past

    Digging Up the Past

    Let's talk about how we talk about that which already occurred.
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    • 41 min
    Verbs on the Move

    Verbs on the Move

    Coming and going in languages around the world.
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    • 40 min

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