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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.

    On the Origin of English

    On the Origin of English

    A controversial theory holds that English, along with other Germanic languages, was profoundly influenced early on by Phoenician. The evidence is intriguing.
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    White Author, Black English. Problem?

    White Author, Black English. Problem?

    Mark Twain famously depicted what he called the "Missouri Negro dialect" of Jim. Would that be acceptable today?
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    • 55분
    Do Cats Have Language?

    Do Cats Have Language?

    Animals bark, sing, purr and even gesture, all fascinating but a far cry from human communication.
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    Sergeant, Corporal, Colonel!

    Sergeant, Corporal, Colonel!

    Peculiar linguistic tales of America's soldiers.
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    To Reason Why

    To Reason Why

    There's more than one way to ask why. How come? What for?
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    • 38분
    When Talking to Your Mother-In-Law Is a Minefield

    When Talking to Your Mother-In-Law Is a Minefield

    From baby talk to formal varieties, languages around the world offer—or even require—different ways of speaking for different situations.
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An inquisitive man ,

A linguistic-Talmudic discussion of "your pedantry"

The haiku read out on the air last time inspired a linguistic theory. "Enjoy your pedantry" might be understood in two senses. The one that I thought was intended was, "enjoy the pedantry you will indulge in by telling people what you learned on the last Lexicon Valley." The sense that Bob seemed to understand was, "Enjoy the pedantry that you hear on Lexicon Valley."
This has inspired a hypothesis about a way of classifying possessive pronouns: the subjective possessive and the objective possessive. The subjective possessive is used when the thing possessed will be deployed by the antecedent in of the pronoun. The objective possessive is used when the antecedent of the pronoun receives the effect of the thing. "Stop your smoking" uses the subjective possessive (i.e., you do the smoking), but "Open your gift" seems to be an objective possessive, in that the "gift" is something received.
Two considerations:
1. This might only work with imperative sentences.
2. It might be total linguistic nonsense.

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