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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.

    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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    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

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