195 episodes

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
    • 4.6, 2.4K 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.

    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
    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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.4K Ratings

2.4K Ratings

Kaliador ,

Language nerd heaven

John McWhorter’s insight and kookiness is a perfect mélange for anyone who enjoys the diversity and richness of the language world. His wacky non sequitur showtunes are the single greatest podcast innovation since the mic stand.

Hpaille ,

Podcasting at its best!

Lexicon Valley is podcasting at its best. Prof. McWhorter has such deep knowledge of the subject and his enthusiasm is infectious. I (sadly) just finished all of Prof. McWhorter’s episodes and have been gritting my teeth through the older shows hosted by his predecessors. They just don’t hold a candle.

bekkij17 ,

Linguistic Issues

I don’t know where the host is from, but Black English is dated, we call it AAVE in America. He attempts at giving interesting linguistic issues, but he doesn’t use the academically accepted terminology. Black English would be different all over the world- so which language are you referring to? Also, y’all “blackification” is a weird way to say language contact of AAVE with standard English. NOT ALL PEOPLE THAT SPEAK AAVE ARE BLACK. I tried to be on board with him, but as a linguist this is just a horrible way to represent linguistics or language studies

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