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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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    • 4.6, 2.2K 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.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.2K Ratings

2.2K Ratings

lrj60 ,

Process

Process-es. It grinds my nerves. It’s like fingers going down a chalkboard.

jeseed ,

Absolute Best

Truly the best pod.

steamengine89 ,

Interesting

This has been interesting for the most part. I do like the tunes, and I feel like I could listen to John’s voice for hours. The topics are fascinating, and I hear an interesting, conversational take on where linguistic *things* come from
HOWEVER
John, as the host you should consider making your presentation more focused, as it does seem like you can be all over the place conversationally. I’m not particularly sensitive to “explicit language” but even that in this series sometimes seems gratuitous and even excessive.
Overall, I like the show, it could just use a few tweaks. Certainly worth giving a chance.

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