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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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    • Language Learning
    • 4.6, 2.5K 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.

    When Jews Adapted Spanish

    When Jews Adapted Spanish

    Languages of the Ottoman Empire, inspired by historian Alan Mikhail's new book God's Shadow.
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    • 46 min
    Lots of languages have no dedicated way to indicate later-ness. Somehow life goes on.

    Lots of languages have no dedicated way to indicate later-ness. Somehow life goes on.

    Lots of languages have no dedicated way to indicate later-ness. Somehow life goes on.
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    • 52 min
    Defund Karen

    Defund Karen

    On the insults, acronyms and sloganeering of America's racial reckoning.
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    • 41 min
    Beyond the Five Ws

    Beyond the Five Ws

    The curious grammar of questions in languages around the world.
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    • 51 min
    Tweety Bird and Toddlerspeak

    Tweety Bird and Toddlerspeak

    Language acquisition is like magic—how do children do it?!
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    • 47 min
    Coronavirus: Isolation and Aspiration

    Coronavirus: Isolation and Aspiration

    Can strongly aspirated consonants increase transmission of COVID-19?
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.5K Ratings

2.5K Ratings

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I never new I liked languages!

Entertaining and informative.

Joe Rogen had Sam Harris on, Sam had Glen Loury on, Glen has Bloggin Heads (best podcast on current events) with John McWhorter, that’s how I got here.

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John McWhorter Lets Loose!

John McWhorter is the most eminently reasonable voice I’ve ever encountered on politics, free speech, and everything else. But when it comes to tracing the histories of various word origins, John goes wild - jumping from Gaelic to Romance languages and back again. Pretty extreme stuff, and not for the faint-hearted lexicographers among us.

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Love hearing your dulcet tones.

Love hearing you talk about stuff, the musicals stuff isn’t really my thing but everything else is great. You should talk politics more

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