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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 • 2.6K 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.

    Why Do Languages Have Gender?

    Why Do Languages Have Gender?

    Lots of languages divide words into categories, like male and female. How does that happen?
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    • 56 min
    Forgetting Your Roots

    Forgetting Your Roots

    Words have a way of rebelling against their etymological parents, acquiring meanings of their own.
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    • 59 min
    Future English Speaker, Can You Read Me?

    Future English Speaker, Can You Read Me?

    That language changes is certain. How quickly or slowly is another matter.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Getting Got

    Getting Got

    The story of how one little verb developed a seemingly endless capacity to absorb new meanings.
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    • 43 min
    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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    • 1 hr
    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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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.6K Ratings

2.6K Ratings

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Fantastic

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Unexpectedly awesome

I did not expect to like this podcast as much as I do. I love the nerdy bits about linguistics and culture but the music has really grown on me. The music in this show is something I never listen to on my own but weirdly I have grown to love it.

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