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Slate Presents Lexicon Valley

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Lexicon Valley is a podcast about language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.


From Pidgins to Creoles

00:40:36Update: 2017-09-19

Do Languages Simplify Over Time?

00:30:37Update: 2017-09-05

Did Cavebabies Say Mama and Papa?

00:31:43Update: 2017-08-22

New Life for Dying Languages

00:37:04Update: 2017-08-08

In the Negative

00:30:31Update: 2017-07-25

Why Do Languages Have Contractions?

00:32:50Update: 2017-07-11

The Incredible Lightness of Being

00:26:02Update: 2017-06-27

Is There a Jewish Way of Talking?

00:35:03Update: 2017-06-13

Mining Graffiti for Slang

00:28:39Update: 2017-05-30

That's Not a Word, Is It?

00:27:36Update: 2017-05-16

The Language of Female Friendships

00:32:49Update: 2017-05-02

The Euphemism Treadmill

00:25:29Update: 2017-04-18

Heyo, Let's Talk About Hamilton

00:31:13Update: 2017-04-04

Like, Why Do We Use Like So Much?

00:32:49Update: 2017-02-07

What Had Happened Was Storytelling

00:30:35Update: 2017-01-24

Black Like Us

00:34:02Update: 2016-11-29

Language Lessons of Past Presidents

00:32:23Update: 2016-11-15

Whither Didst Thou Go?

00:33:02Update: 2016-11-01

What Is a Dictionary, Really?

00:22:55Update: 2016-09-20

Word Sex

00:35:20Update: 2016-08-23

Are Emoji a Language?

00:38:06Update: 2016-07-26

Finding Life in a Dead Language

00:26:00Update: 2016-07-12

Rules Are Made to Be Spoken

00:29:58Update: 2016-06-29

The Tragedy of English Spelling

00:25:39Update: 2016-06-14

Your Brain on Profanity

00:32:38Update: 2016-05-31

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Shoot!

00:26:27Update: 2016-05-17

Defecation Presentation

00:27:52Update: 2016-04-04

Take This Episode with a Grain of Salt

00:30:07Update: 2016-03-08

A British Insult Fit for Trump

00:32:41Update: 2016-02-08

They Had a Good Year

00:36:10Update: 2016-01-27

Sleeping Hobos in a Tent, Rush 'Em!

00:30:14Update: 2015-12-14


00:28:41Update: 2015-11-30

Woody Guthrie's Folk Etymology

00:27:36Update: 2015-11-16

A Cat, a Coward, and Female Genitalia

00:32:40Update: 2015-11-02

A Drone, a Bell, and a Suffix

00:29:10Update: 2015-10-19

Seven Centuries of F--ks

00:32:17Update: 2015-10-05

How New York Became the Big Apple

00:22:15Update: 2015-09-07

What Do You Mean What Is It Like?

00:29:51Update: 2015-08-10

LinguaFile XIV | Heebie Jeebies

00:37:26Update: 2015-07-27

LinguaFile XIII | Bozo

00:24:20Update: 2015-06-29

The Pollyanna Hypothesis

00:47:03Update: 2015-06-17

LinguaFile XII | Kibitz

00:37:41Update: 2015-06-01

M'athchomaroon, Zhey Lajak Vezhven!

00:41:40Update: 2015-05-18

LinguaFile XI | Seersucker

00:33:20Update: 2015-05-04

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble

00:37:54Update: 2015-04-20

LinguaFile X | Pumpernickel

00:35:50Update: 2015-04-06

And Infinitum

00:37:07Update: 2015-03-23

LinguaFile IX | Carnival

00:27:10Update: 2015-03-09

Sex Workers

00:33:26Update: 2015-02-23

LinguaFile VIII | Quiz

00:24:40Update: 2015-02-09

The Many Lives of Anna Karenina

00:37:31Update: 2015-01-26

LinguaFile VII | Cockamamie

00:32:20Update: 2015-01-12

Exposure to Vape Culture

00:49:18Update: 2014-12-29

LinguaFile VI | Grog

00:25:22Update: 2014-12-15

What Does It Mean to Sound Gay?

00:37:20Update: 2014-12-01

LinguaFile V | Get One's Goat

00:33:36Update: 2014-11-17

Number Theory

00:27:42Update: 2014-11-03

LinguaFile IV | Snark

00:41:35Update: 2014-10-20

Man on the Street

00:38:50Update: 2014-10-06

LinguaFile III | Orange

00:28:37Update: 2014-09-22

Demonstratively Speaking

00:30:35Update: 2014-09-08

LinguaFile II | Lagniappe

00:23:49Update: 2014-08-25

The Manic Pixie and the Magical Negro

00:30:22Update: 2014-08-11

LinguaFile I | Discombobulate

00:18:25Update: 2014-07-28

Lexicon Valley No. 36: The Dude Abides

00:36:03Update: 2014-01-27

Lexicon Valley: Special Announcement

00:01:16Update: 2013-12-04

Lexicon Valley No. 31: Name That Tone

00:28:30Update: 2013-07-15

Lexicon Valley #29: 30 Million By Four

00:29:35Update: 2013-06-24

Special Announcement

00:01:29Update: 2013-06-01

Special Announcement

00:02:00Update: 2013-02-13

Lexicon Valley #25: The Fawth Flaw

00:22:51Update: 2013-01-14

Lexicon Valley #24: Get Your Creak On

00:26:43Update: 2012-12-31

Lexicon Valley #23: Good Is Up

00:27:59Update: 2012-12-17

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