Slate Presents Lexicon Valley

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. Your hosts are Bob Garfield and producer Mike Vuolo. Part of the Panoply Network.

Episodes

Like, Why Do We Use Like So Much?  

John McWhorter talks to sociolinguist Alexandra D'Arcy about the spike in our use of like.

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What Had Happened Was Storytelling  

John McWhorter discusses the subject of his new book, Talking Back, Talking Black: Truths About America's Lingua Franca.

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Why We Stopped Teaching Children How to Read  

Mark Seidenberg, author of Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It, discusses the fallout from the so-called reading wars.

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Away in a Penthouse, the Little Lord Jesus  

When hath gave way to has, the original meaning of merry, and other insights from popular Christmas carols.

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What "The Wizard of Oz" Can Tell Us About "Arrival"  

In Arrival, Amy Adams plays a linguist who discovers that language can radically alter one's perception of reality. But is that true?

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Black Like Us  

Are the slang, sounds, and syntax of Black English a kind of lingua franca for America's youth?
 
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Language Lessons of Past Presidents  

What can we learn about English from Bill Clinton, the two Bushes, and other leaders of the free world?
 
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Whither Didst Thou Go?  

How our rich and complex system of second person pronouns got whittled down to just "you."
 
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Why Do People Talk Like That in Old Movies?  

What Bette Davis, FDR, and Ralph Kramden have in common when it comes to speech.

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Billy and Me Went to the Store. Deal With It.  

John McWhorter on what the intricacies of the future tense tell us about the unwritten rules of pronouns.

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What Is a Dictionary, Really?  

John Simpson, former editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, talks about life as a lexicographer.

The Invisible Language of Nursery Rhymes  

What does "Hickory Dickory Dock" really mean?  John McWhorter makes linguistic sense of seemingly arbitrary children's verse.

Word Sex  

How Words Hook Up and Make New Ones

Should Shakespeare Get a Modern English Update?  

John McWhorter talks with author Jack Lynch about the sacrilege of modified Shakespeare. 

Are Emoji a Language?  

Gretchen McCulloch talks to John McWhorter about the big meaning behind our favorite little pictograms.

Ann Patty, author of "Living With a Dead Language: My Romance With Latin"  

Ann Patty, author of "Living With a Dead Language: My Romance With Latin," talks about her transformative experience of learning Latin.

Rules Are Made to Be Spoken  

Rules Are Made to Be Spoken

The Tragedy of English Spelling  

Etymologist and poet Anatoly Liberman says that English is one of the most difficult languages to spell. But we can change that.

Your Brain on Profanity  

Benjamin K. Bergen, author of the upcoming What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves, discusses the science of cursing.

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Shoot!  

How an American Revolutionary War figure spawned a new name for a very old game.

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