Lexicon Valley

Slate Podcasts

education, "society & culture"
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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Best Episodes

Why Do Languages Have Gender?

Jan 19, 2021

"Why don’t English nouns have gender? TLDL: it was an accident"


Lots of languages divide words into categories, like male and female. How does that happen?Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Lexicon Valley each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our show.Twitter: @lexiconvalleyFacebook: facebook.com/LexiconValleyEmail:Read more

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