Lexicon Valley
Oct. 2 2012 11:19 AMAre Some Languages “Faster” Than Others?Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the widespread belief that other languages are spoken more rapidly than your own.
July 9 2012 7:06 PMShould We Care When a Language Dies?Listen to Slate’s show about what we stand to lose when a language goes extinct.
June 18 2012 3:51 PMDoes Your Writing Style Have a Fingerprint?Listen to Slate’s show about the surprising way mathematicians can determine authorship.
June 4 2012 2:10 PMWas Honest Abe a Poet?How Lincoln’s speaking style evolved from overly ornate to the brilliant simplicity of Gettysburg.
May 14 2012 3:14 PMFor He/She’s a Jolly Bad PronounListen to Slate’s show about whether English needs a gender-neutral alternative.
April 30 2012 12:17 PMWhen Nouns Grew GenitalsListen to Slate’s show about what it means for language to have gender.
March 12 2012 2:44 PMThe Meaning of ScrabbleListen to Slate’s show about how much language really matters in the hugely popular word game.
Feb. 27 2012 1:30 PMIs Black English a Dialect or a Language?Listen to Slate’s show about America’s fraught relationship with Ebonics.
Feb. 13 2012 12:38 PMThe Other F-WordListen to Slate’s show about the history and future of the word faggot.
Sept. 18 2012 2:40 PMWho You Callin’ A**hole?Slate’s show about Geoffrey Nunberg’s new book Ascent of the A-Word, now with transcripts.
July 2 2012 2:42 PMTalking About the Past in the Present TenseListen to Slate’s show about Seinfeld’s masterful use of a time-honored narrative technique.
June 11 2012 9:57 AM“Lord Grantham, Don Draper’s on Hold”The algorithm that finds anachronisms in Downton Abbey, Mad Men, and Edith Wharton.
May 29 2012 11:12 AM“The House is Building”?Why you never learned the passival tense, even though it used to be proper English grammar.
May 7 2012 1:13 PMHow English Lost Its GendersListen to Slate’s show about how a simple quirk of grammar may affect the way we think.
April 23 2012 12:15 PMSo …Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo on a little word with big ambitions.
March 5 2012 2:12 PMThe Story of Ain’tListen to Slate’s show about the most controversial dictionary ever published.
Feb. 21 2012 1:21 PMBetween You and IListen to Slate’s show about a grammar mistake that won’t die.
Feb. 6 2012 4:09 PMWhere Did That Sentence-Ending Preposition Rule Come From?Listen to Slate’s new language show Lexicon Valley, with Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo.