Lexicon Valley
Lexicon Valley
Dec. 10 2013 1:56 PMWill Learning a "Logical" Language Make You Think More Logically?Listen to Slate's show about an invented language that forces you to choose your words carefully.
July 15 2013 3:02 PMCan a Language Make You More Musical?How tonal languages such as Cantonese might give would-be musicians a leg up.
June 25 2013 1:07 PMHow to Raise Verbal ChildrenWhy talking to your kids is one of the most important investments you can make in their future.
June 10 2013 3:05 PMDoes “Yeah, No …” Mean Yes or No (or Both)?Listen to Slate’s podcast about the seemingly paradoxical phrase and its hidden logic.
Jan. 17 2013 4:13 PMQ, Awe, SWhat R-dropping can tell us about New Yorkers, Part 1.
Dec. 21 2012 4:52 PMWhy Fiscal Cliff Is Such a Powerful MetaphorListen to Slate’s show about the ubiquity of spatial metaphors in our language.
Nov. 13 2012 3:43 PMFrom “Wetbacks” to “Illegals” to “Undocumented” to … ?Listen to Slate’s show about the heated debate over language at the heart of U.S. immigration policy.
Oct. 16 2012 2:58 PMMalapropisms: the Pineapple of Linguistic ErrorsWhat misspeaking might reveal about the way our mental dictionary is organized.
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.
Aug. 6 2013 8:30 PMGrammar Scolds Unite!Embracing the hand-slapping, prescriptivist schoolmarm in all of us.
July 1 2013 1:16 PMCan Geography Affect Language?The uncanny correlation between altitude and language development.
June 17 2013 1:01 PMA Brief History of SwearingListen to Slate’s podcast about profanity and obscenity with author Melissa Mohr.
Jan. 31 2013 11:03 AMThe Disappearing New Yawk AccentListen to Pt. 2 of Slate’s show about the fall and rise of rhoticity (pronouncing your R’s) in New York City English.
Jan. 2 2013 2:35 PMDo You Creak?Listen to Slate’s show about the much-reviled phenomenon, prominent among young American women, of “creaky voice.”
Dec. 4 2012 2:39 PMTalking Leaves and Lightning PaperThe illiterate Cherokee man who invented the alphabet for his language.
Nov. 1 2012 1:27 PMHow Jews Grew HornsListen to Slate’s show about the all-important role that language translation (and mistranslation) plays in our lives.
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.