Slate Presents Lexicon Valley

Slate Presents Lexicon Valley

  • Lexicon Valley No. 37: Legislating Language

    Mar 10, 2014 | 32 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss four legal cases in which the dictionary played a crucial part.
  • Lexicon Valley No. 36: The Dude Abides

    Jan 27, 2014 | 36 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the early history of the word "dude." Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.
  • Lexicon Valley No. 35: Learning to Say No

    Dec 23, 2013 | 26 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the many meanings of a child's "no." Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.
  • Lexicon Valley No. 34: Ask Not Who Wrote "Ask Not"

    Dec 16, 2013 | 30 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss JFK's Inaugural Address with Richard Tofel, author of Sounding the Trumpet. Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.
  • Lexicon Valley No. 33: The End of Ambiguity

    Dec 09, 2013 | 25 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to linguist Arika Okrent about the most logical language ever invented. Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.
  • Lexicon Valley: Special Announcement

    Dec 04, 2013 | 1 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo announce the return of Lexicon Valley. Yay!
  • Lexicon Valley No. 32: The Burden of Being Right

    Aug 05, 2013 | 35 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the irresistible pull of language pedantry.
  • Lexicon Valley No. 31: Name That Tone

    Jul 15, 2013 | 28 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the relationship between tonal languages and musical acuity.
  • Lexicon Valley No. 30: Eject at High Altitude

    Jul 01, 2013 | 19 min
    Mike Vuolo talks with an anthropological linguist about the influence geography might have on speech.
  • Lexicon Valley #29: 30 Million By Four

    Jun 24, 2013 | 29 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the importance of talking to your child.
  • Lexicon Valley #28: A Brief History of Swearing

    Jun 17, 2013 | 25 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss curse words old and new with author Melissa Mohr. Show notes at slate.com/lexiconvalley.
  • Lexicon Valley #27: Accentuate the Positive

    Jun 10, 2013 | 26 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the seemingly paradoxical phrase "yeah-no."
  • Special Announcement

    Jun 01, 2013 | 1 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo announce a new run of Lexicon Valley episodes.
  • Special Announcement

    Feb 13, 2013 | 2 min
    Lexicon Valley will be back with a run of all-new episodes in the spring.
  • Lexicon Valley #26: The Fawth Flaw, Part II

    Jan 28, 2013 | 30 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss R-dropping and the New York accent.
  • Lexicon Valley #25: The Fawth Flaw

    Jan 14, 2013 | 23 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a defining feature of the classic New York accent.
  • Lexicon Valley #24: Get Your Creak On

    Dec 31, 2012 | 27 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss creaky voice.
  • Lexicon Valley #23: Good Is Up

    Dec 17, 2012 | 28 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss metaphor and the "fiscal cliff."
  • Lexicon Valley #22: Talking Leaves and Lightning Paper

    Dec 03, 2012 | 29 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the Cherokee syllabary.
  • Lexicon Valley #6: A Meditation on Scrabble

    Nov 14, 2012 | 34 min
    Mike Vuolo talks to "Word Freak" author Stefan Fatsis about the nature of language in Scrabble.
  • Lexicon Valley #2: A Bundle of Faggots

    Nov 14, 2012 | 31 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the evolution of the word "faggot."
  • Lexicon Valley #4: Jumpin' Salty in The O

    Nov 14, 2012 | 39 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the vernacular wrapped in a dialect inside a language that some call Ebonics.
  • Lexicon Valley #5: Untuning the String

    Nov 14, 2012 | 35 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to author David Skinner about his book, The Story of Ain't, which will be published in the fall of 2012.
  • Lexicon Valley #12: The Eloquence of Plain English

    Nov 14, 2012 | 31 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the Gettysburg Address.
  • Lexicon Valley #3: Consider the Lamppost

    Nov 14, 2012 | 28 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the hypercorrected incorrectness of "between you and I."
  • Lexicon Valley #7: A Needle Pulling Thread

    Nov 14, 2012 | 28 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the big ambitions of the word "so."
  • Lexicon Valley #10: One Giant Leap for Humanity

    Nov 14, 2012 | 38 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the he said/she said of the epicene pronoun.
  • Lexicon Valley #11: When Being Done Replaced Doing

    Nov 14, 2012 | 27 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the most significant change to the English language that you've never heard of.
  • Lexicon Valley #8: When Nouns Grew Genitals

    Nov 14, 2012 | 28 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss what it means for language to have gender.
  • Lexicon Valley #9: And May He Be a Masculine Bridge

    Nov 14, 2012 | 30 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss how a simple quirk of grammar may affect the way we think.
  • Lexicon Valley #19: Here's to You Mrs. Malaprop

    Nov 14, 2012 | 31 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss what malapropisms might reveal about the way we organize our mental dictionary.
  • Lexicon Valley #20: Death to Potatoes

    Nov 14, 2012 | 33 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo speak with Nataly Kelly, coauthor of Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World.
  • Lexicon Valley #15: Then Is Now, Now and Then

    Nov 14, 2012 | 30 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the historical present.
  • Lexicon Valley #14: By Their Words You Shall Know Them

    Nov 14, 2012 | 31 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss stylometry.
  • Lexicon Valley #13: Capturing the Past

    Nov 14, 2012 | 38 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk about how Mad Men and Downton Abbey can teach us about language change.
  • Lexicon Valley #17: Ascent of the A-word

    Nov 14, 2012 | 26 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to linguist Geoffrey Nunberg about his book Ascent of the A-word: A**holism, the First Sixty Years.
  • Lexicon Valley #21: Undocumented Illegals

    Nov 14, 2012 | 33 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the debate over "illegal" versus "undocumented" at the heart of U.S. immigration policy.
  • Lexicon Valley #1: A Sin of Which None Is Guilty

    Nov 14, 2012 | 23 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the longstanding English language proscription against ending a sentence with a preposition.
  • Special Announcement from Lexicon Valley

    Nov 14, 2012 | 1 min
    Mike announces a batch of brand new episodes.
  • Special Announcement from Lexicon Valley

    Nov 14, 2012 | 2 min
    Mike announces a run of all new episodes beginning later in the summer.
  • Lexicon Valley #16: Our Dying Words

    Nov 14, 2012 | 22 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss what we lose when a language goes extinct.
  • Lexicon Valley #18: The Rate of Exchange

    Nov 14, 2012 | 25 min
    Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the commonly held belief that some languages are spoken faster than others.

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