Lexicon Valley

Has English Gotten Less Complex?

English has shed many of its nuances over the centuries. Take pronouns, for example.

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In many ways, the English we speak today is far less complicated and ornate than it was centuries ago. The ongoing simplification of our pronouns is Exhibit A.

Podcast production by Mike Vuolo.

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If you’ve ever had curious thoughts and questions about the ways we speak, read, and write, Lexicon Valley is the show for you. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.

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