Lexicon Valley

Digging Up the Past

Let’s talk about how we talk about that which already occurred.

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Episode Notes

William Faulkner famously observed: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” In language, you might say, it’s ever-present. But how we discuss that which occurred before this very moment can vary in nuance from Asia to Africa to the Americas. In other words, some languages have a complicated past.

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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