Lexicon Valley

Beyond the Five W’s

The curious grammar of questions in languages around the world.


Episode Notes

English has a handful of “W words”—who, what, when, where, why (and how!)—appearing usually at the beginning of a sentence to signify a query. But there’s more than one way to ask a question. We take a look at some unusual examples from languages around the globe.

Podcast production by Mike Vuolo.


About the Show

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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