Lexicon Valley

Subject-Verb-Object. Right?

For many languages, the idea that the subject belongs up front is plain backward.


Episode Notes

I see Spot. Subject-verb-object is the default word order for a typical sentence in English. It just makes sense that way. Or does it? Turns out that S-V-O, as linguists call it, is not the way all languages work. In fact, it’s not even the most common. John breaks it down.

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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