Lexicon Valley from Booksmart Studios
Lexicon Valley from Booksmart Studios
What a Young Brain Can Do
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What a Young Brain Can Do

It takes total immersion, typically from childhood, to truly learn a language.
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Hunters on Yimas Lake in Papua New Guinea

It’s tempting to imagine that a sentence will translate rather neatly, word by word, from one language to another. It’s also naive. English, after all, is relatively straightforward, while most languages are far more gunked up with complexity — perhaps none as much as Yimas. John explains.

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Lexicon Valley from Booksmart Studios
Lexicon Valley from Booksmart Studios
A podcast about language, with host John McWhorter.
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