Unorthodox

Talking Jewish

Episode 94: Discussing the hallmarks and stereotypes of Jewish communication with linguist John McWhorter, host of the Lexicon Valley podcast

June 15, 2017


This week on Unorthodox, we recorded a special crossover episode with Lexicon Valley, the podcast hosted by linguist John McWhorter. John was a guest on our show in December 2016, and when we weren’t interrupting him, we were discussing things like the word ‘like’ and his latest book, Talking Back, Talking Black. We sat down with him again for an in-depth conversation about whether there’s such a thing as Jewish English, the beauty of yeshivish, and, of course, the dinner scene from Annie Hall.

You can listen to more of Lexicon Valley here.

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