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By rkslp - Apr 01 2020
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Kevin’s work is stellar. It is thorough and balanced. I love hearing the details of the words and the fascinating etymologies as well as the pronunciations. I also love hearing the history of the world as Kevin moves us through time. It is incredibly fascinating, and Kevin pulls it together nicely. If you are a logophile, this is the Podcast for you. If you are a teacher at any level of any subject that studies words, Literature, or European history, this is the Podcast for you. If you are interested in dialects and dialectal variations, this is the Podcast for you. I have recommended it to many, many people and now recommend it to you, too, reader. Enjoy!

Solid

By pod-crunch - Mar 08 2020
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This is a scholarly discourse so if you like that as i do it is a great show

iTunes Ratings

3653 Ratings
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3369
142
74
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23

I Love this Podcast , and you will, too.

By rkslp - Apr 01 2020
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Kevin’s work is stellar. It is thorough and balanced. I love hearing the details of the words and the fascinating etymologies as well as the pronunciations. I also love hearing the history of the world as Kevin moves us through time. It is incredibly fascinating, and Kevin pulls it together nicely. If you are a logophile, this is the Podcast for you. If you are a teacher at any level of any subject that studies words, Literature, or European history, this is the Podcast for you. If you are interested in dialects and dialectal variations, this is the Podcast for you. I have recommended it to many, many people and now recommend it to you, too, reader. Enjoy!

Solid

By pod-crunch - Mar 08 2020
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This is a scholarly discourse so if you like that as i do it is a great show
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The History of English Podcast

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The Spoken History of a Global Language

Rank #1: Episode 3: The Indo-European Family Tree

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A look at the family tree of Indo-European languages and the relationship of English to those related languages. The closest relatives of English are highlighted, including the Germanic languages, Latin and Greek. We explore the background of English from the … Continue reading →

Jul 02 2012

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Rank #2: Episode 4: A Grimm Brother Resurrects the Dead (…language)

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The famous fairy-tale collector Jacob Grimm formulated the rules which help modern linguists reconstruct the ancient Indo-European language.  In this episode, we look at Grimm’s Law and how the Germanic languages evolved from the original ancestral language.

Jul 11 2012

50mins

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Rank #3: Episode 130: Dialect Dialogues

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Geoffrey Chaucer was one of the first English writers to compose dialogue in regional dialects to reflect the way characters spoke in the different parts of England. In this episode, we explore the dialogue of Chaucer’s northern students in the Reeve’s Tale, and we also examine the Second Shepherd’s Play from the north of England which reflects a similar approach to regional dialects.

Oct 22 2019

55mins

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Rank #4: Episode 129: Chaucer’s Vulgar Tongue [EXPLICIT LANGUAGE]

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Geoffrey Chaucer was one of the few poets of the Middle Ages to explore the vulgar side of English and the connection between the common people and their language. The Miller’s Tale exemplifies this style. In this episode, we explore the history of swearing and obscenities, and we examine Chaucer’s use of bawdy language in the Miller’s Tale.

Sep 25 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #5: Episode 67: The Year That Changed English

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In this episode, we look at the events of 1066 – one of the most important dates in the history of English. Of course, this was the year of the Norman Conquest and the beginning of the end of Old … Continue reading →

Sep 18 2015

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Rank #6: Episode 5: Centum, Satem and the Letter C

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A look at the early division of the Indo-European languages into the Centum and Satem languages.  The sound shift which marks the division of the Centum and Satem languages is then explored in the context of the modern English letter … Continue reading →

Jul 18 2012

43mins

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Rank #7: Episode 80: Knight Life

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Much of the devastation of the Anarchy was carried out by knights who acted as thugs and bullies. For several generations, knights had served as the strongmen of western Europe. By the 12th century, the nature of knighthood was starting to change. … Continue reading →

Jun 23 2016

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Rank #8: Episode 47: The Man Who Saved English

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King Alfred is the only English monarch to be known as “the Great.” His struggles and ultimate victory over the Danes ensured the survival of the Anglo-Saxon culture and the English language.  In this episode, we explore the life of … Continue reading →

Aug 04 2014

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Rank #9: Episode 125: The First English Bible

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Many people are familiar with the King James Bible, but over two centuries earlier, an Oxford theologian named John Wycliffe produced the first Bible composed in the English language. Together with a group of close associates, he produced a Bible … Continue reading →

May 28 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #10: Episode 83: A Trilingual Nation

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During the reign of Henry II, the speech of England was dominated by three languages – English, French and Latin. In this episode, we examine the relative roles of those three languages, and we also explore how the social barriers … Continue reading →

Sep 05 2016

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Rank #11: Episode 117: What’s In a Name?

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The origin of modern naming conventions can be traced to the period immediately following the Norman Conquest. Prior to the Conquest, almost all people in England had a single Anglo-Saxon name.  After 1066, parents gave their children names borrowed from … Continue reading →

Oct 16 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #12: Episode 12: Early Greek, Hittite and the Trojan War

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The first Greek and Hittite civilizations emerge from Indo-European tribes in the eastern Mediterranean. The Greeks adopt an early form of writing and fight the Trojans. An alphabet allows the ancient history of the Greeks to be recorded in the … Continue reading →

Aug 05 2013

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Rank #13: Episode 100: Decoding English

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In this special 100th episode, we review the major consonant sound changes that have impacted English since the Proto-Indo-European language.  These sound changes provide us with a set of general rules that we can use to distinguish loanwords from native … Continue reading →

Sep 25 2017

52mins

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Rank #14: Episode 103: Solitary Confinement

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The early 13th century saw the rise of a monastic movement in which men and women locked themselves away in secluded cells to practice their religion.  These monks were known as anchorites, and an early Middle English text called the … Continue reading →

Dec 02 2017

57mins

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Rank #15: Episode 99: The Second French Invasion

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The early 13th century saw the arrival of a new wave of Frenchmen on the English shores. Some came as conquerors, and some came as nobles and courtiers looking for land and titles. During this period, Norman French started to … Continue reading →

Sep 09 2017

1hr 10mins

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Rank #16: Episode 72: The Dark Ages of English

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The early part of the 12th century represented the darkest days of the English language.  English writing had almost disappeared, and spoken English was divided among a variety of regional dialects that were often incomprehensible to speakers in other parts … Continue reading →

Jan 11 2016

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Rank #17: Episode 116: The Celtic Fringe

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In this episode, we explore the state of the English language outside of England in the early 1300s. This story takes us to the regions where Celtic languages were traditionally spoken. In some of those regions, English had little or … Continue reading →

Sep 17 2018

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Rank #18: Episode 114: The Craft of Numbering

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The words for numbers are some of the oldest and most conservative words in most languages.  The English words for numbers can be traced back to the original Indo-European language, but during the early Middle English period, English speakers began … Continue reading →

Jul 26 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #19: Episode 44: The Romance of Old French

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The modern French language evolved from a Latin dialect spoken in Gaul during the period of the late Roman Empire. That language ultimately became mixed with Old English after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Approximately half of the words in … Continue reading →

Jun 06 2014

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Rank #20: Episode 46: Cynewulf and the Kindred Kings

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In this episode, we look at the English terms associated with kings and nobility and explore the concept of Anglo-Saxon kingship. We also look at the poetry of the 9th century poet Cynewulf.  The link between kings and Cynewulf is … Continue reading →

Jul 15 2014

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Episode 135: A House of Cards

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In the early 1400s, playing cards made their first appearance in England. Those cards provide evidence of an early form of printing, but it would take another generation for Johannes Gutenberg to invent the printing press. In this episode we explore the history of playing cards and the printing press, and we also look at the end of the Hundred Years’ War. We also examine how these events contributed to the history of English and the transition from the Middle Ages to the modern era.

Mar 24 2020

1hr 16mins

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Episode 134: A Lancastrian Standard

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In the early 1400s, England welcomed a new king, a new ruling family, and a new role for the English language in the administration of government. In this episode, we explore the rise of the House of Lancaster and the emergence of a standard form of written English for the first time since the Norman Conquest.

Feb 20 2020

1hr 9mins

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Episode 133: Breaking Bread With Companions

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In this episode, we explore words associated with mealtime in the Middle Ages. We also examine the important role of bread in medieval meals and impact of bread-related terms on the English language. Finally, we look at the important role of table manners as outlined in an early English etiquette guide called the Boke of Curtasye.

Jan 21 2020

1hr 9mins

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Episode 132: Food for Thought

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In the midst of the English literary revival of the late 1300s, the household chefs of Richard II compiled the first cookbook in the English language. In the episode, we examine the cookbook known as ‘The Forme of Cury,’ and we explore the nature of food and cooking in medieval England. We also look at how the culinary arts shaped the English language.

Dec 19 2019

1hr 10mins

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Episode 131: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is one of the most popular English poems of the Middle Ages. In this episode, we explore the language and story of the poem. We also examine how the poem reflects certain changes that were taking place within the English language in the late 1300s.

Nov 25 2019

1hr 16mins

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Episode 130: Dialect Dialogues

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Geoffrey Chaucer was one of the first English writers to compose dialogue in regional dialects to reflect the way characters spoke in the different parts of England. In this episode, we explore the dialogue of Chaucer’s northern students in the Reeve’s Tale, and we also examine the Second Shepherd’s Play from the north of England which reflects a similar approach to regional dialects.

Oct 22 2019

55mins

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Episode 129: Chaucer’s Vulgar Tongue [EXPLICIT LANGUAGE]

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Geoffrey Chaucer was one of the few poets of the Middle Ages to explore the vulgar side of English and the connection between the common people and their language. The Miller’s Tale exemplifies this style. In this episode, we explore the history of swearing and obscenities, and we examine Chaucer’s use of bawdy language in the Miller’s Tale.

Sep 25 2019

1hr 15mins

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Bonus Episode: The Life of Guy – An Interview with Allan Metcalf

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In this bonus episode, Kevin interviews Allan Metcalf about his new book, “The Life of Guy: Guy Fawkes, the Gunpowder Plot, and the Unlikely History of an Indispensable Word.”

Sep 10 2019

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Episode 128: The Canterbury Tellers

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The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories told by pilgrims during their trek to Canterbury Cathedral. The pilgrims represent a cross-section of English society in the late 1300s, and Geoffrey Chaucer paints a vivid picture of each one. He also modifies his language to fit the social class of each character. In this episode, we explore the descriptions of the various pilgrims in the General Prologue of the Canterbury Tales, and we examine how the language of the poem reflects the state of the English language in the late 1300s.

Aug 23 2019

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Episode 127: The Road to Canterbury

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In the mid-1380s, Geoffrey Chaucer gave up his London job and residence and moved to Kent along the pilgrimage route to Canterbury. This move inspired the creation of the Canterbury Tales which remains the most well-known work of Middle English … Continue reading →

Jul 24 2019

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Episode 126: A New Turn of Phrase

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During the Middle English period, English grammar and syntax underwent significant changes. Old inflectional endings continued to erode, and new phrases were introduced in their place. The writings of Geoffrey Chaucer reflect these changes, so we examine Chaucer’s House of … Continue reading →

Jun 26 2019

1hr 9mins

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Episode 125: The First English Bible

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Many people are familiar with the King James Bible, but over two centuries earlier, an Oxford theologian named John Wycliffe produced the first Bible composed in the English language. Together with a group of close associates, he produced a Bible … Continue reading →

May 28 2019

1hr 9mins

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Episode 124: Piers Plowman and the Peasant Revolt

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The 14th century poem called Piers Plowman has intrigued and perplexed readers for over six centuries. In the 14th century, it was embraced by peasants who used it as inspiration in their struggle against the upper classes of England. That … Continue reading →

Apr 24 2019

1hr 9mins

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Episode 123: A Material Change

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In the 1300s, the scribes of England began a gradual shift from the use of animal hides like parchment to a new material made from plant fibers. That new writing material was paper. In this episode, we explore the history … Continue reading →

Mar 27 2019

1hr 6mins

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Episode 122: The Name of the Game

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In 1363, the king of England tried to ban all sports other than archery in order to ensure English supremacy with the longbow. The ban had little effect, however, as the people of England continued to play ball games and … Continue reading →

Feb 28 2019

1hr 4mins

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Episode 121: English Ascent

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In the years immediately following the Black Death, a labor shortage in the countryside led to the rise of yeomen and other rural laborers. The rise of these English-speaking classes led to corresponding rise in the prestige of English. The … Continue reading →

Jan 30 2019

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Episode 120: The End of the World

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In the mid-1300s, most of Europe was devastated by a massive plague known today as the Black Death. The disease killed about one-third of the population of England, and an even higher percentage of clerics and teachers who were trained … Continue reading →

Dec 31 2018

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Episode 119: The Road to War

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The Hundred Years War is one of the most well-known conflicts of the Middle Ages.  The long, extended war introduced new weapons and new types of warfare, and it marked a transition from the traditional feudal state to the modern … Continue reading →

Dec 13 2018

1hr 13mins

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Bonus Episode: Regarding English (Sound Education Conference Talk)

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In November of 2018, I gave a talk at the Harvard Divinity School as part of the Sound Education Conference. The talk was an overview of the history of English called “Regarding English.”  The final version of the speech was … Continue reading →

Nov 29 2018

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Episode 118: Trade Names

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Like much of western Europe, England experienced a significant growth in population during the two centuries after the Norman Conquest. By the 1300s, the percentage of the English population who lived in urban areas had doubled. As towns and cities … Continue reading →

Nov 19 2018

1hr 7mins

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iTunes Ratings

3653 Ratings
Average Ratings
3369
142
74
45
23

I Love this Podcast , and you will, too.

By rkslp - Apr 01 2020
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Kevin’s work is stellar. It is thorough and balanced. I love hearing the details of the words and the fascinating etymologies as well as the pronunciations. I also love hearing the history of the world as Kevin moves us through time. It is incredibly fascinating, and Kevin pulls it together nicely. If you are a logophile, this is the Podcast for you. If you are a teacher at any level of any subject that studies words, Literature, or European history, this is the Podcast for you. If you are interested in dialects and dialectal variations, this is the Podcast for you. I have recommended it to many, many people and now recommend it to you, too, reader. Enjoy!

Solid

By pod-crunch - Mar 08 2020
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This is a scholarly discourse so if you like that as i do it is a great show