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The Spoken History of a Global Language

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Fascinating

By RobinBea - Nov 13 2019
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Extremely thorough, but surprisingly accessible. A must for any language geek.

Binge-able

By Dorfner59 - Nov 05 2019
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First podcast I ever binged. Love the subject the story and the narration.

iTunes Ratings

3261 Ratings
Average Ratings
3025
120
61
37
18

Fascinating

By RobinBea - Nov 13 2019
Read more
Extremely thorough, but surprisingly accessible. A must for any language geek.

Binge-able

By Dorfner59 - Nov 05 2019
Read more
First podcast I ever binged. Love the subject the story and the narration.
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The History of English Podcast

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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 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 that was read throughout England. In this episode, we explore the events leading to this translation, and we also examine how the Wycliffe Bible impacted the English language.

May 28 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #3: 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

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Rank #4: 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 struggle culminated in a major peasant uprising in the early 1380s. In this episode, we explore the connections between Piers Plowman and the Peasant Revolt.

Apr 24 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #5: 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 Fame and Troilus and Criseyde for evidence of the newly emerging grammar and syntax.

Jun 26 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #6: Episode 88: The Long and Short of It

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The Middle English document called the Ormulum is a goldmine for historical linguists because the text explicitly indicated how the vowel sounds in the text were to be pronounced.  The text was written at a time when the vowels in many words were changing. … Continue reading →

Jan 04 2017

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Rank #7: 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

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Rank #8: Episode 63: Restorations and Remedies

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In this episode, we explore two different types of restorations. We begin with the restoration of the traditional West Saxon monarchy under Edward the Confessor.  Edward’s nickname reflects his piety and his purported ability to cure sick people with his … Continue reading →

Jun 02 2015

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Rank #9: Episode 65: Norman Dukes and Dialects

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In the century before the Norman Conquest of England, Normandy gradually emerged as a powerful player in the politics of northern Europe.  Meanwhile, the language of the Normans underwent a major transition. The original Scandinavian language of the Normans gave … Continue reading →

Jul 31 2015

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Rank #10: Episode 102: A Medieval Glossary

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In this episode, we explore the notes and translations left behind by scribes in the margins of Medieval manuscripts.  Those marginal notes reveal numerous insights about the state of English in the early 1200s.  Those early glosses and translations also … Continue reading →

Nov 06 2017

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Rank #11: Episode 87: The First Spelling Reformers

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Following the Norman Conquest of England, the French-educated scribes encountered the English language used by the Anglo-Saxons. The new scribes discovered unfamiliar letters and strange spellings. Early Middle English documents like the Ormulum show several spelling innovations introduced during this … Continue reading →

Dec 07 2016

55mins

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Rank #12: Episode 64: Feudalism and Early Normans

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The Normandy of William the Conqueror was a product of the feudal age of Western Europe. In this episode, we explore the history of feudalism, and we examine words associated with feudalism which entered the English language. We also look … Continue reading →

Jul 10 2015

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Rank #13: 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

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Rank #14: 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 of paper, and we examine the fundamental connection between texts and textiles.

Mar 27 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #15: Episode 77: Rival Relatives and the Land of Scots

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Following the death of Henry I, the king’s nephew Stephen seized the throne and claimed the English throne before Matilda could get to England. We examine the reasons why Stephen was considered an acceptable alternative to Matilda. As soon as … Continue reading →

Apr 11 2016

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Rank #16: 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 #17: Episode 26: Imperial Crisis and the Goths

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Rome is racked by ‘Imperial Crisis’ while strong Germanic tribes gather along the Rhine and Danube. The Alamanni, Franks, Vandals and Goths rise to power and provide us with many words in modern English. The Goths translate the Bible into … Continue reading →

Aug 05 2013

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Rank #18: 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 #19: 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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Rank #20: 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

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