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A chronological history of the English language examined through the lens of historical events that shaped the development and spread of the language from the Eurasian steppe to the entire world.

The History of English Podcast Kevin Stroud

    • Geschichte

A chronological history of the English language examined through the lens of historical events that shaped the development and spread of the language from the Eurasian steppe to the entire world.

    Episode 133: Breaking Bread With Companions

    Episode 133: Breaking Bread With Companions

    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 … Continue reading →

    • 1 Std. 9 Min.
    Episode 132: Food for Thought

    Episode 132: Food for Thought

    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 … Continue reading →

    • 1 Std. 10 Min.
    Episode 131: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    Episode 131: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    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 … Continue reading →

    • 1 Std. 16 Min.
    Episode 130: Dialect Dialogues

    Episode 130: Dialect Dialogues

    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 … Continue reading →

    • 55 Min.
    Episode 129: Chaucer’s Vulgar Tongue [EXPLICIT LANGUAGE]

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

    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 … Continue reading →

    • 1 Std. 15 Min.
    Bonus Episode: The Life of Guy – An Interview with Allan Metcalf

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

    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.”

    • 22 Min.

Kundenrezensionen

Markus4409 ,

Essential listening for language fans

A podcast which raised my interest in language and its development - and multiplied the dictionaries in my bookshelf

Inkwool ,

Gripping

This is the most interesting podcast ever! It‘s not „only“ about the history of the language, but also a history of Great Britain. Once I started listening (episode 1, of course) I couldn‘t stop.
If you ever asked yourself, why it‘s „oxen“ but „foxes“, you‘ll get the answer in this podcast.

nikolauschen ,

Life changing

This podcast has changed my view on language entirely, something my linguistics seminars at university were never able to do. Thank you!

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