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The History of English Podcast

Found in: language arts & literature, social studies, 6-8, 9-12

The History of English Podcast: The Spoken History of a Global Language is Kevin Stroud’s growing collection of approximately hour-long podcasts that explore the development of the English language from its Indo-European roots. Podcasts examine topics like Jacob Grimm’s contributions to linguistics, the Greeks and Romans, Germanic and Celtic languages, Old English and Beowulf, and more. In addition to featuring its most recent posts on the homepage, the blog provides a chronological list of Episodes. Episodes can be listened to online or downloaded. The website will make a good background resource for middle and high school English, history, and social studies teachers and high school students.

A recent episode, Episode 63: Restorations and Remedies, examines Edward the Confessor (reign 1042-1066), two Anglo-Saxon medical texts, and English words that derive from ancient medical remedies.

Bonus Episode 2: History of the Alphabet (28:56) explores the history of the consonants: B,D,L,M,N,P,R,T, which have come to us from the Phoenician alphabet. (The chapter begins at minute 6.)This bonus episode includes a chapter from Stroud’s The History of the Alphabet, which explores the evolution of the alphabet from its ancient origins to its modern usage. The History of the Alphabet is reasonably priced and available from CDBaby, Amazon, and iTunes.

The website also has a series of Maps that showing influences on the English language, Texts in the original and modern English; a list of Resources,  and a section called In The News that links to language stories.


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