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  • The Spoken History of a Global Language
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  • Jul 15 2022
    In this episode, we explore the sounds represented by the letters L and R. Linguists refer to these sounds as ‘approximants,’ and they are some of the most challenging sounds in the English language. They are consonants with vowel-like qualities. … Continue reading
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    1 hr and 20 mins
  • May 18 2022
    In 1569, an English scholar named John Hart published a manuscript called ‘An Orthographie.’ The text argued for a phonetic spelling system, and it provided one of the earliest detailed descriptions of the sounds of English. In this episode, we … Continue reading
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    1 hr and 19 mins
  • Apr 6 2022
    In the mid-1500s, England attempted to expand its influence in Ireland by establishing plantations there. This same process would soon be applied to North America. In this episode, we explore those early attempts at Irish colonization and England’s first encounters … Continue reading
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    1 hr and 6 mins

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Ever wonder why English spelling is so weird? This is where you can find ALL the answers. It's surprisingly entertaining, and full of history.

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  • 10-18-21

Brilliant!

I stumbled across this podcast 3 years ago and have been completely addicted ever since. Equal parts linguistics and history. Wonderful story telling and easily absorbable!