3 thoughts on “Bonus Episode 1

  1. In Old English the word OE cild was pronounced with a short i. Due to the homorganic consonant group “ld”, the short i was lengthened to a long i. The Great Vowel Shift only affected long vowels. So that the long i shifted to /ai/.
    In the word children, this did not happen, because of its syllables. The syllables for children are chil – dren. Therefore, there was no homorganic consonant group in the first syllable. Therefore, the vowel was not lengthened and was as a result not affected by the GVS.

  2. I got my Master’s in Sociolinguistics at NCSU – Walt and everyone there is so great! I thought I detected a slight NC accent like mine in your speech. 🙂 I have been trying to keep myself immersed in linguistic-related blogs and podcasts since I am no longer in academia, and I am so glad to have come across your in-depth podcast. I always felt it was a incomplete how most history of English courses start at Anglo-Saxon, so this has been a great look at PIE, which also provides the context for many of the later borrowings which you mentioned. Awesome job! Can’t wait to keep learning more.

    • Thanks Meghan! Glad to have an NCSU listener onboard. One of my favorite courses there was “Language and Culture” taught by Walt. That was way back in the late 80s (believe it or not). That course was one of the inspirations for this podcast. I hope you continue to enjoy the podcast!

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