Episode 50: A Unified Family of English Speakers

In the early 10th century, King Alfred’s children and grandchildren conquered the Viking region known as the Danelaw. This brought all of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms under the rule of a single monarch. That monarch was Aethelstan who became the first King of England. ┬áThe conquest of the Danelaw was also a family affair. So we explore the etymology of Modern English words related to family and family relations.

4 thoughts on “Episode 50: A Unified Family of English Speakers

  1. Hi Kevin –

    As usual, great episode! Years ago I discovered how much Norwegian sounded like English or Old English and have wanted to learn more. Your history and language parts blend so nicely. Thanks! Also, as an teacher of English to foreigners, I find the plural, “women” to be one of the top most mispronounced words, generally pronounced just like the singular. Understanding how “women” came to be makes the plural spelling more understandable …

  2. Hi Kevin!
    I’d like to mention the fact that “gift” in German has a negative conotation. We see “gift” as poison. Well, poison is something you gave to someone who you want to vanish from earth.I find this semantic change in the family of Germanic languages quite interesting and wanted to bring it to your attention. Thank you so much for your outstanding podcast! Keep up the good work!
    Regards Tom

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