Lexicon Valley

On the Origin of English

A controversial theory holds that English, along with other Germanic languages, was profoundly influenced by Phoenician. The evidence is intriguing.

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Episode Notes

There are many ways in which Germanic languages—including English—are outliers among members of the wide-ranging Indo-European family. What accounts for all the oddities? A controversial theory looks to Phoenician for the answer. John digs into the evidence.

Podcast production by Mike Vuolo.

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If you’ve ever had curious thoughts and questions about the ways we speak, read, and write, Lexicon Valley is the show for you. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.

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