Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Voices From The Past

As a history buff I enjoy historical movies especially if they are historically accurate. But even the good ones have to make concessions on accuracy for the sake of modern limitations. Take language for example. The English language we know and love is not what was spoken in times past and even when the movies try to re-create it, they have to keep it understandable. So how accurate are they? Listen to linguist James Harbeck on his podcast for The Week and let him take you back to the times of Shakespeare, Beowulf and King Arthur for a look at how the language has altered.


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