500 AD to 2000 AD

COMPLETE SET: 8 programs on 4 DVDs


   Order Code: AY108DV   
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The sweeping history of the English language

The sweeping tale of how a minor Germanic dialect overcame challenges and blossomed over 1500 years to become a global language. Written and hosted by Melvyn Bragg, this 8-disc set presents the evolution of English as an adventure series or travelogue, beautifully shot on location throughout the English-speaking world. Bragg draws from rare manuscripts, linguistic experts, and fascinating etymologies to form a coherent and engaging timeline of important events and developments.

  • Birth of a Language
  • English in America
  • English Goes Underground
  • Speaking Proper
  • Battle for the Language of the Bible
  • The Language of Empire
  • "This Earth, This Realm, This England"
  • Many Tongues Called English, One World Language

Note: includes a brief discussion of profanity. Grades 7 and up. English subtitles selectable. Color and black-and-white. Approximately 50 minutes each. ©2004.

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