Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Adventure of English

Melvyn Bragg travels through Britain to tell the story of how an insignificant German dialect, which only arrived in the country in the fifth century, evolved into a language which is now spoken and understood by more people than any other around the world. We trace English from its humble roots to its flowering in the writing of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. English is a global language.

Every day, in cities all around the world, English is used in encounters between people of different countries. It is estimated that well over a thousand million people around the world speak, or have a working understanding of, English. This is its story. It's a story that really reads like an adventure of extraordinary survival, invasion, near extinction on more than one occasion, and astonishing flexibility.

PART ONE - Birth of a Language

PART TWO - English Goes Underground

PART THREE - The Battle for the Language of the Bible

PART FOUR - This Earth, This Realm, This England

PART FIVE - English in America

PART SIX - Speaking Proper

PART SEVEN - The Language of Empire

PART EIGHT - Many Tongues Called English, One World Language


Anonymous said...

I have this on DVD. I highly reccomend it to everyone, it's fascinating thoughout.

Lavalson said...

I was glued to my screen for hours on end. This documentary is fascinating and will captivate all who are curious about the English language. It will take you on a ride through History like no other documentary has and will surely entertain even the most skeptical viewer. It is educational, amusing and will certainly leave an impression on any who will watch as there is not a dull moment in the entire presentation. Truly a masterpiece and an instant classic.

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