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Adventure Of English
     

Adventure Of English

 
Join Melvyn Bragg and a host of experts as they explore the vibrant 1,500-year history of the English language. How did it grow from a relatively insignificant Germanic dialect to become the premier language of culture, commerce, and diplomacy around the globe? The answer involves bloody conquest, political intrigue, and plenty of creativity. Renowned authorities such

Overview

Join Melvyn Bragg and a host of experts as they explore the vibrant 1,500-year history of the English language. How did it grow from a relatively insignificant Germanic dialect to become the premier language of culture, commerce, and diplomacy around the globe? The answer involves bloody conquest, political intrigue, and plenty of creativity. Renowned authorities such as Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, cofounder of the Royal Shakespeare Company John Barton, and Elizabethan scholar Katherine Duncan-Jones explain the development of English in entertaining detail. In this fascinating, eight-part documentary, Bragg and his colleagues examine the life of the language, showing how diverse force -- from Beowulf to the Bible, from Shakespeare to American slang -- shaped the way we communicate today.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/02/2009
UPC:
0054961822096
Rating:
NR
Source:
Athena
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
6:45:00

Special Features

20-page viewer's guide includes key points, discussion questions, avenues for further learning, "The Evolution of the English Alphabet" essat, and more; "Architects of the Language" biographies; Exclusive web extras

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Adventure of English
1. Introduction [5:01]
2. Friesland [8:05]
3. The Celts [7:43]
4. Beowulf [8:52]
5. The "Great" King Alfred [7:33]
6. Trouble With the Written Word [13:00]
7. The Norman Invasion [:00]
1. The White Tower [5:01]
2. Henry & Eleanor [8:05]
3. Privileged Lives [7:43]
4. The Loss of Normandy [8:52]
5. The Black Death [7:33]
6. Chauncer [13:00]
Disc #2 -- The Adventure of English
1. The Language of God [8:23]
2. John Wycliffe [8:44]
3. The Synod [6:05]
4. Henry the 5th [6:57]
5. English Is Confusing [6:21]
6. The English Bible [8:02]
7. Open the King's Eyes [6:11]
1. The Sailors [8:23]
2. The Artists, Scholars & Aristocrats [8:44]
3. Flushed With New Words [6:05]
4. Sir Philip Sidney [6:57]
5. Shakespeare [6:21]
6. Regional Accents [8:02]
Disc #3 -- The Adventure of English
1. The New World [9:05]
2. The New Hampshire England Primer [9:56]
3. Going West, Going Wild [8:43]
4. Alcohol, Indians & Davy Crockett [5:34]
5. Gold, Trains & the Cowboy [4:32]
6. The Arrival of Slaves [8:47]
7. Mark Twain [4:26]
1. The Age of Reason [9:05]
2. Dr. Samuel Johnson and His Dictionary [9:56]
3. The Scots [8:43]
4. William Wordsworth & the Poets [5:34]
5. Jane Austen [4:32]
6. Industrial Revolution [8:47]
7. Cockney, Slang & "Humpty Dumpty" [4:26]
Disc #4 -- The Adventure of English
1. English & India [8:42]
2. The Imperial English [11:08]
3. The Caribs [8:12]
4. Australia [8:35]
5. English Kills Local Languages [5:01]
6. The Empire Fades [9:56]
1. English vs. America [8:42]
2. Influences on American English [11:08]
3. The Second World War [8:12]
4. Global Communications [8:35]
5. English In Its Homeland [5:01]
6. The Keeper of Words [9:56]

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