A work of profound scholarship and powerful storytelling from host Robert MacNeil, this classic nine-part PBS series remains one of the great narratives of linguistic studies.
Steeped in history, geography, sociology, and political drama, The Story of English has little to do with dictionaries, official documents, or highbrow literature. It is a tale of language used for immediate needs, in street talk, popular entertainment, war, and trade and it covers more than a millennium of civilizations ebb and flow. Vividly capturing a sense of global dynamics, the series travels to 16 countries and across 5 continents as it follows the evolutionary path of the first worldwide language. 9-part series, 55 minutes each.
Ep 1 - An English Speaking World Ep 2 - The Mother Tongue Ep 3 - A Muse of Fire Ep 4 - The Guid Scots Tongue Ep 5 - Black on White Ep 6 - "Pioneers O! Pioneers" Ep 7 - The Muvver Tongue Ep 8 - The Loaded Weapon Ep 9 - Next Years Words: A Look Into The Future
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