THE ADVENTURE OF ENGLISH
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One third of the globe speaks some English. How did it grow into the world's primary language for culture, commerce, and diplomacy? Respected author and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg tracks down the stimulating answers, consulting experts such as Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney and the Royal Shakespeare Company's John Barton. One of the first releases in the new Athena line, this documentary comes packed with extras and provides an authoritative, entertaining experience for lifelong learning.
The life story of a remarkable language
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 forces--from Beowulf to the Bible, from Shakespeare to American slang--shaped the way we communicate today.
- 20-page viewer’s guide includes key points, discussion questions, avenues for further learning, "The Evolution of the English Alphabet" essay, and more.
- "Architects of the Language" biographies
- Exclusive web extras
A prolific author, screenwriter, and broadcaster, Melvyn Bragg serves as president of Great Britain’s National Campaign for the Arts and chair of the Arts Council Literature Panel. He has hosted The South Bank Show, Britain’s leading arts program, for over 30 years.
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I am sorry to say that the other excellent series on the subject The Story of English is not available on DVD at this time. Both are worth every minute of the hours of time to view them.
Using a very organized and easily understood approach, The Adventure of English describes how our language was born, grew and developed to become the standard in communication around the world. Throughout its evolution of over 1,500 years, English has endured the onslaught of battles and pestilence, bringing it many times to the brink of extinction; yet, it has managed to not only survive, but truly thrive among all other languages, due to its ability to absorb rather than repel its enemies. By offering us subtle variations in meaning, the ever-expanding English vocabulary provides us the tools to convey an extensive richness in our words, granting us the power to use the perfect word for the perfect occasion.
I highly recommend this DVD set, The Adventure of English, to those who would like to have a better sense of and respect for our verbal and written system of communication. By understanding where your English language came from, you can better appreciate your own history. As the small child mentioned above grows and develops, so too will his ability to handle his language, to effectively communicate with it, and in so doing contribute to its infinite evolution.