The Adventure of English -  - Smelly-Cat
The Biography of a Language
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.
01 - Birth of a Language [50:34]
02 - English Goes Underground [50:10]
03 - The Battle for the Language of the Bible [50:38]
04 - This Earth, This Realm, This England [50:32]
05 - English in America [50:56]
06 - Speaking Proper [50:47]
07 - The Language of Empire [51:33]
08 - Many Tongues Called English, One World Language [51:04]
Released: Wednesday, 18 July 2007 (Aust) - June 2, 2009 (USA)
Director: Robert Bee David Thomas Nigel Wattis
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Enhanced
Transfer Format: Widescreen
Video Encoding: Xvid
Audio Encoding: MP3 128kbps
Category: TV Series Documentary
Format: PAL DVD rip
Year of Making: 2002
Running Time: 405 mins
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