A PBS documentary detailing the development of the English language. Initially arising as a mix of Gaelic, Norse and Saxon, the language gradually developed its own distinctive ... See full summary »
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1986  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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John Barton ...
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Christopher Page ...
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A PBS documentary detailing the development of the English language. Initially arising as a mix of Gaelic, Norse and Saxon, the language gradually developed its own distinctive characteristics. As time passed and native speakers began to spread throughout the world, different regions began to form their own dialects. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net> (revision by Albert Sanchez Moreno)

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29 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This mini-series is the PBS at its best. The Story of English is the only documentary mini-series that I watched and taped in its entirety. Since I live on the coastal area of North Carolina, USA and know some people who live on the outer banks(such as Harker's Island), I thought it rather amusing that "translations" were provided at the bottom of the screen for speakers from the Virginia barrier island of Tangier. These people sound exactly like the residents of Harker's Island, so I could understand everything that was said! This is a must-see for anyone who is interested in linguistics and/or history. I heard that it is not yet out on DVD. What a pity!


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