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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 Herself - Chaucer Reader (1 episode, 1986)
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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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A history of a language spoken and written.
30 November 2001 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

This TV mini-series is about the origins of the English language. Spanning from the 5th century AD to the language spoken today. The history of a language effect on cultures through the ages and being the a language spoken around the world. You will not learn how to speak the language, but you will understand how it change the world.


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