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5.0 out of 5 stars The History of English in a Nutshell..., 9 April 2010
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This review is from: Adventure of English [DVD] [2002] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
If you want a really good overview of how the English language has developed over the years then this will certainly deliver. The collection of DVDs tells the history of the language from 500AD to the present and speculates on how it is likely to change over the next few years.

Through visual imagery, interviews with expert Linguists and Bragg's informative and straight-forward style expect to learn all the key facts that have shaped the English we use today.

Originally broadcast on ITV it is baffling as to why this has not yet had a UK release. Alas, the DVDs are currently only available in Region 1. This can be rectified by a bit of internet research on how to make your DVD player region free--completely legal and unfortunatley a neccessity sometimes.

Whether you have a casual interest or if you are studying etymology or linguistics you will find this a useful foundation to develop your interests.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and entertaining, 16 Mar. 2012
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This review is from: Adventure of English [DVD] [2002] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Very educational, tracing of the roots and history of the English
language from 500 B.C. to the present.

As a Yank, in learning the history of the language I learned a lot about the
political. military and cultural history of England itself (for
example, I had no idea that for 300 years after William the Conqueror
took over England from his home in Normandy, French became the
'official' language of England, and came close to threatening to
eliminate English altogether. Or that it was the plague, which killed
off so many of the upscale guardians of language, like the clergy who
wanted Latin to be the language of the state, that helped restore
spoken English to prominence.

The series can get a bit dry at times, like an illustrated lecture. And
it gets a bit less interesting when it gets to more recent, more
familiar history. But it still is always enlightening and entertaining.

It seems odd and sad that this very strong British series, about the
English language is ironically currently only available from the U.S.
or Australia.
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