Enlightening and entertaining,
This review is from: The Adventure Of English, The Story Of A Remarkable Language (PAL) (REGION 4) (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.