>5.World Language

English is a World Language. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

A world language is a language spoken internationally, which is learned by many people as a second language. A world language is not only characterized by the number of its speakers (native or second language speakers), but also by its geographical distribution, and its use in international organizations and in diplomatic relations.[1][2] In this respect, major world languages are dominated by languages of European origin. The historical reason for this is the period of European colonialism. World languages originating with historical colonial empires include English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

The Story of English

The Story of English is the title of an Emmy Award winning nine-part television series, and a companion book, both produced in 1986, detailing the development of the English language. A little bit old but very good.

The book and the television series were written by Robert MacNeil, Robert McCrum and William Cran. The book has been revised twice, once in 1993, and again in 2002.

The documentary series was directed by William Cran, and originally broadcast on BBC and PBS. It was co-produced by MacNeil-Lehrer Productions and the BBC, and was principally funded through a grant from General Foods. The third episode, “A Muse of Fire”, won the 1987 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement – Informational Programming – Writing. The series was released as a 5 tape box set in 2001, running 495 minutes. The book and series have been used in University courses.

Episodes included :
1. An English Speaking World.
2. The Mother Tongue.
3. A Muse of Fire.
4. The Guid Scots Tongue.
5. Black on White.
6. Pioneer O Pioneer.
7. Muvver Tongue.
8. The Loaded Weapon.
9. Next Year’s Words.

episode 1 – An English Speaking World

episode 2 – The Mother Tongue

Watch the full documentary

> http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/story-of-english/


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