The Resource The adventure of English, Melvyn Bragg, (videorecording DVD)

The adventure of English, Melvyn Bragg, (videorecording DVD)

Label
The adventure of English
Title
The adventure of English
Statement of responsibility
Melvyn Bragg
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Melvyn Bragg shows us the remarkable story of the English language, from its modest beginnings around A.D. 500 as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its current position as a truly established global language. Along the way its story takes in a host of characters, locations, and events. Bragg brings the viewer from the early Anglo-Saxon tribes and Alfred the Great's stubborn resistance to the Danes, through the impact of the Norman invasion in 1066, and on to the arrival of such early literary masterpieces as Beowulf and Geoffrey Chaucer's bawdy Canterbury Tales. Bragg tells the tales of Henry VIII's battles with the Church over bootleg Bibles, and the influence of the "coarse" playwright William Shakespeare, who alone contributed 2,000 new words to the language. With its spread to North America, English expanded with the songs of the Creole slaves, with the bold language of Davy Crockett, and with Lewis and Clark's expedition West, which coined hundreds of new terms as the explorers discovered hitherto unknown flora and fauna. From street slang and Dr. Johnson's dictionary to the role of English in India, Bragg leaves no stone unturned in his linguistic adventure. Embracing elements of Latin, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, Hindi, and Gullah, this 1,500-year story covers a huge range of countries and peoples. The Adventure of English is a narrative not only of power, religion, and trade but also of people and how they have changed - and continue, day by day, to change, along with the extraordinary language that is English
Cataloging source
ABN
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
Produced and written by Melvyn Bragg ; directed by Robert Bree, David Thomas and Nigel Wattis
Dewey number
420.9
Intended audience
Rated PG: Parental guidance recommended for younger viewers, Contains low level offensive language
Language note
Includes English subtitles for the hearing impaired
PerformerNote
Presented by Melvyn Bragg
Runtime
400
Target audience
adult
Technique
live action
The adventure of English, Melvyn Bragg, (videorecording DVD)
Label
The adventure of English, Melvyn Bragg, (videorecording DVD)
Publication
Note
  • British television series which originally screened in 2003 on ITV
  • SBS1077
Related Contributor
Related Location
Related Agents
Related Authorities
Related Subjects
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Disc 1: Ep. 1. Birth of a language -- Ep. 2. English goes underground -- Ep. 3. The battle for the language of the Bible -- Ep. 4. This earth, this realm, this England
  • Disc 2: Ep. 5. English in America -- Ep. 6. Speaking proper -- Ep. 7. The language of empire -- Ep. 8. Many tongues called English, one world language
Control code
11506643
http://library.link/vocab/cover_art
https://secure.syndetics.com/index.aspx?type=xw12&client=nlonzsd&isbn=&upc=&oclc=%28Sirsi%29%20SL128921/LC.JPG
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
http://library.link/vocab/discovery_link
{'CQ_QTN': 'https://ent.kotui.org.nz/client/en_AU/cq/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:2575087/ada'}
Extent
2 videodiscs (approximately 400 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
v
Other physical details
sound, color
Publisher number
SBS1077
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (Sirsi) SL128921
  • (AuCNLKIN)000041969258
System details
DVD, Region 4, Dolby Digital, PAL
Video recording format
DVD

Library Locations

    • Queenstown LibraryBorrow it
      10 Gorge Road, Queenstown, 9300, NZ
      -45.0289766 168.6616516
Processing Feedback ...