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rogermue
Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 4:28:32 PM

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BBC-video: History of the English language

It is one thing to read or study the book Albert C. Baugh, A History
of the English Language, 506 pages and it's another thing to see a video.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VsVz5U76kX0

It is rather long, though.

You hear about the Romans, then about the Anglo-Saxon period and Old
English, Beowulf, you hear Frisian - the Danelaw, King Alfred and so on.
Epiphileon
Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 4:36:16 PM

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Thanks Roger, So far sounds like an excellent presentation, I just leave it in an extra tab, and watch it as I can.
Medea
Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 6:08:03 PM

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hi!
It is very interesting ideed, I learned about english language history two years ago and I appreciate so much this information .
Thank you so much for share.
Elvandil
Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 8:16:07 PM

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Very much appreciated. It is long, but still only scratches the surface.

Here is a playlist that includes that film and a few others about English:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsVz5U76kX0&list=PL4V0KI_UpXG0FUmepjP6iZgLdYdzsbvMY

Flagman
Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 1:18:40 AM

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Thank you very much for sharing !
rogermue
Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 3:29:05 AM

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Elvandil wrote:
Very much appreciated. It is long, but still only scratches the surface.

Here is a playlist that includes that film and a few others about English:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsVz5U76kX0&list=PL4V0KI_UpXG0FUmepjP6iZgLdYdzsbvMY


Yes, the video scratches only the surface, but I would say it gives a first impression.
I really think one could do it better. But it was the first video about this topic and I found it
by chance. Anyway, I thought I should draw attention to it.
If someone finds other videos, better ones, it would be fine to post them here.
By the way, Baugh's book on the subject is worth reading for those interested in the matter.
As I have seen there are a lot of more recent books on the topic, but I don't known them.
The copyright of Baugh's book is from 1935, the book was first published by Routledge, London, in 1951
with many reprints. I think it can still be considered a standard work.

The English Wikipedia also has a long and detailed article on the topic with links
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_English_language
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Thanks to Elvandil, I now see that the BBC documentation is a series of eight videos, each of them
with a duration of about 50 minutes. Happy viewing!
Video number 4 is on Shakespeare.
Antonia40
Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 3:09:53 PM
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Thank you very much for sharing...very interesting and full of information...
Does it exist about history of German language...? A video, I think....
MaryWilbur
Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 3:38:44 PM

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Thanks for sharing. I took a course in college devoted to the history of the English language. It was extremely interesting, especially because the professor started with the Indo-European (or Indo-Hittite) family of languages and the place of English in it. It caused me to start thinking of words as footprints left by the people who used them or still use them.
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