Item Details

The Mother Tongue [electronic resource]

MacNeil/Lehrer Productions
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
The making of English is the story of three great invasions and a cultural revolution. This classic PBS program shows how an early form of English was carried to Britain by invading Anglo-Saxons, how that language was all but obliterated by waves of Viking settlers, and how it was reshaped by the French-speaking Normans. The fact that English survived on the lips of people who left no written records is made clear in the program; however, the nascent literary history of the language is also presented-how it emerged in the first English plays, developed in the printing achievements of William Caxton, and flowered in the poetry of the first great English writer, Geoffrey Chaucer.
Release Date
2007
Run Time
58 min.
Language
Closed-captioned
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 17, 2007.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Related Title
Story of English (Television program)
Series
The Story of English
Contents
  • Indo-European Languages (2:05)
  • Frisian Language in Holland (1:46)
  • Anglo-Saxon Invasions in Britain (1:56)
  • English Spoken by the Welsh (3:31)
  • Celtic Languages (2:10)
  • Old English: Dutch, English, and German Influences (3:17)
  • Evidence of Old English in Modern English (3:16)
  • "Beowulf" in Old English (1:25)
  • Christianity's Influence on Language and Danish Invasions (2:43)
  • Viking Remnants in England and English Language (4:02)
  • Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon English (4:37)
  • England Falls to France: French Language Prevails (4:24)
  • Proliferation of English Among Norman Invaders (3:18)
  • Norman Conquest: Linguistic Blessing (2:07)
  • Norman Influence on English Language Structure (1:11)
  • Geoffrey Chaucer's Influence on English (3:41)
  • William Caxton: First English Language Press (4:09)
  • Fifteenth-Century English (3:43)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2007], c1986.
Publisher no.
  • 36922s Films Media Group
  • 36924 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (58 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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