Item Details

The Empire Strikes Back [electronic resource]

MacNeil/Lehrer Productions
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Will standard English, as it was known in the 20th century, disappear? Will English continue as the global tongue, or will its numerous varieties become, as offshoots of Latin did, a host of mutually unintelligible languages? This classic PBS program features new varieties of English that have transcended British and American influence. The program focuses on some of the most successful examples of "New English," including Jamaican creole, the English of India, and the pidgin of Melanesia, brought to Papua New Guinea by maritime trade. The program concludes with the possibility that the world's first global language will endure alongside its unrecognizable descendants.
Release Date
2007
Run Time
59 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
  • Overview of Pidgins (4:12)
  • Pidgin: Improvised Contact Language (3:36)
  • New Guinea: Pidgin and Creole (3:00)
  • African Pidgins (2:39)
  • Sierra Leone: Pidgin English (Krio) (4:43)
  • Barbados: Pidgin English(Bajan) (6:23)
  • Jamaican English: Creole (5:54)
  • Jamaican Creole Written Down in Dub Poetry (2:45)
  • Jamaican Blacks in London Speak Creole (4:03)
  • Immigrants from Indian Subcontinent in Britain (2:42)
  • Spoken English in Calcutta (3:58)
  • India's English Language Newspapers (4:22)
  • Indian English: Promotion by Writers (5:21)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2007], c1986.
Publisher no.
  • 36922s Films Media Group
  • 36931 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (59 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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