Item Details

Civilization to Colonization [electronic resource]: Language Takes Written Form

Journeyman Pictures (Firm)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Writing is a relative latecomer to the history of language. This program tracks its emergence in Mesopotamia, China, and Mesoamerica and its spread down through the millennia via conquest-usually violent, sometimes benign-and colonization. The creation of creoles and pidgins resulting from the interaction of specific populations is also addressed, and speculation is made about the first things to be written down. Noam Chomsky; Peter Daniels, coeditor of The World's Writing Systems; the Manhattan Institute's John McWhorter; MIT's Michel DeGraff; and Salikoko Mufwene, of The University of Chicago, contribute.
Release Date
2007
Run Time
48 min.
Language
Closed-captioned
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Oct. 24, 2007.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Language takes written form
Related Title
Speaking in tongues (Television program)
Series
Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language
Contents
  • History of Writing (2:47)
  • Where Writing Began (3:41)
  • History of Writing in Africa (2:23)
  • History of Writing in Oceania and Asia (2:03)
  • The Chinese Writing System (3:47)
  • Diverse Systems of Writing in India (1:31)
  • Greek, Roman, and European Writing Systems (2:00)
  • Writing Systems in the Americas (1:01)
  • Language and Society (4:37)
  • Effects of Colonization on Language Distribution (4:29)
  • Creole Peoples and Language (3:26)
  • Controversial Creole Language Studies (3:18)
  • Creole Language Distribution (2:57)
  • Haitian Creole Language (2:53)
  • Pidgin Languages (3:23)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2007], c2007.
Publisher no.
  • 37537s Films Media Group
  • 37541 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (48 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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