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Speaking In Tongues: The History Of Language--Let There Be Words

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First in the five-part series. What precisely is language, and how did humans acquire it? In an effort to answer those essential questions, a journey is taken back to prehistoric times in search of language's origin. Noam Chomsky, Brown University's Philip Lieberman, UC Berkeley's Johanna Nichols, Stanford University's Merritt Ruhlen, professor of anthropology Richard Klein, Nobel physicist Murray Gell-Mann, and others passionately defend their points of view. Additional topics include distinguishing features of human communication and what humankind's first utterances may have been. The early evolution and migration of humans is also considered. Accessibility options on the DVD are: (1) audio description, (2) expanded audio description, (3) English SDH subtitles, (4) closed captions.

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Men in yarmulkes and hoiche hats approach the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Caption. It could go back hundreds of thousands of years.
Speaking In Tongues: The History Of Language
Episode 1
46 minutes 42 seconds
Grade Level: 11 - 12
Closeup of a man in black face paint outlined with white. He wears an elaborate hat with feathers extending from both sides. Caption. They can express things that are almost equally difficult.
Speaking In Tongues: The History Of Language
Episode 2
46 minutes 45 seconds
Grade Level: 11 - 12
Man paddles an outrigger canoe through crystal blue water. Caption. To the diversity of languages in the Pacific.
Speaking In Tongues: The History Of Language
Episode 3
46 minutes 39 seconds
Grade Level: 11 - 12
Black and white closeup of a statue of the Virgin Mary touching a heart on her chest with 1 hand and holding out her palm with the other. Caption. They were exposed to writings in the Roman alphabet.
Speaking In Tongues: The History Of Language
Episode 4
46 minutes 41 seconds
Grade Level: 11 - 12
Aerial view of a street crowded with cars and surrounded by buildings. The street runs toward a pagoda in the distance. Caption. A Beijing citizen learning English campaign.
Speaking In Tongues: The History Of Language
Episode 5
46 minutes 40 seconds
Grade Level: 11 - 12