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Speaking In Tongues: The History Of Language--Constant Change

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Second in the five-part series. John McWhorter, author of "The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language"; Lyle Campbell, of the University of Utah; Brian Joseph, of the Ohio State University; and population geneticist Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza examine factors that contributed to the diversification and spread of languages, including early migration, the introduction of agriculture, and genes. Language transfer from mother to child and from one population to the next is also investigated, along with the concept of dialects and commonalities among the world's more than 6,000 languages. 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