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Speaking In Tongues: The History Of Language--Mother Tongues

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Third in the five-part series. Travels the globe as a large portion of the world's languages are surveyed-25 percent of which are spoken by a mere 0.1 percent of the Earth's population. Moving from Africa to Oceania and up to Asia and then west to Europe and across the ocean to the Americas, how many languages are spoken in each region, the characteristics they share, and misconceptions about them are assessed. Historical background on some of the key languages of the regions is included as well. The commentary of Salikoko Mufwene, coeditor of "The Ecology of Language Evolution"; Larry Hyman, of UC Berkeley; Hua Lin, of the University of Victoria; Harvard University's Jay Jasanoff; and Lyle Campbell, of the University of Utah, is featured. 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