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Speaking In Tongues: The History Of Language--Civilization To Colonization

46 minutes 41 seconds

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Fourth in the five-part series. Writing is a relative latecomer to the history of language. Its emergence in Mesopotamia, China, and Mesoamerica and its spread down through the millennia via conquest-usually violent, sometimes benign-and colonization is tracked. 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; the Manhattan Institute's John McWhorter; MIT's Michel DeGraff; the University of Chicago's Salikoko Mufwene; and Peter Daniels, coeditor of "The World's Writing Systems," contribute. 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