An English-speaking WorldStreaming Video - 2007
English is a language spoken by two billion people, perhaps even more. This classic PBS program examines the prevalence of English in the world today and presents a historical overview of its rise. Focusing on the expansion of the British Empire and the emergence of English-language mass media, the program explains how widespread English usage survived Britain's post-WWII decolonization, particularly in India and Africa. It also examines the impact of American-and especially Californian-English, which has arguably become standard. Interviews with William Safire and Gloria Steinem provide insight into Americanization and the linguistic influence of feminism.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, , c1986
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (59 min.) :,sd., col., digital file
Alternative Title: Story of English (Television program)