The Mother TongueStreaming Video - 2007
The making of English is the story of three great invasions and a cultural revolution. This classic PBS program shows how an early form of English was carried to Britain by invading Anglo-Saxons, how that language was all but obliterated by waves of Viking settlers, and how it was reshaped by the French-speaking Normans. The fact that English survived on the lips of people who left no written records is made clear in the program; however, the nascent literary history of the language is also presented-how it emerged in the first English plays, developed in the printing achievements of William Caxton, and flowered in the poetry of the first great English writer, Geoffrey Chaucer.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, , c1986
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (58 min.) :,sd., col., digital file
Alternative Title: Story of English (Television program)