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The Story of English

July 8th, 2009 by admin

Here is a great PBS series from the past. I’ve seen it a couple of times and am reading the companion book now.

3 Responses to “The Story of English”

  1. lev olson says:

    very interesting. have you seen the bbc documentary “the bible revolution” it picks up the story. it takes english through wycliff and the old angle saxon to tyndale… who probably did more to codify literary english than shakespear…

  2. admin says:

    I’ll check it out. I doubt Shakespeare was trying to do anything but entertain. Certainly with the amount of words he coined he wasn’t trying to standardize anything. Lev, you can get this series on VHS at the Plymouth library. Wish someone would put it on dvd.

  3. lev olson says:

    that would be hard for me to do as i am in savannah ga….
    i am sure shakespear did not see himself as the standard bearer of the english language, but the english speaking culture has often viewed him as the transition from the archaic to the modern. you gift shop all but touts him as such… i am not picking a champion her, but i think that the bible has had a lot to do with the propagation of the english language. i think that wycliff coined a lot of words that may still be in use….

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