The Story of Human Language. Parts I-III
Lectures on the history of language and linguistics by John McWhorter on 6 videodiscs. Sections include: What Is language? -- When language began -- How language changes--sound change, building new material, meaning and order, many directions, modern English; -- Language families--Indo-European, tracing Indo-European, diversity of structures, clues to the past; -- The case against the world's first language -- The case for the world's first language -- Dialects -- subspecies of species, where do you draw the line?, two tongues in one mouth, the standard as token of the past, spoken style, written style, the fallacy of blackboard grammar; --Language mixture--words, grammar, language areas; -- Language develops beyond the call of duty -- Language interrupted -- A new perspective on the story of English -- Does culture drive language change? -- Language starts over--Pidgins, Creoles I, Creoles II, signs of the new, the Creole continuum -- What Is Black English? --Language death, etc.