The Adventure of English 7: The Language of Empire

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This is a British television series (ITV) on the history of the English presented by Melvyn Bragg. There is an excellent a companion book, also written by Bragg. The series ran in 2003.

The series and the book are cast as an adventure story, or the biography of English as if it were a living being, covering the history of the language from its modest beginnings around 500 AD as a minor Germanic dialect to its rise as a truly established global language.

In this episode, we explore how English was spread around the world by Britain's empire and commercial ventures, and how that changed the English language itself.

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English, part 8

So good! So interesting! Thank you.