The Story of English: Black on White
PE1075 .S76 2007 DVD
The Story of English has little to do with dictionaries, official documents, or highbrow literature. It is a tale of language used for immediate needs - in street talk, popular entertainment, war, and trade - and it covers more than a millennium of civilization's ebb and flow. Vividly capturing a sense of global dynamics, the series travels to 16 countries and across 5 continents as it follows the evolutionary path of the first worldwide language.
- Chapter 1: The Birth of Black English Black English is a
separate and distinct branch of the standard language family; its roots reach
back to Africa.
- Chapter 2: African Language Connections and the Slave Trade Black English includes the dialect-based influences of Gullah, pidgin English, and Creole, examined here in their African and American contexts.
- Chapter 3: Slavery and the American South Black English thrives in the American South amidst plantation life and Creole language influences. Black and White English move closer together.
- Chapter 4: Musical Influences Musical influences on English including DuBose Heyward and George Gershwin, Cab Calloway and the Harlem music scene.
- Chapter 5: Black Ascendancy and Language Rise of African-American cultural influences in American society and their impact on language, including the issue of Black English in the schools.
- Chapter 6: Modern Influences Modern influences are examined, including language of the ghetto, Black youth culture, and “street” language.
Host: Robert MacNeil.
Distributed by Films for the Humanities & Sciences.
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