Woke up this morning, thinking of the series of videos on the dominance of the English language in the world, narrated by Robert MacNeil. I think this was prompted by what I heard on Sunday. On Sunday, Nov. 11. 2018, in Paris, during his speech commemorating the centenary of the First World War Armistice, French President Emmanuel Macron said: “Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is its betrayal.” I reject this for the following reason. A nation is a country (or State) with one language. A patriot is someone who is loyal to his country — even if it is not a nation; while a nationalist is someone who aspires to create a country based on his language, or to preserve the existing Nation.
This made me think of how English is spoken everywhere in the world.
Below are the 9 videos “The Story of English,” broadcast in 1989, which was followed by the publication of the book: Robert MCcrum, Robert MacNeil and William Cran, The Story of English, 3d ed., 2002. [496 pages]
1. An English Speaking World: Discusses how English has become the most dominant language throughout the world.
2. The Mother Tongue: Discusses the early stages of the English language, including Old English and Middle English.
3. A Muse of Fire: Discusses the influence of William Shakespeare and the King James Bible on the English language.
4. The Guid Scots Tongue: Discusses the Scottish influence on the English language.
5. Black on White: Discusses the influence of Blacks on the English language. (Includes interviews with Philadelphia hip hop legends The Scanner Boys, Parry P and Grand Tone.)
6. Pioneers, O Pioneers!: Discusses Canadian English and the various forms of American English.
7. The Muvver Tongue: Discusses Cockney dialect and Australian English.
8. The Loaded Weapon: Discusses the Irish influence on the English Language.
9. Next Year’s Words: Discusses the future and new emerging forms of the English language.
1 An English Speaking World
2 The Mother Tongue
3 A Muse of Fire
4 The Guid Scots Tongue
5 Black on White
6 Pioneers, O Pioneers!
7 The Muvver Tongue
8 The Loaded Weapon
9 Next Year’s Words