Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The history of the English Language in 10 minutes

Brain Pickings is a wonderful site that has some quirky and interesting ideas and thoughts. I found this on their page and thought I would share it. For all of you learning to speak English and for all of us who have English as our first language this is a treat.

The history of language, that peculiar human faculty that Darwin believed was half art and half instinct, is intricately intertwined with the evolution of our species, our capacity for invention, our understanding of human biology, and even the progress of our gender politics. 

From the fine folks at Open University — who previously gave us these delightful 60-second animated syntheses of the world’s major religions, philosophy’s greatest thought experiments, and the major creative movements in design — comes this infinitely entertaining and illuminating animated history of the English language in 10 minutes:

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