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Identity: Fry's Planet Word

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This title is a part of the series Fry's Planet Word Series

Catalogue Number:  BBC033
Producer:  BBC
Subject:  English, Language Arts
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  U.S.
Copyright Year:  2011
Running Time:  60
Closed Captions:  Yes

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What makes one group of humans different from another? In this program, Stephen Fry argues that above all, it is the way they speak—be it a national language, regional dialect, or even class variation. Visiting markets in Kenya and call centers in Newcastle, Fry charts the shifting patterns of lingua franca and the inexorable spread of Globish (global English). Topics include English accents (with Ian McMillan); multilingualism; Jewish humor and Yiddish; an Irish soap opera that’s keeping the Irish language alive; language death in Provence; the survival of Basque and the revival of Hebrew; the French Academy; and languages used by the Turkana people of Kenya.

A BBC Production. 

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