The Resource Beyond Babel

Beyond Babel

Label
Beyond Babel
Title
Beyond Babel
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Episode 1. Trade examines how the process of international trade has taken English on to the world stage. At their corporate headquarters in Atlanta, Coca Cola executives mull over the marketing strategy for their Shanghai factories, while local staff at Virgin Atlantic in China have to master English to deal with passenger bookings. At the Harvard Business School, a professor speculates that English has banished nationhood in favour of global branding. Around the world business has come to depend on English as the lingua franca of international trade and as the language grows so does its aspirational pull. --Episode 2. Culture looks at the phenomenal appeal of English as a vehicle for artistic expression. From Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London to American Rap music, via Star TV in Hong Kong, English is asserting itself as the language of cultural communication. Tele-evangelist Pat Robertson employs the power of satellite television to spread the gospel to the world from the Christian Broadcasting Network studios. A young Indian director launches his English language film, "Bollywood Calling", at the London Film Festival and in Tokyo, Japanese pop group Babamania only perform in English. The success of the language is taking the cultural world by storm. --Episode 3. Politics examines the role of English as the medium of international political discourse and diplomacy and its adoption by those seeking freedom and justice. From Bunker Hill to Silicon Valley, the English language shapes the political landscape of modern day America. And its revolutionary heritage is echoed in the fiercely contested language debates that still rage, whether it's between new immigrants and the political establishment or the struggles of Native Americans to preserve their own endangered languages. In South Africa, with its eleven official languages, English has become a key element in bringing together former opponents. While in India, English vies with the indigenous language, Hindi, as the language of government. --Episode 4. Over 70% of the world's scientific research is now recorded in English and science accounts for the fastest growing area of the already immense English vocabulary. This programme travels from Xerox Parc in Silicon Valley to Electronics City in Bangalore, to explore the way that technological advance and English have become inextricably linked. New media and the Internet have produced a boom in English, but will this ubiquity continue? Will the development of translation machines make the need for a common language obsolete and, as more and more people grow up bi-lingual, will the monolingual English speakers be left behind?
  • The unprecedented spread of the English language in the 20th century has for the first time in recorded history raised the possibility of a global language. With a quarter of the world now using English there is even speculation that there may, at some future point, be a universal language. Beyond Babel is the only television series to take an in depth look at the way in which English is being adopted and adapted around the world and how its tremendous rate of growth is driven by trade, culture, politics and technology. The series also explores the impact of this globalization on endangered languages and the relationship of English with its other major linguistic competitors
Cataloging source
NZEN
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
Produced by Michael Blythe
Date time place
Originally produced by Infonation Media in 2012
PerformerNote
Narrator, Hugh Quarshie
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Blythe, Michael
  • Quarshie, Hugh
  • Kanopy (Firm)
Runtime
200
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Communication, International
  • Documentary television programs
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • Language and culture
  • Language, Universal
  • Television programs
Technique
live action
Label
Beyond Babel
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Note
The series was devised and produced by Michael Blythe at Infonation Media, a UK based independent television production company. Beyond Babel was filmed in USA, Japan, China, India, South Africa and Europe, with contributions from a wide range of international personalities. It has been broadcast in sixty two countries. In response to he success of the broadcast series, Beyond Babel is also available on DVD with additional sequences, interactive menus and multi-language options
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
1 - Trade. --2. Culture --3. Politics. --4. The future
Control code
kan1070125
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
4 online resources (4 video files)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to registered members of City Libraries
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, stereo., sound, color.
Publisher number
1070125
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
(OCoLC)897768698
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other
Label
Beyond Babel
Link
Publication
Note
The series was devised and produced by Michael Blythe at Infonation Media, a UK based independent television production company. Beyond Babel was filmed in USA, Japan, China, India, South Africa and Europe, with contributions from a wide range of international personalities. It has been broadcast in sixty two countries. In response to he success of the broadcast series, Beyond Babel is also available on DVD with additional sequences, interactive menus and multi-language options
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
1 - Trade. --2. Culture --3. Politics. --4. The future
Control code
kan1070125
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
4 online resources (4 video files)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to registered members of City Libraries
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, stereo., sound, color.
Publisher number
1070125
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
(OCoLC)897768698
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other

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