Dear Rick,

"The Story of English" was extremely well done, and I assume the facts 
were pretty accurate, but the thesis it promoted was, in my view, very 
problematic.  The only section I could really evaluate was on Scots (and to 
some extent Gaelic), and I found it infuriating in its assumptions about the 
wonderful way English supplanted them.  It simply did not happen that way 
nor was its priviliging welcomed. 

I saw it too long ago to be specific, but I do think it was an exercise in 
presumption and self congratulation that dismissed other cultures.  I am 
remembering my distressed reaction rather than specific examples.

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Subject:        	Re: Dans le Restaurant and the Commedia

> >  Italian students
> > of Dante do not have much trouble with the language or grammar
> > although there are problems with some terms

> Thanks, Rick, that's really interesting. Did he say why English has
> more than Italian? Or maybe it just isn't known why.

No he didn't.  It was a short conversion just before getting on the boat
to visit the Dry Salvages (as I recall.)

There are many reasons why but I would not do them justice.  A number of
years back PBS did a TV series called "The Story of English" that was
fascinating.  They had a compagnon book also.  PBS has a Adult Leaning
Series using the videos and it should be possible to find tapes in

The following is a synopsis of the nine videos of the PBS series The Story
of English.

PBS ALS - Guide to Courses - The Story of English
(bookmark because the course is being redone and the page is worthless
until then.)

Book info at Amazon
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   Rick Parker