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In search of the first language

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  • Creator a Nova production by BBC-TV, in association with WGBH Boston
  • Format Videos, Slides, Films
  • Contributors
  • Publication [Boston, Mass.] : WGBH Educational Foundation, 1994.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 videocassette (54 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in
  • OCLC ocm32126927
  • Credits
    • Narrator, Peter Thomas
    • Editor, Jana Bennett (for BBC) ; produced and directed by Melanie Wallace


  • Discusses the research that has been done on tracing the roots and families of languages, specifically the Indo-European and the Sino-Tibetan. Shows how certain words, through their sound and grammar can be considered part of a common family, and the evolution or death of a language through time.


  • Closed captioned for the hearing impaired. (Closed-Caption Decoder Required)
  • VHS format.