LINGUIST List 23.2591

Sat Jun 02 2012

Media: New Documentary: The Universal Language

Editor for this issue: Elyssa Winzeler <>

Date: 31-May-2012
From: Dana Kash <>
Subject: New Documentary: The Universal Language
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Academy Award–nominated director Sam Green ('The Weather Underground')has a new documentary out about Esperanto and language studies. 'The UniversalLanguage' traces Esperanto from its conception in Poland amid other burgeoningnineteenth century Utopian movements through two disastrous world wars,Stalinist suppression, and the rise of globalization. Drawing equally from archivalfootage and interviews with present-day speakers and linguists, the film portrays amovement full of optimism and humor, as well as a vital curiosity about language’sability to influence society, culture, and the power structures around them. The filmis available for classroom use.

To watch a preview copy of 'The Universal Language' or for more informationabout the film, please contact orvisit

Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics                             Sociolinguistics

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