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Audio-visual Materials in Linguistics

For an up-to-date list of streaming audio, video, and pictoral Library resources check the list on the ER Media page: See, especially Ethnographic Video Online for a look at cultures from many nations and thier languages.


Looking for some audio-visual materials on the English language, introduction to language, and/or language development? Try an advanced search of the Library catologue and limit your search to material type: Video. Most of these materials will be located in the Digital and Multimedia Center, on 4W of the Main Library.


Below is a sample of titles available in the Main Library Digital and Multimedia Center. If you need them for classroom usage or for reserve, please contact John Shaw at DMC (, phone: 432-6123 ext. 287) in advance to make arrangement.

The English Language


Language and Language Developme


  • Language [videorecording]

    A production of WGBH in association with All Kinds of Minds. [Boston] : WGBH Boston Video, [2001]

    Explores the process of acqiring language abilities--the key to succesful communication--as well as practical strategies that parents and teachers can use to help students develop these abilities. Shows children and early adolescents in classroom settings struggling with one or more language levels: phonological processing, morphological sense, semantic understanding and use, sentence comprehension and formulation and discourse. Viewers will gain insights into the complexities of language and the critical role language plays in children's success in school and life.

  • Developing Language [videorecording] : Learning to Question,

    Geoff Wheeler, producer. Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2004.

    "Kathy Sylva and Peter Bryant, both of the University of Oxford, and other researchers share their insights into categorizing and codifyinig patterns of play through observation, avoiding common experiment-related pitfalls such as covariation and unintentional bias, and mitigating artificiality, a challenge to practitioners of both approaches"

  • Language Development [videorecording]

    Script, Louise Higgins ; directed by Helen Staveley-Taylor ; produced by Uniview Productions. Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, c2004.

    Examines the development of language in babies and young children. Follows this development from the first cry of an infant through that of a seven year-old. Discusses several theories, including arguments for and against the nature-nurture debate, the interactionist view, the Wharf-Sappier Hypothesis and the question "can non-human animals use language?"

Endangered Languages

  • The Linguists [videorecording]

    Produced and directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger ; written by Daniel A. Miller ; [Garrison, NY] : Ironbound Films, [2009]

    Profiling endangered languages around the world and efforts to archive and revive them.

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