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By David Crystal

ISBN-10: 0521823471

ISBN-13: 9780521823470

David Crystal's informative account of the increase of English as an international language explores the historical past, present prestige and capability of English because the overseas language of communique. This re-creation of his vintage paintings comprises extra sections at the way forward for English as a global language, English on the net, and the opportunity of an English "family" of languages. Footnotes, new tables, and a finished bibliography replicate the increased scope of the revised variation. An across the world popular pupil within the box of language and linguistics, David Crystal got an Order of the British Empire in 1995 for his prone to the English language. he's the writer of numerous books with Cambridge, together with Language and the web (2001), Language demise (2000), English as a world Language (1997), Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (1997), and Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language (1995) in addition to phrases on phrases (University of Chicago, 2000). First variation Hb (1997): 0-521-59247-X First version Pb (1998): 0-521-62994-2

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It is just as easy for me to send a message from my house in the small town of Holyhead, North Wales, to a friend in Washington as it is to get the same message to someone living just a few streets away from me. In fact, it is probably easier. That is why people so often talk, these days, of the ‘global village’. These trends would be taking place, presumably, if only a handful of countries were talking to each other. What has been so 13 ENGLISH AS A GLOBAL LANGUAGE impressive about the developments which have taken place since the 1950s is that they have affected, to a greater or lesser extent, every country in the world, and that so many countries have come to be involved.

12 At least at the levels of business and industry, many firms have begun to make fresh efforts in this direction. But at grass-roots tourist level, too, there are signs of a growing respect for other cultures, and a greater readiness to engage in language learning. Language attitudes are changing all the time, and more and more people are discovering, to their great delight, that they are not at all bad at picking up a foreign language. In particular, statements from influential politicians and administrators are beginning to be made which are helping to foster a fresh climate of opinion about the importance of language learning.

15 And English-monolingual companies are increasingly encountering language difficulties as they try to expand in those areas of the world thought to have greatest prospects of growth, such as East Asia, South America, and Eastern Europe – areas where English has traditionally had a relatively low presence. The issues are beginning to be addressed – for example, many Australian schools now teach Japanese as the first foreign language, and both the USA and UK are now paying more attention to Spanish (which, in terms of mother-tongue use, is growing more rapidly than English) – but we are still a long way from a world where the economic and other arguments have universally 13 15 14 Ramphal (1996).

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