The English Language Term Paper by Peter Pen

The English Language
Discusses English as a global language.
# 116018 | 2,080 words | 5 sources | APA | 2009
Published on Aug 25, 2009 in Communication (Language and Speech) , English (General) , History (General) , Linguistics (General)

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In this paper, the writer outlines the historical events that have shaped this extreme dominance and outline the future prospects of English's continued use as the planet's global language. It is noted in the paper that that the success English has had in the past, continues to have in the present, and will surely have in the future, significantly impacts the world's languages and reciprocally impacts English itself. The paper concludes that English seems firmly entrenched in the position it now holds. No other language could repeat the colonial spread quite as English did. The future for English seems very bright indeed.

Table of Contents:
What is English?
Rise to Dominance
English in the World Today
Agents of Change
Prospects for the Future

From the Paper:

"The outer circle contains countries that for the most part share close ties to British colonial history and influence. The notable exception being The Philippines, whose frequent use of English as a second language can be attributed to a close relationship with the United States. In these countries, English is a commonly used second language, existing in tandem with the indigenous language or languages. English may be used in specific contexts and situations."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Mulder, Jean, and Kate Burridge. 1998. English in Australia and New Zealand: An Introduction to Its History, Structure and Use. Sydney: Oxford University Press.
  • Crystal, D. 1997. English as a Global Language. Cambridge University Press
  • Crystal, D. 1995. World English. In The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language. Cambridge. Ch 7, pp92-115.
  • Graddol, D. The Future of English? The English Company UK Ltd: 2000.
  • Graddol, D. English Next. The English Company UK Ltd: 2006.

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