English as the Global Language Argumentative Essay by Nicky

English as the Global Language
A discussion of why English should be the global language.
# 128589 | 2,577 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 28, 2010 in Linguistics (General) , Economics (Globalization)

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This essay explores the reasons why English is the best language to bring the global community into a coherent global discussion. The author claims the arguments for English as the global language are based on research done by linguists. Additionally, the paper acknowledges the difficulties in one acquiring a second language. Various professions that currently use English internationally are cited. Also noted are the reasons that a global language is necessary, such as international problems that require dialog to find solutions. The paper also presents opposing viewpoints regarding English being the global language. The paper concludes, however, by restating reasons that English is well suited to be the global language.

English as the Global Language Makes Sense
The Argument against English as the Global Language
Why English is the Best Global Language Alternative

From the Paper:

"Here, Phillipson raises a valid argument. Mankind has long had a habit of distinguishing groups as being superior or inferior from one another to the detriment of the weaker group. Phillipson is suggesting that "language" is the new racism. He raises an interesting point, but it is not a strong one. As we look around us, we see that the move is toward a global language, but it also toward eliminating the differences that separate us, and embracing the differences that celebrate the diversity and cultural origins of each of us. We are a world that has come to see the differences between us not as reasons to reject one another, but as reasons to investigate and learn more about one another as neighbors. The celebration of our diversity deserves an expression, and that expression can best be accomplished with a global language. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ammon, Ulrich, ed. The Dominance of English as a Language of Science: Effects on Other Languages and Language Communities. New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 2001. Questia. 15 Nov. 2008 <http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=112917290>.
  • Dovring, Karin. English as Lingua Franca: Double Talk in Global Persuasion. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 1997. Questia. 15 Nov. 2008 <http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=10065007>.
  • Greene, Lindsey A. "Global Language or Global Problems." Environmental Health Perspectives 108.7 (2000). Questia. 15 Nov. 2008 <http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5001088499>.
  • Johansen, Bruce E. The Global Warming Desk Reference. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002. Questia. 15 Nov. 2008 <http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=101544059>.
  • Lam, Wan Shun. "Second Language Socialization in a Bilingual Chat Room: Global and Local Considerations." Language, Learning & Technology 8.3 (2004): 44+. Questia. 15 Nov. 2008 <http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5007028109>.

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