English as a Global Language

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 28, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 212 pages
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David Crystal's informative account of the rise of English as a global language explores the history, current status and potential of English as the international language of communication. This new edition of his classic work includes additional sections on the future of English as a world language, English on the Internet, and the possibility of an English "family" of languages. Footnotes, new tables, and a comprehensive bibliography reflect the expanded scope of the revised edition. An internationally renowned scholar in the field of language and linguistics, David Crystal received an Order of the British Empire in 1995 for his services to the English language. He is the author of several books with Cambridge, including Language and the Internet (2001), Language Death (2000), English as a Global Language (1997), Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (1997), and Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language (1995) as well as Words on Words (University of Chicago, 2000). First edition Hb (1997): 0-521-59247-X First edition Pb (1998): 0-521-62994-2
  

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User Review  - Fiona Ranson - Goodreads

I've been generous with 4 stars because I'm trying to imagine reading a Crystal book for the first time. I've read and got so many that it felt a bit like a re- hash of other material he's produced ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bob Hartley - Goodreads

Normally David Crystal is my spirit animal, but I think he's missed a trick in writing this. A lot of the information is obvious to someone like me (a smartarse, I suppose) or too in-depth for me to ... Read full review

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Contents

Why a global language?
1
What is a global language?
3
What makes a global language?
7
Why do we need a global language?
11
What are the dangers of a global language?
14
Could anything stop a global language?
25
A critical era
27
Why English? The historical context
29
The press
91
Advertising
93
Broadcasting
95
Cinema
98
Popular music
100
International travel
104
International safety
106
Education
110

Origins
30
America
31
Canada
36
The Caribbean
39
Australia and New Zealand
40
South Africa
43
South Asia
46
Former colonial Africa
49
Southeast Asia and the South Pacific
54
A world view
59
Why English? The cultural foundation
72
Political developments
78
Access to knowledge
80
Taken for granted
83
Why English? The cultural legacy
86
The media
90
Communications
114
The right place at the right time
120
The future of global English
123
The rejection of English
124
the US situation
127
New Englishes
140
The linguistic character of New Englishes
147
Vocabulary
158
Codeswitching
164
Other domains
168
The future of English as a world language
172
An English family of languages?
177
A unique event?
189
References
192
Index
202
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Journal of Pragmatics : English as a global language, second ...
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English as a Global Language - Cambridge University Press
David Crystal, world authority on the English language, presents a lively and factual account of the rise of English as a global language and explores the ...
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JSTOR: English as a Global Language
English as a Global Language. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1997. Pp. x, 150. $19.95, cloth. English as a Global Language addresses three ques- ...
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Opportunities or threats? the case of English as a global language
English as a Global Language. Anne Burns. Introduction. T. hese days it seems to be a truism to state that English is the global language, the ...
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Interface: The Journal for Education, Community, and Values
At first glance it might appear that English as a Global Language would have little to say about the impact of the Internet, or the question as to what is ...
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English as a Global Language- Good or Bad
David Crystal’s “English as a Global language” contains a lot of useful information, and so does “Sociolinguistics” by Peter Trudgill. ...
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English as a global language, a good or bad thing? - English ...
In order to address the issue of whether English as a global language is good or bad, one needs to assess its claim to this pol... by Daniel Onyango.
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English as a Global Language. Second Edition.
ED480564 - English as a Global Language. Second Edition.
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The Language Teacher Online: Cribb, November 2001
David Crystal has illustrated this rise well in his book English as a Global Language in which he notes how English 'has repeatedly found itself in the ...
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Wordsmith.org -- Online Chat with David Crystal
Crystal is the acclaimed author of over 40 books on languages and the English language, including Language Death, English as a Global Language, ...
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About the author (2003)

David Crystal is one of the world's foremost authorities on language, and as editor of the Cambridge Encyclopedia database has used the Internet for research purposes from its earliest manifestations. His work for the technology company AND Classification Data Limited has involved him in the development of an information classification system with several Internet applications and he has extensive professional experience of Web issues. Professor Crystal is author of the hugely successful Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (1987; Second Edition 1997), Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language (1995), English as a Global Language (1997), Language Death (2000) and Language and the Internet (2001). An internationally renowned writer, journal editor, lecturer and broadcaster, he received an OBE in 1995 for his services to the study and teaching of language. His edited books include The Cambridge Encyclopedia (1990; Second Edition 1994; Third Edition 1997; Fourth Edition 2000), The Cambridge Paperback Encyclopedia (1993; Second Edition 1995; Third Edition 1999), The Cambridge Biographical Encyclopedia (1994; Second Edition 1997) and The Cambridge Factfinder (1994; Second Edition 1997; Third Edition 1998; Fourth Edition 2000).

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