The Last Lingua Franca: English Until the Return of Babel
English is the world's lingua franca-the most widely spoken language in human history. And yet, as historian and linguist Nicholas Ostler persuasively argues, English will not only be displaced as the world's language in the not-distant future, it will be the last lingua franca, not replaced by another.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Shimmin - LibraryThing
This book's about linguas franca and the ideas about English remaining as an eternal world language, or being overtaken by Chinese or what-haveyou. It's decent enough, but I've got to say I couldn't ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JohnPeterAltgeld - LibraryThing
Pomposity, pedantry, and an author too in love with himself. I had read Nicholas Ostler's "Empires of the Word" and enjoyed it and learned from it. Based on that positive experience and the good ... Read full review