English as a Global Language
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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Review: English as a Global LanguageUser 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
Review: English as a Global LanguageUser Review - Goodreads
I read the first edition, which feels dated (it was 18 years ago, after all) but the points that are made are still relevant today. It is pleasantly short and straighforward in presenting how and why English became a global language. Read full review
Why a global language?
What is a global language?
What makes a global language?
Why do we need a global language?
What are the dangers of a global language?
Could anything stop a global language?
A critical era
Why English? The historical context
Australia and New Zealand
Former colonial Africa
Southeast Asia and the South Pacific
A world view
Why English? The cultural foundation
Access to knowledge
Taken for granted
Why English? The cultural legacy
The right place at the right time
The future of global English
The rejection of English
the US situation
The linguistic character of New Englishes
The future of English as a world language
An English family of languages?
A unique event?
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