English as a Global Language

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 29, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 212 pages
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David Crystal's classic English as a Global Language considers the history, present status and future of the English language, focusing on its role as the leading international language. English has been deemed the most 'successful' language ever, with 1500 million speakers internationally, presenting a difficult task to those who wish to investigate it in its entirety. However, Crystal explores the subject in a measured but engaging way, always backing up observations with facts and figures. Written in a detailed and fascinating manner, this is a book written by an expert both for specialists in the subject and for general readers interested in the English language.
 

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Contents

Why a global language?
1
Why English? The historical context
29
Why English? The cultural foundation
72
Why English? The cultural legacy
86
The future of global English
123
References
192
Index
202
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