English as a Global Language
Publisher: Cambridge University Press | Pages: 228 | 1.5MB | ISBN:0521530326
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 (19
David Crystal, world authority on the English language, has written a timely and informative account of the phenomenon of English as a global language - the most successful the globe has ever known, with perhaps 1,500 million speakers. But if its rise continues what will be the fate of less powerful tongues? and what would have been the impact if Bill Gates had grown up speaking Chinese? What makes a world language? And why is English the leading candidate? Will it continue to hold that position? This book will appeal to anyone with an interest in language issues, whatever their political views on the subject.