Critical Response-Globish

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Name: Cici Li
Assignment: Critical response
Topic: Globish

Summary

Cuthbert and Jackson both discuss Globish which is a simplified form of English. They have different opinion on Globish. Cuthbert indicates that Globish is an easy way of communication, while Jackson states that Globish is lack of accuracy. They both talk about vocabulary, grammar and culture. Jackson claims that culture are very important to language, whereas Cuthert maintains that language can separate from culture.

Discussion

Cuthbert and Jackson have different perspective on Globish. Cuthbert is the first teacher who teach Globish, so she has a lot of experience. Her view maybe more emphasis on the practical use of language. On the other hand, Jackson, who is linguist, he thinks that language is not only used in communication, but also used in many areas ,such as business and science.

Jackson is correct about the fact that grammar adds meaning, clarity and precision to what we say and write, but in the English language we find a lot of grammar structures that don’t add meaning to ideas. These unnecessary structures make English learning more difficult. So Cuthbert is correct when she states that basic grammar rules would be enough to communicate effectively.

Maybe Jackson underestimates Globish’s 1500 word vocabulary by comparing it with a 4 years old child’s vocabulary, because we can’t assume that those are the same words which is used in same situations. Whereas in English there are too much words with the same meaning, it make English learners misunderstanding. But Cuthert’s statement that 1500 words are enough for a language is also overestimated, because Globish would be used in many fields, such as business, science, politics and day-to-day situations, where such a small vocabulary would not be sufficient. It is not the fact that Globish is adequate for all situations.

Jackson’s statement that language and culture cannot be separated...
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