English Global Language

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In the 21st century, the evolution of the English language is occurring at an alarming rate. With the blending of cultures and religions and the advent of new technology, such as cellphones, and global messaging software, the basic core of the language is beginning to change. Slangs and shortened versions of words, are becoming universally accepted. Some of this is likely to be just trend or fashion, but with a new emphasis on speed and transfer of data, many of these new word forms will be permanent additions to the global dialect. The nature of the English language is what has allowed it to become globally accepted and this same feature will allow it to be the generally accepted language of the future. With new corners of the world becoming more literate, and many of the teachers using English as their teaching language in primary, secondary and tertiary education, its incorporation can only strengthen and thrive.

Indeed, by now lists of facts about the English language being recognised as the global language is amazingly reached. English is the working language of the Asian trade group ASEAN. It is the de facto working language of 98 percent of German research physicists and 83 percent of German research chemists. It is the official language of the European Central Bank, even though the bank is in Frankfurt and neither Britain nor any other predominantly English-speaking country is a member of the European Monetary Union. It is the language in which african parents in South Africa overwhelmingly wish their children to be educated. This little list of facts comes from British sources: a report, The Future of English?, and a follow-up newsletter that David Graddol, a language researcher at The Open University, and his consulting firm, The English Company U.K., wrote in 1997 and 1998 for the British Council, whose mission is to promote British culture worldwide; and English as a Global Language (1997), a book by David Crystal, who is a professor at the...
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