English as a Global Language / Edition 2

English as a Global Language / Edition 2

by David Crystal
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521530326

ISBN-13: 9780521530323

Pub. Date: 07/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

David Crystal, world authority on the English language, presents an account of the rise of English as a global language and explores the whys and wherefores of the history, current status and future potential of English as the international language of communication. English has been lauded as the most 'successful' language ever, with 1,500 million speakers worldwide;…  See more details below

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David Crystal, world authority on the English language, presents an account of the rise of English as a global language and explores the whys and wherefores of the history, current status and future potential of English as the international language of communication. English has been lauded as the most 'successful' language ever, with 1,500 million speakers worldwide; but Crystal avoids taking sides and tells the story in a measured but engaging way, backed by facts and figures. This new edition of his classic book contains extra sections (on subjects including the linguistic features of New Englishes, the future of English as a world language, and the possibility of an English 'family' of languages), footnotes and a full bibliography. There are updates throughout. This is a book for anyone of any nationality concerned with English: teachers, students, language professionals, politicians, general readers and anyone with a love of the language.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521530323
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

List of tables
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
1Why a global language?1
2Why English? The historical context29
3Why English? The cultural foundation72
4Why English? The cultural legacy86
5The future of global English123
References192
Index202

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