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"In this book, David Crystal, one of the world's authorities on language, brings together for the first time the three major trends which he argues have fundamentally altered the world's linguistic ecology: the emergence of English as the world's first truly global language; the crisis facing huge numbers of languages which are currently endangered or dying; and, finally, the radical effect on language of the arrival of Internet technology." The Language Revolution will be essential reading for anyone interested in language and communication in the twenty-first century.
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"David Crystal has written an admirably clear, accessible andlively account of what he sees as the main ingredients in anongoing language revolution."

Soelve Ohlander, Moderna Sprak

"An interesting, idea-rich and provoking read."

Linguist List

"This is the first book to deal with the really importantquestion of “what to do next?” After the rise ofEnglish, the endangerment of minoritized languages the world overand the web’s tilt toward where the money is, what can we whotreasure diversity as the real human (and humanizing) condition“do about” the continued and accelerating demise ofscores of languages every month? Crystal is a master of simplifying(but not oversimplifying) the difficult, as well as of involvingthe reader in ideas and efforts that go beyond the status quo andgood intentions. Three cheers for more of the same!'"

Joshua A. Fishman, Yeshiva University, Stanford Universityand New York University

"A helpful compact overview of global language trends and theirrelationship to one another."

Jean Aitchison, University of Oxford

"Crystal's insight into the current linguistic climate isvaluable, his comment on the revolutionary changes informative andthorough, and his argument characteristically clear."

Dr. Murari Prasad, Yemen Observer Newspaper

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745633121
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/22/2004
  • Series: Themes for the 21st Century Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A New Linguistic World 1
1 The Future of Englishes 6
2 The Future of Languages 42
3 The Role of the Internet 64
4 After the Revolution 92
5 Language Themes for the Twenty-First Century 123
Notes 132
Index 136
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