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 book includes a historical summary of the global facts and figures pertaining to the expansion and current demographic status of English as both a first and second language internationally. It also addresses and answers, in an informed assessment of the future of English, three basic questions: What makes a world language? Why is English the leading candidate? What will it take for English to continue to hold that position? Steering even-handedly through the minefield of political debate about the cultural hegemony of English, it will appeal to anyone with an interest in language issues, whatever their political views on the subject.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)|
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