English as a Global Language / Edition 2

English as a Global Language / Edition 2

by David Crystal
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Cambridge University Press
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English as a Global Language / Edition 2

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.

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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

Preface; 1. Why a global language?; 2. Why English? The historical context; 3. Why English? The cultural foundation; 4. Why English? The cultural legacy; 5. The future of global English; References; Index; List of tables.

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