By David Crystal
David Crystal's informative account of the increase of English as a world language explores the historical past, present prestige and capability of English because the overseas language of verbal exchange. This new version of his vintage paintings contains extra sections at the way forward for English as an international language, English on the web, and the potential of an English "family" of languages. Footnotes, new tables, and a entire bibliography replicate the accelerated scope of the revised variation. An the world over popular student within the box of language and linguistics, David Crystal obtained an Order of the British Empire in 1995 for his prone to the English language. he's the writer of numerous books with Cambridge, together with Language and the web (2001), Language demise (2000), English as a world Language (1997), Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (1997), and Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language (1995) in addition to phrases on phrases (University of Chicago, 2000). First version Hb (1997): 0-521-59247-X First version Pb (1998): 0-521-62994-2
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The early history of language contact in these areas was indeed one of conquest and assimilation, and the effects on indigenous languages were disastrous. But in more recent times, the emergence of English as a truly global language has, if anything, had the reverse effect – stimulating a stronger response in support of a local language than might otherwise have been the case. Times have changed. Movements for language rights (alongside civil rights in general) have played an important part in several countries, such as in relation to the Maori in New Zealand, the Aboriginal languages of Australia, the Indian languages of Canada and the USA, and some of the Celtic languages.
In 1900, the population was just over 75 million. This total had doubled by 1950. Within one or two generations of arrival, most of these immigrant families had come to speak English, through a natural process of assimilation. Grandparents and grandchildren found themselves living in very different linguistic worlds. The result was a massive growth in mother-tongue use of English. 35 ENGLISH AS A GLOBAL LANGUAGE According to the 1990 census, the number of people (over ﬁve years of age) who spoke only English at home had grown to over 198 million – 86 per cent of the population.
I’m no good at languages’ is probably the most widely heard apology for not making any effort at all to acquire even a basic knowledge of a new language. Commonly, this self-denigration derives from an unsatisfactory language learning experience in school: the speaker is perhaps remembering a poor result in school examinations – which may reﬂect no more than an unsuccessful teaching approach or a not unusual breakdown in teacher– adolescent relationships. ‘I never got on with my French teacher’ is another typical comment.