By David Crystal

David Crystal's informative account of the increase of English as a world language explores the historical past, present prestige and strength of English because the overseas language of conversation. This re-creation of his vintage paintings comprises extra sections at the way forward for English as an international language, English on the net, and the opportunity of an English "family" of languages. Footnotes, new tables, and a finished bibliography mirror the extended scope of the revised version. An the world over popular student within the box of language and linguistics, David Crystal bought an Order of the British Empire in 1995 for his companies to the English language. he's the writer of numerous books with Cambridge, together with Language and the web (2001), Language dying (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 variation Pb (1998): 0-521-62994-2

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It is possible that senior managers who do not have English as a mother tongue, and who find themselves working for English-language companies in such parts of the world as Europe or Africa, could find themselves at a disadvantage compared with their mother-tongue colleagues, especially when meetings involve the use of informal speech. There is already anecdotal evidence to suggest that these things happen. However, if proper attention is paid to the question of language learning, the problem of disadvantage dramatically diminishes.

Oral testimony, in the form of sagas, folktales, songs, rituals, proverbs, and many other practices, provides us with a unique view of our world and a unique canon of literature. It is their legacy to the rest of humanity. Once lost, it can never be recaptured. The argument is similar to that used in relation to the conservation of species and the environment. 17 16 17 This is an average of the estimates which have been proposed. For a detailed examination of these estimates, see Crystal (2000: chapter 1).

It is worth reflecting, at this point, on the notion that children are born ready for bilingualism. Some two-thirds of the children on earth grow up in a bilingual environment, and develop competence in it. There is a naturalness with which they assimilate another language, once they are regularly exposed to it, which is the envy of adults. 10 There is however widespread agreement that, if we want to take the task of foreign language learning seriously, one of the key principles is ‘the earlier the better’.

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