Some writers (egphillpson, skuttnab-kangeas) claim that with the world-wide spread and the establishment of dominant status, english is regarded as a 'killer language', (skuttnab-kangeas 1996:33), which endangers other languages and disrupts language ecology. Despite more than 500 years of uninterrupted political control and cultural pressure from their english neighbors (including an extended period when the british empire was the world's dominant power), the welsh have kept their language alive. The only language which is spoken by more people as a second language than a first language and as observed by crystal (2003) non native speakers of english outnumber native speakers by a ratio of 3 to 1. English has become the dominant language of science, with an estimated 80 percent to 90 percent of papers in scientific journals written in english, notes scott montgomery in a separate paper in.
Despite this linguistic diversity, european students study one foreign language far more than any other: english roughly three-quarters (77%) of primary school students in the eu learn english as a foreign language, according to data from eurostat. Ignorance on the part of first-language english speakers doesnt help bill bryson recounts a story (apparently true) about american educators being concerned that fewer students, each year, were taking foreign language courses, or bothering to learn a second language. Statistics about internet usage show much faster growth in countries where english is not the dominant language has been in 1996, more than 80 percent of internet users were native english speakers.
Since then, every so often there is a debate in the academic community, the media and in politics on the increasing dominance of english in dutch higher education, its commercial motives, its lack of quality, and the fear of loss of dutch language and culture as a result. Are we losing knowledge because of the growing dominance of english as the language of higher education and research attend any international academic conference and the discussion is likely to. English is the primary language spoken in english because the british parliament changed the language from french to english in 1362 in an effort to understand the diffusion of language, the peace hypothesis.
School leaders and teachers engage in a lively conversation about race, class, gender, sexual orientation, immigration, and other dimensions of diversity and social dominance. One reason english is the dominant language of business and of the internet is that it is the native language in over more than 60 nations, and increasingly the official secondary language elsewhere. The language rights books survey a wide range of disciplinary approaches to language rights these can provide a scholarly and legally informed basis for promoting grater linguistic justice worldwide.
It has consolidated its dominance as the language of the internet, where 80 percent of the world's electronically stored information is in english, according to david graddol, a linguist and. Language is the main component of early literacy development, but including children from different languages and cultures involves more than just teaching them the alphabet. Whereas english lags behind in the number of native speakers, it is by far the world's most commonly studied language overall, more people learn english than french, spanish, italian, japanese. Of these, almost 64,800 people reported speaking an indigenous language other than english, the most common languages spoken today are chinese, arabic, vietnamese. Minority ethnic english english as a global language for more than half a century, immigrants from the indian subcontinent and the west indies have added variety and diversity to the rich patchwork of accents and dialects spoken in the uk.
English language and cultural homogenization and others in the diversity of cultural background and within one's own cultural milieu the dominance of the. One might also argue that just as science becomes the only way of knowing in a dominant western knowledge system, english is the only means of speaking/thinking/being in a reductionist us language system in other words, advocates of an english-centric culture have their own bias or worldview that sees the way they think/speak/act as the norm. The language of diversity is an evolving one that requires awareness, understanding and skill much in the same way as other areas of diversity competencies language provides a means for communication among and between individuals and groups language serves as a vehicle for expressing thoughts and. - 'gender similarities hypothesis' - more similarities than differences between male and female language - she found a negligible difference in most areas of communication between genders - when there are differences, it is due to age, class , ethnicity, education, occupation, sexuality, politics etc.
English was preceded by latin as the world's dominant language, which was put in place by the roman empire and perpetuated by education and religion but the days of latin were cut short by the rise of the british and american empires described above. Linguistic imperialism, or language imperialism, is defined as the transfer of a dominant language to other people this language transfer comes about because of imperialism the transfer is considered to be a demonstration of power —traditionally, military power but also, in the modern world, economic power —and aspects of the. English is the dominant inter-language of the world and it is used and spoken by vastly more people than those who have it as their first or family language.
As one would expect during an age of mass immigration, the percentage speaking only english at home has steadily fallen in recent decades, declining from 891% in 1980 to 797% in 2010, while the share speaking a language other than english correspondingly rose from 11% to 203. The global dominance of the english language in higher education is not a new subject there has been extensive research into its effects on recruitment (both of staff and students), teaching and. Ronald reagan once said that the nine most terrifying words in the english language are, 'i'm from the government and i'm here to help' today they are run a close second by 12 words.