ERIC Number: ED347803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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The Question of Standard in the International Use of English.
This paper presents three models on "language spread," or three ways in which human language may be spread. These models include: (1) the demographic spread, in which language spread is caused and accompanied by population spread; (2) the econocultural model, exemplified by the spread of English in the world of multinational business; and (3) the imperial model, which reflects political domination with only sufficient population movement to sustain an administrative system and power structure. It is concluded that the remarkable degree of the current spread of English in the world can be attributed to the econocultural model, and, that, for countries affected by the imperial model, it is likely that a long-term demand for English will be related equally to econocultural factors, with consequences accordingly for the standards to be observed. (JL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: Language Spread
Note: In: Tickoo, Makhan L., Ed. Languages & Standards: Issues, Attitudes, Case Studies; see FL 019 461.