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ERIC Number: ED480564
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 227
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ISBN: ISBN-0-521-82347-1
English as a Global Language. Second Edition.
Crystal, David
This book presents an account of the rise of English as a global language and explores the history, current status, and future potential of English as the international language of communication. Five chapters focus on the following: (1) "Why a Global Language?" (e.g., what a global language is, what makes a language global, and why a global language is needed); (2) "Why English? The Historical Account" (origins, America, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South Asia, former colonial Africa, Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, and a world view); (3) "Why English? The Cultural Foundation" (e.g., political developments and access to knowledge); (4) "Why English? The Cultural Legacy (e.g., international relations, the media, international travel and safety, education, and communications); and (5) "The Future of Global English" (e.g., the rejection of English, contrasting attitudes, new Englishes, the future of English as a world language, and an English family of languages). (Contains approximately 200 references.) (SM)
Cambridge University Press, 40 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011-4211 (hardbound: ISBN-0-521-82347-1, $45; paperbound: ISBN-0-521-53032-6, $15). Tel: 212-924-3900, ext. 310; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Books; Books; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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