English as Global Language – causes and aftermath
Because English is so widely spoken, it has often been referred to as a "world language", the lingua franca of the modern era, and while it is not an official language in most countries, it is currently the language most often taught as a foreign language. Some linguists believe that it is no longer the exclusive cultural property of "native English speakers", but is rather a language that is absorbing aspects of cultures worldwide as it continues to grow. It is, by international treaty, the official language for aerial and maritime communications. English is an official language of the United Nations and many other international organizations, including the International Olympic Committee.
The incredible spread of English as a global language is one of the most significant linguistic phenomena of our time. I'll try to research important topics of the structure and use of non-native varieties of the language, factors caused such a spread of English and possible variants of further development of English as the language of global communication.
The phenomenon of one language spread in relation to others goes back in human history as the existence of a multiplicity of languages. It is documented as far back as written records go (e.g. Akkadian replaced Sumerian). Also it is a familiar phenomenon for one language to serve as lingua franca or language of special functions (religious, commercial) over a large area of many languages. At various periods and in different parts of the world Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, Arabic, and French are examples of that. But there has never before been a single language which spread for such purposes over most of the world, as English has done in this century. The importance of this fact is often overlooked in discussions of the characteristic of this age. The spread of English is as significant in its way as is the modern use of...