McCrum, R. (2010). Globish. Canada: Doubleday Canada. Robert McCrum's Globish is a book that traces the history of the English language and the people who spoke it, stretching back to the Roman and Germanic invasions of the British Isles. McCrum connects this lively history with the place of the English language today, as a global language intertwined with the spread of capitalism and Anglo-power. McCrum succeeds as a story-teller, bringing to life the characters and pivots points of history. As such, this book is more interested in telling the story of the English language than it is making an original contribution to our understanding of exactly how the English language and the political, social, and economic package that came with it are related, and how they are and have shaped the world. Thus, its importance is as an engaging and accessible introduction to the history of the English language. Ostler, N. (2005). Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World. USA: Harpercollins Publishers. In Empires of the World, Nicolas Ostler approaches a history of the world from a unique and fascinating perspective, language. He adopts this perspective for good reason, believing language to be the essence of community, and therefore providing a relatively stable unit of analysis necessary for comparative world history. He also supports this approach with substantial and impressive evidence
gathered from a wide variety of sources, primary and secondary. In short, Empires of…
the world was meaningless and pointless at times. I grew up as a distraught adolescent who was always troubled in life. Not appreciating what was out there; I only cared about myself and didn’t care about the people around me. The biggest problem for me in life was that I had a communication disability. Ever since then society was a difficult and rough pathway for me to endure.
At school I was familiarise and overwhelmed at the same time by the amount of kids who could actually speak English properly…
technology, English dominates the world as no language ever has, and some linguists are now saying it may never be dethroned as the king of languages.
Others see pitfalls, but the factors they cite only underscore the grip English has on the world: cataclysms like nuclear war or climate change or the eventual perfection of a translation machine that would make a common language unnecessary.
Some insist that linguistic evolution will continue to take its course over the centuries and that English could…
important than language when trying to communicate in English around the world? 1200 words
Given the fact that language is dynamic and is constantly evolving, it requires us to learn the cultural context and register of every new piece of vocabulary. This is the reason why the relationship between language and culture is central to the learning process of a second language, since it is language in its cultural context that creates meaning. In particular, over the years, English has been gaining…
History of The English Language
Over the course of time, the english language has been molded and shaped by many
different factors. From 55 BC when Julius Caesar invaded Britain, to our time era now, countless
events have lead to the influence of the modern english dialect. Three time periods are
commonly referred to as the major impactors of the language. The first being Old English from
4501100, the second being Middle English from 11001450 and finally the last referred to as
Modern English dating from 1450 to present day…
Judging from personal experience I would have to agree that English being the Native Language of the United States, should be something to strive for. Especially those who want to make a home and progress in this country. Not only is our constitution based upon the English Language, it also emphasized the fact that an individual should know English if he/she wishes to become a citizen. I believe that language disputes are all over the world, and there needs to be a change in order for us to become…
strategies to improve the English speaking proficiency in a non-English speaking student or English language learner (ELL). Learning a new language is like an infant learning to talk, but for academic and social reasons, ELLs must learn the pronunciations, meaning and comprehension of words/vocabulary that are introduced to them in the classroom and social settings, in order to be successful academically and socially. Based on reading the assigned reading material, figurative language is like another foreign…
3 July 2014
English Language Learner
Growing up, I’ve been around Spanish speakers only. Therefore, my first
language was Spanish. I was the first born in my family and the first to learn to speak
the English language. Learning English was not a piece of cake because I only knew
the basics of the grammar. At home I had no help whatsoever in my school work. Also,
at home I had nobody to correct me if I spoke it wrong. Although my parents didn’t
speak English, they always motivated me to give it my all to master the English…
Ethnic Identity in Spanish Speaking Countries
In most societies around the world language and ethnicity go hand in hand. Language plays a big role in forming ethnic identity. This is most definitely true with ethnic identities in Spanish speaking countries. Language is used to distinguish local peoples from larger communities, nationalities between Spanish speaking countries, and between age groups and classes.
In Spain the majority of the…
English as the Official Language
More than 82% of people in the United States understand and fluently speak the English language, but it is still argued today by some that English should not be the official language of America. This everlasting argument has been ongoing for years and allows people to express their own opinions. The majority vote of this topic is that English should indeed be the official language of the United States. Proceeding to claim this language would be beneficial to the…