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
WOODVALE SECONDARY COLLEGE
Year 11 English Course: Assessment Overview
2A: Language and Action
2B: Language and the World
This year you will be required to complete the two, 16 week long semesterised units listed above.
Your assessment is based on your class and homework (70%) and your exam (30%). Assignments cover all areas of the syllabus – fiction and non-fiction, non-print media, oral language – but the areas of assessment are weighted as you can see by the table below.
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…
15 December 2013
Global Language: English as a Lingua Franca
“Because of the three-pronged development – of first language, second-language, and foreign language speakers – it is inevitable that a global language will eventually come to be used by more people than any other language. English has already reached this stage” (Crystal 6). Has English reached the whole world and have the capacity to become the principal global language or lingua franca as Crystal…
Zengyang “Mickey” Mi
The Origin of Cultural Power: Language
At the begging of the English language, it was forced to stay undergrounded for almost three hundred years. The original English can be traced back all the way to Germanic language. Some tribal people from Netherlands moved beyond to where they were living to seek a better life, bring the language of original English with them. Before Germanic culture came to us, about five hundreds years ago, the Romance culture had been there…
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…
October 1, 2012
Language has the ability to define history. English in particular has proven this true, spanning time, space, and culture. My ancestral language is British English, a language native to the United Kingdom. It is of my opinion that without English, the world would be a much less cultured, advanced, and civilized place to live. Language is part of what makes us human, and will continue to grow and evolve as we ourselves do.
British English is a language that has continued to thrive…
There are about 7,000 languages in the world. Today much language of the world is almost dying out. “More than half are expected to die within the next century---. It’s estimated that two languages die out every month” (David Crystal, par.1). Do you know that language is dying out every day? Have you or any of your friends spoken any other language other than English that is close to extinction? If you have what do you do to solve this problem? I have experienced that many tribes in my country have…
The Influence of the Modern Period on the English Language
Over 1500 years, the English language has developed to be the most widespread form of sharing thoughts. With the invention of the printing press, to printing the Bible, to world renowned, writer, William Shakespeare, all happening during the modern period of time, it has greatly changed the most spoken language in the world. The Modern English period had the most influence on the English language.
In 1440, Johannes Gutenberg of Germany…
Deeply analyze visual texts by observing a variety of techniques such as metaphors and similes. Build up your knowledge to advanced techniques or more techniques such as contrast and salience.
Modern English, sometimes described as the first global lingua franca, is the dominant language or in some instances even the required international language of communications, science, information technology, business, seafaring, aviation, entertainment, radio, and diplomacy. Its spread beyond…
The World is shrinking every day, cultures and peoples are moving closer together whether they like it or not. Around the world many countries and cultures have different and diverse languages and these languages are often times barriers between the peoples. Language is an opportunity to better connect with foreign citizens and to develop skills in your own native tongue. However in the United States there is no official language even though English is used in all legal documents and in most everyday…