Renaming English: does the world language need a new name?

Riddle, Stewart (2013) Renaming English: does the world language need a new name? The Conversation, 12 June 2013. pp. 1-2.

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English is rapidly becoming a lingua franca in international communication for commerce and trade, education, science, international relations and tourism. It is the fastest growing language in the world, with more people speaking English than ever before. School children in India and China are learning English at a staggering rate as their countries emphasise the importance of English as a ticket to participating in the global economy. For example, the rise of English in China is unprecedented, and has been likened to a mania, with school children as young as seven learning to speak English. So why then do we continue to link this evolving internationalising language with a small island in Europe that once upon a time controlled the world? Perhaps it is about time we got rid of the 'English' and start calling it something else – international, standard or common language?

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2013 01:48
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2016 01:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: english; language; globalisation; ESL
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200302 English Language
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture

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