By Nicholas Ostler

ISBN-10: 0802778704

ISBN-13: 9780802778703

English is the world's lingua franca—the most generally spoken language in human background. And but, as historian and linguist Nicholas Ostler persuasively argues, English won't in basic terms be displaced because the world's language within the not-distant destiny, it will likely be the final lingua franca, no longer changed through another.

Empire, trade, and faith were the first raisons d'etre for lingua francas—Greek, Latin, Arabic have all held the position—and Ostler explores each one during the lens of civilizations spanning the globe and heritage, from China and India to Russia and Europe. 3 tendencies emerge that recommend the last word decline of English and different lingua francas. routine through the international in the direction of equality in society will downgrade the prestige of elites--and on account that elites are the best clients of non-native English, the language will steadily retreat to its native-speaking territories. The emerging wealth of Brazil, Russia, India, and China will problem the dominance of native-English-speaking nations--thereby shrinking the foreign choice for English. at the same time, new applied sciences will enable rapid translation between significant languages, enhacing the prestige of mom tongues and lessening the need for any destiny lingua franca.

Ostler predicts a smooth touchdown for English: it is going to nonetheless be extensively spoken, if now not around the world, sustained by way of America's persisted energy at the global degree. yet its decline may be either symbolic and important, proof of grand shifts within the cultural results of empire. 'The final Lingua Franca's' either an insightful exam of the trajectory of our personal mom tongue and a desirable lens during which to view the sweep of heritage.

Show description

Read Online or Download The Last Lingua Franca: English Until the Return of Babel PDF

Best linguistics books

New PDF release: Babel No More: The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary

In Babel not more, Michael Erard, “a monolingual with benefits,” units out on a quest to fulfill language superlearners and make experience in their psychological powers. at the manner he uncovers the secrets and techniques of historic figures just like the nineteenth-century Italian cardinal Joseph Mezzofanti, who used to be stated to talk seventy-two languages, in addition to these of residing language-superlearners equivalent to Alexander Arguelles, a modern day polyglot who is familiar with dozens of languages and indicates Erard the tips of the alternate to offer him a depressing glimpse into the lifetime of obsessive language acquisition.

New PDF release: Kiss My Asterisk: A Feisty Guide to Punctuation and Grammar

Grammar has eventually allow its hair down! not like uptight grammar books that crush us with each grammar rule, Kiss My Asterisk is sort of a bikini: it's enjoyable, flirty, and covers basically crucial bits. Its classes, that are 100% freed from advanced grammar jargon, were conscientiously chosen to incorporate today's most typical, obvious errors—the ones that confuse our readers or lead them to ponder whether we're, in truth, smarter than a 5th grader.

V Evans's Round-up 4: Student's Book (Round Up Grammar Practice) PDF

*Colourful packing containers and tables current language sincerely *Lively, illustrated routines and video games make perform enjoyable and potent *Pre-tests determine scholars' problems *Regular revision sections and development checks consolidate language studying *CD-ROMs supply extra grammar perform and video games *Teacher's advisor contains resolution keys and additional photocopiable try out

Roy Harris, George Wolf (Editors)'s Integrational Linguistics: A First Reader PDF

This number of readings is complementary to "Introduction to Integrational Linguistics (Language & conversation Library, Vol. 17)", yet can be utilized independently. It brings jointly for the 1st time 24 key papers in integrational linguistics, and is meant to function a simple examining checklist for college kids and others making the 1st acquaintance with the topic.

Additional info for The Last Lingua Franca: English Until the Return of Babel

Example text

The Structure of Creole Words: Segmental, Syllabic and Morphological Aspects. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag. Bickerton, D. 1990. Language and Species. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Bollée, A. 2003. Redupliation in Seychelles Creole. In Kouwenberg, S. ). Twice as Meaningful: Reduplication in Pidgins, Creoles, and Other Contact Languages. ] London: Battlebridge. 219–225. Booij, G. 2004. Inflection and derivation. , C. Lehmann, J. Mugdan, W. Kesselheim & S. Skopeteas (eds). Morphologie/ Morphology.

Se piisang s-ara-makang. 1sg banana 1sg-prog-eat The presence of languages such as (Mandarin) Chinese, Yoruba, etc. give us enough proof that old E-languages do not have to possess inflectional (affixational) morphology. However, we still need to answer the question of whether the possession of inflectional morphology implies that a language is old. Gil (2001) shows that Riau Indonesian, while old (from a social perspective) does not make use of inflectional morphology, and Ansaldo and Nordhoff (forthcoming) question the correlation between age and the presence of inflectional morphology.

Defining Creole. New York: Oxford University Press. Muysken, P. 2004. Pidginization, creolization, and language death. In Booij, G. & C. Lehmann, J. Mugdan, S. Skopeteas & W. Kesselheim (eds). Morphologie/ Morphology. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. 1653–1661. Parkvall, M. 2003. Reduplication in the Atlantic Creoles. In Kouwenberg, S. ). Twice as Meaningful: Reduplication in Pidgins, Creoles, and Other Contact Languages. ] London: Battlebridge. 19–36. Plag, I. ). 2003. Phonology and Morphology of Creole Languages.

Download PDF sample

The Last Lingua Franca: English Until the Return of Babel by Nicholas Ostler

by Michael

Rated 4.16 of 5 – based on 37 votes