“English: A Global Language?” By Jeff Leiper Brittany Sherbert Introduction • • • • • Facts Origins Story Use Causes David Crystal. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language. 1987. Facts about English • • • • English is present on every continent It is used officially in over 60 countries It is prominent in over 20 more countries 80% of electronically-stored information is done so in English • Over 80 million study English at the secondary level (not including China) • The first computers were American Origins of English • English is derived from the language of Angles, Saxons, and Jutes • English is an “increasingly classless” language • It can no longer be thought of as a national language Story in Real-Life father - Was - your - angry? • This question was asked of three students: Keiko (20; Japan), Dorothee (17; France), and Jung (23; Korea). They are studying English in a beginner-to-intermediate class at Living Languages Institute in Ottawa, Canada. Their reason for studying English—to get a job. However, it is not a necessity; studying English will help to further their endeavors. English in Use • Much of the internet is written in English • Third-party mediums between countries are in English • Many top superstars, in entertainment or sports, speak Enlgish (i.e. Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie, Paul McCartney, Michael Jordan) Jenny Cheshire. English Around the World: Sociolinguistic Perspectives. 1991. Causes—Globalization “It is important that amid this understandable interest and enthusiasm we do not overlook the more undesirable consequences of the development of English as a world language. ... From a social and political point of view, the spread of English around the world was largely the result of exploitation and colonisation, and in many multilingual countries English is still the language of an exclusive elite.” Questions?