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What Does 2 billion English as a Second Language Mean for the Future of the Language

May 29, 2008

Christian Rolling, Mark Liberman, Henry Hitchings, and John Hayden all share thoughts on how globalization will affect English (or effect ‘glocal’ dialects of English) over at the Freakonomics blog. As Mark Liberman of Language Log (and the University of Pennsylvania) notes:

The obvious things to say about this are, well, obvious. But not everything that’s obvious is entirely true, and there are some surprises behind the “duh”s.

A point that makes all the commentary and some of the comments worth checking out.

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