Posts Tagged ‘Globalization’


Isolated Brazilian Tribe Photographed

May 30, 2008

I linked yesterday to a conversation at the New York Times about what changes to English we can expect to see as a result of the homogenizing effects of globalization. Without advocating for or against what is likely to be the inevitable march toward one global economic community, it’s important to remember that it’s not just English, English-speakers, or America that stands to gain or lose (or be lost) through the process as this story from the BBC news makes us vividly aware.

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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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