Globalization Of The English Language

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Globalization of the English Language It is everywhere. About 380 million speak it as their first language and perhaps two-thirds as many as their second. A billion are learning it, a third of the world’s population are in some sense exposed to it and by 2050, it is predicted, half the world will be more or less proficient at it. It is the language of globalization - English. Though defining globalization is a contested and divisive issue, according to the “Arab World English Journal,” “Globalization can create a world without boundaries in which people of this world can communicate with each other, interact and share their cultures, economies, and generally their lives via development in the fields of information technologies, communications, and transportations” (Alfehaid 104). Cultures have mixed and economies have become interdependent. Berube’s article, “From Mapping the Bilingual Brain,” exposed the connection between higher IQ levels and knowing more than one language; this investigation ignited a spark of curiosity, one which allowed me to observe the decrease in the memorization of foreign/native languages and the increase and dependence on English in the global community today. This overall aided in developing an extensive research question: In what ways has the globalization of the English language worldwide impacted society? Through exploratory research, the views of English language globalization is widely debatable; although a majority of linguists and
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