English: The Role Of The English Language

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1. Role of English language The English language originated in England and is now widely spoken on six continents. It is the primary language of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and various small island nations in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. It is also an official language of India, the Philippines, Singapore, and many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa. In 2009, English functions as a global lingua franca, i.e., it is the means of communication between speakers who have different first languages in various settings around the world (Berns, 2007:5). The growth of English language depends on several factors such as the role of the U.S. in the ending of World War I and World War II, and powerful country standing. The influence of American music and social media on Europe has made English language a part of secondary education in Europe. For instance, globalisation has resulted in greater competition between languages, on both a regional and a worldwide scale, with both winners and losers. (Maurais and Moriss, 2003; 1-3). According to sociolinguistics and linguists worldwide spread of English language has been rapid and extraordinary. The age of the English language is reflected not only through the television, social media, but it is also dominant language of the Internet. According to the UNESCO reports about half of the homepages of the most visited websites on the Internet are in English.
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