Globalization's Impact On Language: Hegemony And Globalization
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Effects of Globalization on Language: Hegemony and Homogeny
Society is recognized by its traditions and practices. Culture serves as its thumb mark and language becomes the reflection of its culture. In other words, our own language connects us with each other yet draws a line from those who are different from us. To symbolize, language is both a bridge and a wall.
Globalization enables us to reach out to the world to share ourselves and to know one another. With the recent development on technology and industrialization, globalization becomes an arising trend allowing us to create a borderless world in which the goal to be united becomes possible. However, such unity deprives us of our own identity.
The arising of globalization is evident on its effect on culture and language. One can see people’s inclination to a specific trend thereby adopting it as one of their own. This becomes dominant in time, overshadowing the society’s original practice. Such is another form of neocolonialism called hegemony—the domination of one social group (and its language) over another. The dominant language becomes a ssstandard of class and elitism, and preference to it gives a blind assurance to grow economically. In the Philippines, English is the hegemon overpowering even the national language. English, for many Filipinos, is more of a standard of identifying the intellectuals and the rich, rather than a tool for communication. It’s a blind belief as Philippines still belongs to the