The Language Of English As An International Language

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Lingua franca is defined as a language that is adopted as a common language between speakers whose native languages are different (2016) Retrieved from In her book The Phonology of English as an International Language (2000), Jenkins stated that the most universally used lingua franca is English, and that there are more non-native English speakers compared to native English speakers. The English language has been on the rise internationally ever since the British colonization which strategically placed native English speakers all over the globe. However, there are talks that in a few years, Mandarin will be replacing English as the lingua franca of the world. However, English will still remain the dominant lingua franca 10 years from now because it is easier for non-native speakers to learn as a second language, used in higher education and used as an intermediate language in many countries.

One of the main reasons why English will remain the dominant lingua franca is because it will be easier for non-native speakers to pick up English as their second language. Firstly, the morphology of English is simpler compared to other languages. For example, there is no gender distinction in English as there are in Spanish or French, where the word for chair is different for male and female speakers. Another example is the usage of pitch which is absent in the English language unlike Mandarin where there are different
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