Who Owns Global English? By Dennis Baron

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In Dennis Baron’s article, “Who Owns Global English?”, the author addresses the way English is being adapted around the world as well as why some countries wish to put a stop to it. This is centrally focused around a campaign for Spanish-English schools in Madrid hosting the slogan “yes, we want.” All languages change as the number of speakers grows; the English language is no different. Baron provides several examples of this growth from “Engrish” to slogans such as the one used in Madrid (36). Most notably however the author talks about the different kinds of English already in existence. This came into play when the daughter of the author was docked points for translating a French term to “phone number” instead of “number phone” (Baron
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