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Current Trends in the Development of the English Language. Globalization of English. English is becoming the global language of commerce, science, engineering, entertainment and the internet. Vastness of English Vocabulary. English vocabulary is larger than most languages

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Current trends in the development of the english language

Current Trends in the Development of the English Language


Globalization of english

Globalization of English

  • English is becoming the global language of commerce, science, engineering, entertainment and the internet


Vastness of english vocabulary

Vastness of English Vocabulary

  • English vocabulary is larger than most languages

  • Words are multiplying:

    • Coined words, language of science and the internet

  • Usually at least 3 words for any idea:

    Eg. Human habitation: city, town, metropolis, village


English language changes with great speed

English language changes with great speed

  • English has 1 000 000 words

  • Spanish 250 000 words

  • German 185 000

  • French 100 000

  • Source: A Million Words and Counting (145)


Sources of english words

Sources of English words:

  • The Bible contains about 20 000 different words

  • Shakespeare’s works use 24 000 different words; he invented 1 700 of them


Sources of new words

Sources of New Words

  • Science and technology (eg. The internet: bandwidth, cookies, megapixels)

  • Brand Names: eg. iPod, Xbox

  • Domain names: over 75 000 domain names exist and creep into your language (eg. Youtube)

  • Media and the Entertainment industry:

    • “Oh snap!” (from Freaky Friday)


Political and social trends

Political and Social Trends:

  • “Herstory”: tries to remove the male element from “history”

  • “Menaissance”: the rise of a “manliness” culture or male renaissance

  • Waitron: a waiter or waitress


The influence of foreign speakers

The Influence of Foreign Speakers:

  • “No noising”—Quiet, pleas (Chinglish)

  • “Drinktea”—coffee break (Chinglish)

  • “Marqueta”—grocery store (Spanglish)


Text messages and electronic language

Text Messages and Electronic Language:

  • The emoticon


How a word becomes part of the language

How a word becomes Part of the Language:

  • Usage sometimes determines acceptance

  • Dictionaries are, by their nature, descriptive rather than prescriptive

  • e.g. “ginormous”


What experts predict for the futures of the english language

What Experts Predict for the Futures of the English Language:

  • 1. English will evolve into various “lishes” (eg. Chinglish, Hinglish, Spanglish, etc.)—English will be spoken by billions of people

  • 2. An internationally standardized form of English becomes accepted, and assists globalization


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