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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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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)



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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