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ling asia 122 english as a world language 1

Ling/Asia 122: English as a World Language - 1

What is a global or world language?

Why English?


What is a ‘global language’?

  • What are some global languages?
  • Why are they considered global languages?
why a global language
Why a Global Language?
  • Number of people who speak it?
  • Aesthetic qualities of ‘beauty, clarity of expression’?
  • Literary tradition and power?
  • Religious standing?
  • Ease of learning?


  • Political
  • Military
  • Economic
  • Technological
global languages and power
Global Languages and Power
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • French
  • English
  • Chinese?
the dangers of a global language
The Dangers of a Global Language
  • Linguistic power – Will those who speak a global language as a mother tongue automatically be in a position of power compared to those who have to learn it as a second or foreign language?
  • Linguistic complacency – Will a global language eliminate the motivation for adults to learn other languages? (“I’m not good at languages.”)
  • Language death – Will the emergence of a global language hasten the disappearance of minority languages and cause widespread language death? “80% of the world’s 6,000 or so living languages will die out within the next century.”
the story of english
The Story of English
  • In what domains had English become a world language by 1986? Has anything changes in the last 27 years?
  • How did Public School English (Received Standard) come to be? What kinds of attitudes do some people have toward it? Do similar attitudes exist in the U.S. toward other varieties? Other languages?
  • Why was English maintained as an official language in India after independence? In what domains is it used? Do you know of other areas of the world where English is an official language for the same reason?
  • Why did Creole English establish itself in Africa? What is the role of English in Africa? Are there situations that you are familiar with in which one variety is used for interpersonal communication and another is taught in school?
  • When did American English (AE) begin to become influential in the world? What are some varieties of AE mentioned in the film that have influenced world English? Can you think of other examples?
  • Because the movie was made in 1986, there are a number of references and images that today seem out of date, for example, the Soviet Union, Pan Am, the World Trade Center, the Super Sonic Transport (SST), the use of typewriters, the mention of old slang and the individual currencies of the countries of Europe. Did you notice any others?
reflective response paper
Reflective Response Paper

In these assignments, you will write the responses after viewing videos, followed by class discussions. You papers should include each of the following levels of response:

  • Descriptive – After viewing the video, prepare a detailed summary of the highlights of the video.
  • Personal/Interpretive – What new insights did you acquire as a result of the content of the video? How did you feel viewing the video? Was it easy? Difficult? Fun? Frustrating?
  • Critical/Analytical – What evidence in the video seemed to support or dispute concepts or knowledge that you already have?
  • Creative/Application – What insights did you gain which may be applied to your interactions with your fellow students, in your future work environment, and/or as a citizen of the world?

Total: 5% of final grade: See the grading criteria on the course web site.

course overview
Course Overview
  • Introduction: English as a world language
  • The history of English
  • Your personal linguistic heritage & journey
  • Standard languages, dialects, accents
  • Language and culture
  • Language and politeness
  • Language and intelligibility
  • Native & non-native varieties: sounds, words, sentences
  • Conversational interaction
  • Bilingualism & code switching
  • Pidgins & creoles
  • Language & gender
the history of english
The History of English
  • Abridged version
  • Extended version

(Based on David Crystal, English as a Global Language, Chapter 2)

origins old english
Origins – Old English
  • 5th c. CE – Old English arrives in England from Northern Europe, displaces Celtic languages of Wales, Cornwall, Cumbria, Scotland
  • Germanic
  • Beowulf
    • Epic poem, authorship unknown, written in Old English in England circa 8th-11th c. C.E., set in Scandinavia
  • The Lord’s Prayer
    • Written in the 11th c. C.E.
origins middle english
Origins – Middle English
  • 1066 C.E. - Norman Invasion
  • Middle English – 1066-1470
  • Considerable borrowing from French
  • Nobles from England fled north to Scotland
  • 12th c. Anglo-Norman knights sent to Ireland
  • 1380s-1400 – Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
  • 1420s-30s – Chancery Standard
  • 1470 – Printing press brought to England

Here begins the Book of the Tales of Canterbury / When April with his showers sweet with fruit / The drought of March has pierced unto the rootAnd bathed each vein with liquor that has power / To generate therein and sire the flower; / When Zephyr also has, with his sweet breath, / Quickened again, in every holt and heath, / The tender shoots and buds, and the young sun / Into the Ram one half his course has run, / And many little birds make melody / That sleep through all the night with open eye / (So Nature pricks them on to ramp and rage)- / Then do folk long to go on pilgrimage, / And palmers to go seeking out strange strands, / To distant shrines well known in sundry lands. / And specially from every shire\'s end / Of England they to Canterbury wend, / The holy blessed martyr there to seek / Who helped them when they lay so ill and weak / Befell that, in that season, on a dayIn Southwark, at the Tabard, as I lay / Ready to start upon my pilgrimageTo Canterbury, full of devout homage, / There came at nightfall to that hostelry / Some nine and twenty in a company / Of sundry persons who had chanced to fall / In fellowship, and pilgrims were they all / That toward Canterbury town would ride. / The rooms and stables spacious were and wide, / And well we there were eased, and of the best. / And briefly, when the sun had gone to rest, / So had I spoken with them, every one, / That I was of their fellowship anon, / And made agreement that we\'d early riseTo take the road, as you I will apprise. / But none the less, whilst I have time and space, / Before yet farther in this tale I pace, / It seems to me accordant with reason / To inform you of the state of every one / Of all of these, as it appeared to me, / And who they were, and what was their degree, / And even how arrayed there at the inn; / And with a knight thus will I first begin. /

origins modern english
Origins – Modern English
  • 16th-17th c. C.E. – Early Modern English
  • Great English Vowel Shift
  • Shakespeare & King James Bible
  • Shakespeare’s Sonnet No. 18 (published 1609)
the first diaspora the u s
The First Diaspora – The U.S.

17th c. – the first settlements

  • 1607 – Jamestown (VA) settlement
  • 1620 – Plymouth (MA) settlement

18th c. – immigration from northern Ireland, but also

  • Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Africa

19th c.- massive increase in immigration

  • Irish (famine of 1840)
  • Germans, Italians (failed 1848 revolutions)
  • Central European Jews (1880 Pogroms)

2000 – Over 80% of Americans speak only English at home

the first diaspora canada
The First Diaspora - Canada

1497 – John Cabot to Newfoundland

1520 – J. Cartier to Nova Scotia, Quebec

18th c. – French defeated

  • Queen Anne’s War (1702-13)
  • French & Indian war (1754-63)
  • 1750s – French expelled from Nova Scotia
    • Louisiana – Cajun Creole, Cajun food

1776 – U.S. Independence

  • British loyalists flee to Canada

21st c. – French a co-official language

the first diaspora caribbean
The First Diaspora - Caribbean

1517 – Spanish bring first African slaves to the West Indies

17th c. – start of the ‘Atlantic triangle’ of slave trade

  • 1619 – first 20 slaves brought to Virginia
  • 1776 – half million slaves in N.A.
  • 1865 – 4 million slaves in N.A.

Rise of pidgins

  • Gave rise to creole English, but also
  • Creole French, Spanish, Portuguese
the first diaspora
The First Diaspora –


  • 1770 – James Cook to Australia
  • By 1838 – 130,000 prisoners sent to Australia
  • By 1850 – 400,000 ‘free’ settlers in Australia
  • 2002 – Australian population at 19 million

New Zealand

  • 1769-70 – Cook explores N.Z.
  • 1840 – Official colony established in N.Z.
  • 2002 – N.Z. population at 3.8 million

South Africa

  • 1652 – Dutch colonists to South Africa
  • 1820 – First British settlement
  • 1822 – English made the official language
  • 1993 – English, Afrikaans, 9 indigenous languages are ‘official’
        • English spoken by less that 10% of pop.
          • Afrikaans seen as language of repression
the first diaspora south africa
The First Diaspora – South Africa
  • 1652 – Dutch colonists to South Africa
  • 1820 – First British settlement
  • 1822 – English made the official language
  • 1993 – English, Afrikaans, 9 indigenous languages named as ‘official’
  • English spoken by less that 10% of pop.
  • Afrikaans seen as language of repression
the second diaspora south asia
The Second Diaspora – South Asia
  • India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan
  • 1612 – First trading station at Surat, India
  • 1765-1947 – the Raj (period of British sovereignty)
    • 1835 – English education system in India
    • 1857 – Universities of Bombay, Calcutta, Madras
  • 1960s – ‘Three language’ formula
    • English an ‘associate’ official language
  • 21st c. – 200 million speakers of English(?)
  • Pakistan – English an ‘associate’ official language
the second diaspora africa
The Second Diaspora – Africa
  • 18th c. – only Dutch had a permanent settlement in Africa
  • By 1914, Britain, France, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Belgium had colonized almost all of Africa.
  • After WWII – realignment of colonial powers in Africa
  • 1960s – most gain independence
  • West vs. East Africa
the second diaspora west africa
The Second Diaspora – West Africa

The rise of English-based creoles - Krio

  • Sierra Leone
  • Ghana (formerly Gold Coast)
  • Gambia
  • Nigeria
  • Cameroon
  • Liberia
    • Founded in 1822 as homeland of former slaves
    • Republic since 1847
the second diaspora east africa
The Second Diaspora – East Africa
  • From 1880s – European powers vie for influence/ colonies in East Africa
  • English as a Language of International Communication in
    • Botswana
    • Kenya
    • Lesotho
    • Malawi
    • Namibia
    • Tanzania (formerly Zanzibar & Tanganyika)
    • Uganda
    • Zambia (formerly Northern Rhodesia)
    • Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia)
the second diaspora seasia the south pacific
The Second Diaspora – SEAsia & the South Pacific
  • Spanish-American War
    • Guam, Northern Marianas, (Puerto Rico)
    • The Philippines
  • Hawai’i
  • 1940s- Trust Territories of the Pacific
    • Palau, the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia
  • Malay Peninsula
    • Malaysia, Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Other Pacific former colonies
    • Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, The Solomon Islands
    • American Samoa
english a world view
English – A World View
  • World status of English is due to:
    • Expansion of British colonial power, beginning in the 17th century and peaking at the end of the 19th century
    • Emergence of U.S. as leading economic & military power in the late 20th century
  • The spread of English as three concentric circles
    • Inner circle
    • Outer / extended circle
    • Expanding circle