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"Return to the tower of Babel, English is becoming the language of world communication, to what extent is this march towards a single world language useful or desirable."

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AS and A Level Language: Context, Genre & Frameworks

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"Return to the tower of Babel, English is becoming the language of world communication, to what extent is this march towards a single world language useful or desirable."

Palna Patel

5/9/2007

English is the mother tongue in about 40 countries, and around 1.6 billion use some form of English today. The most commonly spoken language is Chinese, but English has inarguable achieved a sort of global status, it is the language of most people communicate in, and is the main language of the Internet. However it is not likely going to become a global, single, world language since the majority of the world's population do not speak it at all. The Internet's users use it for entertainment, research, information, and education; this means that most developed countries have access to the Internet and thus speaking or understanding some form of English. The importance of this language and its worldwide spread came from the early imperialism of England. Also most of the world's powerful nations such as USA and England have this national language. These countries hold an economic and political importance in the world.

The march towards a single language could easily

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