Geography - Hegemony of the English language
Hegemony of the English language
English is the primary language of about 25% of the world's population
and is now used as the main language of business and politics by most of
the educated world
For people living in USA, Canada, Australia, Ireland, UK, New Zealand and
other English speaking countries, it makes travel and business relatively
easy as the peoples of these countries already speak English. This is a
positive impact for English speakers, as English can be a difficult
language to learn. For the other five billion or so people who live on
earth and who do not have English as their first language it means that
they must learn a second or sometimes third language to converse in global
trade, without an interpreter, or to service the global tourist industry.
Many languages have now replaced traditional phrases by English words. The
French are so concerned about the 'pollution' of their language by English
that they have a special committee to invent replacement French words to
maintain the purity of their language. These are some of the negative
impacts of the increased global usage of English.
Positive and negative impacts of global phenomenon are not felt uniformly
across the globe. A positive impact in one region may be balanced by a
negative impact somewhere else. Regional factors such as wealth, level of
development, culture and environmental differences will all influence the
impact of a particular phenomena on a particular place.
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