Evolution of the language

IB English A: Language & Literature: Evolution of the language

Where has the English language come from and where is it going? English has traveled all over the world on the back of British Imperialism and on the airwaves of MTV. Subsequently there are various Englishes, creoles and threatened languages. From Geoffrey Chaucer to Bob Marley, the English language has a rich history all around the world. For this topic we explore different Englishes, asking ourselves: "What...

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sebastian wierny 26 June 2017 - 15:35


I am interested in the topic of the impact of LFE (English as a Lingua Franca) / global english ("globish") and its impact on spoken and written by native speakers. Basically, the debate on whether the English spoken around the world by non-native speakers is "ruining" / "impoverishing" native English or not. I wasn't able to find any articles or books on the subject. Could you by any chance recommend any readings on this topic?



David McIntyre 3 July 2017 - 19:01

Hi Sebastian,

Apologies for a delayed response. I am currently on holiday and have limited access to Internet.

Here are a few suggestions (I hope helpful):

amazon.com +as+a+global+language


amazon.com +imperialism

I hope this gets you started. The bibliographies in these books should point you further.

Kind regards,


sebastian wierny 10 July 2017 - 09:46

Thanks a lot David!


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