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By David Northrup

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ISBN-13: 9781137303059

Whereas there were many books at the heritage of globalization so far, so much have under pressure economics and politics. Cultural globalization, of which the emergence of English because the world's first international language is a chief instance, has been relatively missed. during this publication, the 1st written concerning the globalization of the English language by means of a qualified historian, the exploration of English's international ascendancy gets its right old due. Historians have generally left the historical past of language to linguists and different language experts, and this short, obtainable quantity breaks new flooring in its association, emphasis on causation, and conclusions.

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The British also added a significant presence in sub-Saharan Africa, including some densely populated territories, such as Nigeria, today the most populous African country. For the most part British rulers had very modest ambitions and resources for spreading English, especially in contrast to American efforts in the Philippines. The chapter argues two other groups were ultimately more important than colonial governments in increasing the use of English in these overseas empires. The first were missionaries, including many from Ireland.

North America thus provides a major example of many people shifting to English as their primary language, a circumstance that would be repeated on other settler colonies but not in nonsettler colonies. Chapter 4 looks at the new overseas empires the British and Americans created by the early 1900s. The biggest empire was Britain’s and its largest colony by far was British India. The British also added a significant presence in sub-Saharan Africa, including some densely populated territories, such as Nigeria, today the most populous African country.

Even some rural people of modest standing acquired a copy. 13 The spread of printed English helped to erode Latin’s dominance. For more than a millennium, the English had regarded Latin as the superior tongue for literary expression, legal precision, and divine worship. Indeed, Renaissance humanism had rejuvenated and enhanced the use of Latin. Nevertheless, an explosion of new writing in English during the Elizabethan and Tudor-Stuart period fed the presses and expanded the vocabulary. Shakespeare alone coined hundreds of words, many of which remain in use today.

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