This book explores the contemporary phenomenon of English as an international language, and sets out to analyse how and why the language has become so dominant. It looks at the spread of English historically, at the role it plays in Third World countries, and at the ideologies transmitted through the English language.
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Taking stock of a world commodity
English the dominant language
Earlier work relevant to linguistic imperialism
The colonial linguistic inheritance
British and American promotion of English
the structure and tenets of
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