Rethinking “Who owns English today” – PART I

by Antônio Neto

Commonly, English grammar books promote the insistent idea about English as a international language ignoring it as a standard language, which imposes a peculiar variant to world people. According to a research of 2005, contained at Face-to-Face books, the number of non-native speakers of English outnumbers the number of these native speakers by three to one, a fact that never before been around the world. Researcher project about half of world´s population will speak English in 2015. But, why many people want to speak this language?

Who´s looking for a good job must to speak English. Its the language of technology and

this is one of causes for multinational companies using English at work. Companies, as

Toyota, use English in all of work activities whereas others, like Samsung, have special
contexts such as a email policy.There are new ways to speak English today. For example, the Immersion Schools forming English villages in countries which it does’nt speak, like South Korea. These new speakers are changing this world language. So, researchers says “no one owns English now”, because there are a full contact with other different languages, like Hindi and
Spanish and know what happens in the contemporary English is a shoulder of English linguists.
But, why we must trust in this traditional argues? Why its related to the insistent ideia referred above?

Some related links:

Debate uploaded on Youtube, which Robert Phillipson and Robert Mccrum introduce our theories about impacts of English as a global language…

…and the links of our books, freed up by Amazon:


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