Being Frank

Happy New Year to you all! Good to be back (I think?). The Economist, as always, provided some good reading over the holidays including a review of Nicholas Ostler’s new book “The Last Lingua Franca: English until the Return of Babel”. Haven’t read the book but from the review it sounds fascinating. The main argument seems to be that while English is indeed spoken around the world of the 1 billion people who speak it only 330 million use English as a first language and what is more this number is not growing or spreading. On the basis of nationalistic pressures and the promises technology may bring in the not too distant future the author argues that English may be the last language to be spoken so widely. Food for thought … hopefully I will have retired before EFL dies.

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2 Responses to Being Frank

  1. Brian Barker says:

    I’m surprised there is not more mention of Esperanto as a modern lingua franca.

    The language study course is now receiving 120,000 hits per month. That can’t be bad 🙂

  2. Enda says:

    Interesting, thank you for that Brian

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