English as a Global Language

Nicholas Ostler analyzes the role of the numerous languages that have served as a lingua franca at various times throughout history, and argues that the global role of English in the contemporary world is evanescent. The Economist, in English As She Was Spoke, reviews Ostler’s The Last Lingua Franca: English Until the Return of Babel.

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