Language is Human, Human is Language: Global English and the Loss of Languages and Cultures of the Weak Nations

Cao Ting-jun, Michael Singh, Jinghe Han

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Abstract

Language is the symbol of humanity while humankind is the vehicle of language. This article illustrates the state of global English and how it merges, "engulfs", "gorges" and finally replaces the languages of Aboriginal minority tribes, and thus their cultural knowledge. In doing so, it analyses why the English Language has been spreading so fast and so widely. The loss of the languages and the cultural knowledge of minorities, indigenous and immigrant communities are considered in this context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-8
Number of pages6
JournalForeign Languages Research
Volume136
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2007

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