sábado, 5 de maio de 2007

The importance of the English Language

English is the world's most important language. Even at a time when such a statement is taken as long standing truism, it is perhaps worthwhile to glance briefly at the basis on which it is made. There are, after all, thousands of different languages in the world, and it is in the nature of languages that each one seems uniquely important to those who speak it as their native language - that is, their first (normally sole) tongue: the language they acquired on their mother's knee. But there are more objective standards of relative importance.


One criterion is the number of native speakers that a language happens to have. A second is the extent to which a language is geographically dispersed: in how many continents and countries is it used or is a knowledge of it necessary? A third is "vhicular load": to what extent is it a medium for science and literature or any other highly regarded cultural manifestation - including "way of life"? A fourth is the economic and political influence of those who speak it as "their own" language.

The reasons for the demand of English have surely become clear. To put it bluntly, English is a top requirement for those seeking jobs - and is often the language in which most of the business of "good jobs" is conducted. One needs it for access to at least one half of the world's scientific literature. It is thus intimately associated with technological aid. Not only is ti the univesal language of international aviation, shipping and sport: it is to considerable degree of universal language of literacy and public communication. Seigfried Muller (Formes Director of the Languages-of-the-World Arquives in the US Department of Education) has estimated that about 60 per cent of world's radio broadcasts and 70 per cent of the world's mail are in English. The great manufacturing countries Germany and Japan use English as their principal advertising ans sales medium; it is the language of automation and computer technolgy.


A Grammar of Contemporary English

3 Comentários:

Adriana disse...

Hello Paulo,
congratulations on your great work. Keep on the nice job!
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Best wishes,
Adriana

Anônimo disse...

it is a nice text but I think that you should try to write more about the importance of english for all the people in the world. but is a very good text, I love it. congratulations!

Anônimo disse...

very good I could learn what's the importanceof the english language but it has little information

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