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English as an international language in non-native settings in an era of globalization

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Language is an unquestionable prerequisite for human communication. Language is an "indispensable and universal component of the cultural system of all societies". As such language is an intrinsic element of sociology, indeed an excellent exemplar of Durkheim's "social representations". This chapter explores briefly the importance of language study to sociology. In the course of this discussion, it also explores the claims of some who believe the dominance of English as an international language is only transitory. The chapter then examines English as an international language (or perhaps the international language). It focuses especially on the attitudes about English as an international language of non-English language speaking peoples and of peoples who speak English only as a second (or even third, and so on) language. Finally, extensive empirical findings are examined in an effort to predict the future direction of the spread of English as international language.

Keywords: English; human communication; international language; non-English language speaking peoples; sociology



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