Monday, November 12, 2012

English as the Global Language

"In the same way that American power creates asymmetrical geopolitical and economic relationships with certain parts of the world, so too does the reliance on English as an international lingua franca engender cultural asymmetries with non-anglophone cultures," writes Dissent Magazine's Paul Cohen — The Rise and Fall of the American Linguistic Empire.

The blurb tells us the author "is an associate professor of history at the University of Toronto currently working on a book-length study of the invention of French as a national language in early modern France." Surely the parallels between the nationalist Jacobins of his research and the globalist Neoconservatives decried in his article were not lost on the author.

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

For whatever it is worth:

I recently was in Italy. Everyone spoke English.

The moment I landed at JFK I realized more people spoke English in Italy than here in NYC.

November 12, 2012 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger 장흥 저널 Jangheung Journal said...

Thanks for linking to that article. While reading it I couldn't help but think of all those people who strongly advocate for a vernacular mass over a Latin one. Perhaps if they viewed language more as Mr. Cohen does, they wouldn't be so quick to ditch the Latin.

November 13, 2012 at 12:55 AM  
OpenID kuiwon said...

I don't mind English as lingua franca. I just don't want it mixing. I like the French attitude on their language on this point.

November 13, 2012 at 7:56 PM  

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