Chapter 1. Globalization, Global English, and World English(es): Myths and Facts

  1. Nikolas Coupland
  1. Salikoko S. Mufwene

Published Online: 7 OCT 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324068.ch1

The Handbook of Language and Globalization

The Handbook of Language and Globalization

How to Cite

Mufwene, S. S. (2010) Globalization, Global English, and World English(es): Myths and Facts, in The Handbook of Language and Globalization (ed N. Coupland), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324068.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 OCT 2010
  2. Published Print: 6 AUG 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175814

Online ISBN: 9781444324068

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Keywords:

  • global multilingualism, world languages, and language systems;
  • globalization, global English, and world English(es) - myths and facts;
  • globalization - no more than McDonaldization and Americanization;
  • economic globalization or language spread - not new in the history of mankind;
  • globalization, as “the process of becoming global”;
  • globalization, not thought of exclusively or primarily at world–wide level;
  • colonization and globalization;
  • European colonial expansion - extension of the Indo-European dispersal;
  • colonial rule change - entailing a shift of official languages;
  • structural differences between ‘world Englishes’ – not relating to nature of restructuring processes

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • What Is Globalization and What Is New about It?

  • Colonization and Globalization

  • The European Colonial Expansion Since the Fifteenth Century

  • The British Empire, the British Commonwealth, and the Emergence of English as a Pre – Eminent ‘World Language’

  • World Englishes

  • The Fallacy of ‘Global English’

  • Will there Be an English-Only Europe?

  • Conclusions

  • References