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Friday, March 25, 2016

The English Language As Destroyer

Will English Destroy All Other Languages?

Ross Pomeroy | March 21, 2016\

Though difficult to fathom, just 1,500 years ago, English was a wisp of a language, spoken by a smattering of Germanic tribes as they migrated from mainland Europe to the island of Britain. Today, linguists whisper and wonder: will English eradicate all other languages?
To do so would be a tall task. English's 339 million native speakers are outnumbered by those who speak Spanish (427 million) and Mandarin Chinese (897 million).* What's more, English's native speaking population has been decreasing steadily. While this situation seems to suggest that English is on the way out, globally, it's actually ascending. 


<more at; related articles and links: (What the World Will Speak in 2115. A century from now, expect fewer but simpler languages on every continent. January 2, 2015) and (Summary by language size. 2016)>

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