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World Englishes and the American Tongue

Title data

Anchimbe, Eric A.:
World Englishes and the American Tongue.
In: English Today. Vol. 22 (2006) Issue 4 . - pp. 3-9.
ISSN 1474-0567
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0266078406004020

Abstract in another language

Are the other varieties of English under threat from the United States? This paper reviews the place of the United States of America (her English and culture) in the contemporary world, especially with regard to the spread and use of the English language. World War II and its aftermath raised America to the height of political, economic, commercial, technological strength which saw the transformation of English from being a reserve of the British Isles and their queen, to a code of international linguistic transaction. English today is no longer just spreading world-wide, but is overwhelmingly adopting a predominant American touch, given the pride and prestige of the American lifestyle and pop culture. This paper therefore observes that in a quite foreseeable future the world Englishes will gradually subsume their heterogeneous identities into the sweeping current of the American variety of English.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair English Linguistics > Chair English Linguistics - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Mühleisen
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 400 Language > 400 Language
400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 420 English, Old English languages
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2020 10:07
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2020 10:07
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/53746