The Global Impact of English and Science

  • Cathryn RoosEmail author
  • Gregory Roos
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)


Asian pop groups sing in it. Global investors make money in it. The aerospace industry relies on it—and flies in it. For better or for worse, English has become a modern lingua franca in our increasingly globalised world. From an obscure West Germanic dialect, English has developed and spread over the past 1500 years to become the language of international trade, communications, economic development and innovation. Since the end of World War II, the spread of English has accelerated and displaced French, Italian, German and Russian as the language of science and technology. This chapter provides a brief overview of the global impact of English and its implications for scientific knowledge.


International English Global English English science English-medium instruction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PerthAustralia
  2. 2.Murdoch UniversityPerthAustralia

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