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English: The Working Tongue of the Global Village

  • Jan Svartvik
  • Geoffrey Leech


Ahead of his time, the Canadian writer Marshall McLuhan predicted that electronically connected media would eventually transform the world into a huge ‘global village’. English has become the working tongue of that village.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Svartvik
    • 1
  • Geoffrey Leech
    • 2
  1. 1.Lund UniversitySweden
  2. 2.Lancaster UniversityUK

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