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English into the Future

  • Jan Svartvik
  • Geoffrey Leech


In this book we have followed the English language throughout its history over a period of some 1,500 years. It’s a remarkable story: from a Germanic embryo came a small insular language, which in time grew into a world language. So what will happen to English now? Will there be many Englishes, or just one? Will the international use and learning of English continue to grow? Or will other languages take its place? It is difficult to predict the future of languages — some would say impossible. But at least we can examine the linguistic situation as it is developing today and try to make informed speculations about the future.


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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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