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English pp 73-100 | Cite as

English Goes to the New World

  • Jan Svartvik
  • Geoffrey Leech

Abstract

At the end of the nineteenth century, on being asked to name the single greatest fact in modern political history, the German statesman Otto von Bismarck answered: ‘The inherent and permanent fact that North America speaks English.’

Keywords

Seventeenth Century British Isle British Coloni General American Eastern Seaboard 
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© The Author(s) 2016

Authors and Affiliations

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

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