Increasing Economic Globalization : A Important Role As A Communication Tool

1198 Words Jan 25th, 2016 5 Pages
With increasing economic globalization comes increasing concern about the interaction of different languages on an international scale. While many aim to preserve minority languages on cultural grounds, language is also an economic asset. Rogerson-Revell (2007), of the Centre for English Language Teacher Education and Applied Linguistics at University of Leicester, acknowledged that English is now largely accepted as a lingua franca, used to communicate internationally, and originally spread by commerce. A lingua franca is, in the strictest sense, a language with no native speakers used by those with different languages. Some broader terms, such as English as an International Language, Global English, and International English, have been proposed, but for the purpose of this paper all four will be used interchangeably, eliminating the qualification of having no native speakers. Within the context of economics, language serves an important role as a communication tool: facilitating business decisions, impacting trade, and controlling the extent to which individuals can be productive and active in society. As “the study of the allocation of ‘scarce’ resources” (Chiswick 2008, p.6), economics recognizes that communication is a resource, and that communication issues which come from language differences are not the most efficient use of resources. Language, though, requires an initial investment: education. So far, the lack of education has been the main factor inhibiting the…

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