Spread Of American English

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The English language is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is known as a bridge language that is often used in global trade, business, diplomacy, and communication. Although the United States does not have an official language, English is the primary language that is used and taught across the country. Meanwhile, English is the official language of many other countries and English speakers are found on each and every continent. Yet how did this come to be? Where else is English spoke across the world and how is it different from American English? Why is English so significant and widespread at the global scale? The answers to these questions come when examining the deep and fascinating history of one of the most popular …show more content…
As races began to mix in England, so too did other dialects and vernaculars, while previous forms of English began to reappear (Hollingsworth, 412). This period is often called the “Middle English Period”. English once again had become the primary Language of England. While French remained the official language of the land, its fate was sealed by both The Black Death and the Hundred Years War. One of the key events that helped continue the spread and popularization of English was the introduction of the printing press in 1476, which led to a standardization of the language. Another key event in the history of English was the beginning of colonialization after the discovery of America. This eventually led to the global spread of English. What once was only a regional, European language soon entered the early stages of a global system of …show more content…
Many consider English to be a sign of industrialization, development, and Western world ideals. Although the English language began in England, the rise of the United States brought about this change. Now, much of modern English is influenced by American politics, media, entertainment, and business because of the United States global footprint. Over half of all academic papers are written in English and it is considered to be standard language for both science and technology (Nunan, 590). Because of the rapid spread of English, many folk cultures and languages struggle to survive as a cost. However, many culture have formed new versions of English in combination with their own languages, dialects, pronunciation, and vocabulary. Such as Cajun, African American, Latino, Pennsylvania Dutch, Quebec, Bermudian, Punjabi, and many other English

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