Linguistic Imperialism and Reshaping the World's New Identity: A Research Paper in Linguistics
International Journal of Language and Linguistics
Volume 3, Issue 2, March 2015, Pages: 61-68
Received: Feb. 22, 2015; Accepted: Mar. 9, 2015; Published: Mar. 21, 2015
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Huda Kamal El-qassaby, Linguistics & Translation, Dammam Girls' Arts College, Dammam, Saudi Arabia; Linguistics, Higher Institute of Languages, Mansura, Egypt
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Linguistic imperialism is a controversial issue for its intricate nature and for its impact in a rapidly changing world. English is an imperialist language due to its growing stature in various domains around the world such as: formal education, media, world trade, diplomacy, etc. Hence, English is considered the lingua franca of the modern era, as the most preferred and widely used language in numerous global fields. English emerged as an imperialist language after the decline of minor languages and the dominance of the world imperialism. English as the language of technology and modernization lays its shadows on economics and politics, which affect the social, as well as the cultural identity of the world. English nowadays is significantly related to social and economic rise of people .Apparently, this rise is shown in the constant change of the norms of behavior, values, attitudes and beliefs, particularly among the young generations, as a result of their intensive exposure to English. Certainly, the significant impact of the global dominance of English manifests in constructing social inequalities between those who speak and use English and those who do not. The researcher of this study does not exclude what is called the hidden agenda aimed by the supper powers to reshape the global system through eliminating other cultures and identities and forming new ones. World efforts and procedures are required from scholars, governments and formal institutions to encounter such a phenomenon.
Linguistic Imperialism, Identity, Global, Dominance
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Huda Kamal El-qassaby, Linguistic Imperialism and Reshaping the World's New Identity: A Research Paper in Linguistics, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 3, No. 2, 2015, pp. 61-68. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20150302.14
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