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Every language has its own importance. It is important for the people of that specific region who communicate through it. One language might be completely strange for the people of another place. But even in this vast diversity some languages are spoken and understood throughout this whole world. one example of such a language is English.
English is spoken and understood almost in every region of the world that is why most of the people around the world have been now calling it a global language because it is that one language that is understood by the majority of the people of the world. A global language is a language that has the same quality and also it could be used as an important tool for intercultural and interregional communication. English certainly is not the official language of all the countries of the world, nor is it spoken and understood by each and every person in the world. A global language usually plays a ‘special role’, a role that proves it as a global language. English is spoken as a mother/first language in many countries of the world but this is just not enough for it to be called as a global language.
“To achieve such a status, a language has to be taken up by other countries of the world. They must decide to give it a special place in their community. Even though have a few (or no) native speakers.” (Crystal 2003)
It all depends on the other countries, who are native speakers of that specific language to make it a global language. They can do this either by making it their official language or by giving it enough importance to be taught with some priority as a foreign language. English has attained both the levels in many countries of the world. it has been given the level of the official language by many countries around the world. It has been observed that English is now being taught in many countries around the world as an important
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Some countries like Singapore, India, Nigeria, etc. implement English in their governmental, educational and law systems. Such actions provide the language with a status of ‘second language’, which serves as a supplementary method of communication and which is preferred to be learnt as early as possible.
People from different parts of the globe are reaching out to other parts for purposes like trade commerce and education. Sooner or later, a need will be felt for a common global currency. Similarly, a need for a common global language was experienced in the past decades and English filtered out of the vast range of world languages to gain the international status.
From the research, it can be comprehended that a major portion of the working class from the underdeveloped countries is working in the developed countries, such as America, England, and Canada. In all of these countries, English is the language, which is used in every social, political, and professional matter.
As the world is reduced into a global village, an increase in demand of a mode of communication is well understood and has the capacity to reach the end of the world. This need is cultivated by economic and political structures that require common language to propagate ideas and development.
It is a first language for 380 million, and a second language for 150 to 1,000 million (Wikipedia 2005). English has definitively taken on the status of the lingua franca of the world to some degree or the other.
A digression to explain the terms we have mentioned is in order.
According to the report with hundreds of dialects--32 in the UK alone— and ranking between 3 and 4 as a native language and 2 overall, as a native and second-language speakers’ medium, then, English has taken on official and even global status. But how does one language achieve such major status?
According to the report to be born a native speaker of English provides an individual with an immeasurable advantage in life. The world has never stopped singing its praises. In fact, we could hardly find any corner of the earth untouched by English, which has undoubtedly become the unwritten code of communication at an international level.
Even if the present status of English as the Global language has generally been accepted, there are questions against the future status of this language; whether English can maintain the status of global or world language. The proposed study envisages