English as a Global Language

David Crystal's informative account of the rise of English as a global language explores the history, current status and potential of English as the international language of communication. This new edition of his classic work includes additional sections on the future of English as a world language, English on the Internet, and the possibility of an English "family" of languages. Footnotes, new tables, and a comprehensive bibliography reflect the expanded scope of the revised edition. An internationally renowned scholar in the field of language and linguistics, David Crystal received an Order of the British Empire in 1995 for his services to the English language. He is the author of several books with Cambridge, including Language and the Internet (2001), Language Death (2000), English as a Global Language (1997), Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (1997), and Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language (1995) as well as Words on Words (University of Chicago, 2000). First edition Hb (1997): 0-521-59247-X First edition Pb (1998): 0-521-62994-2

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By Hussain Laghabi (Saudi Arabia) · ★★★★☆ · November 12, 2013
How English became the Global language ? Crystal argues it's the power no more. The powerful technologies, culture, economy, alongside the British empire in the past, are the key factors of English to dominate the world . The problem with Crystal is that he describes the English language phenomen... ...more
By Will (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · November 24, 2008
Though it took me 3-4 months to get through it, I found it to be a very interesting read. The main premise is that English's growth to a world language has been made possible by it being at the right spot at the right time. The United Kingdom spread it through its many colonies and the US continu... ...more
By Sun (Sydney, Australia) · ★★☆☆☆ · November 25, 2008
This is a good introduction to the historic circumstances underlying the dominance of English as a global language. I read the 2002 edition and found it dated, especially with regard to the internet and international communications such as within the EU. The most outstanding information is to be... ...more
By Gramarye · ★★★★☆ · December 19, 2008
A brief and somewhat generalized but nonetheless interesting evaluation of the state of English as a global language. Dates from the late 1990s, so the figures and some of the conclusions are a bit out of date. ...more
By Reza (Jakarta, 04, Indonesia) · ★★☆☆☆ · July 08, 2010
Outdated. I'd prefer Crystal's "Language Death". ...more
By matt (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · March 04, 2013
it's a more detailed version of his other book, and it's good for detailing the past, present, and future of english, why english, how, etc. crystal does his best to be neutral and consider multiple perspectives, but having read some alistair pennycook during this, it's like crystal sugar coats o... ...more
By Catherine (Germany) · ★★★☆☆ · March 25, 2015
I read the first edition, which feels dated (it was 18 years ago, after all) but the points that are made are still relevant today. It is pleasantly short and straighforward in presenting how and why English became a global language. ...more
By Uday (Mérida, 14, Venezuela) · ★★★★☆ · August 08, 2014
A very interesting book. It takes English language to explain how languages become global and the way used to influence the worldwide population. ...more
By Fiona (Lyon, B9, France) · ★★★★☆ · December 30, 2013
I've been generous with 4 stars because I'm trying to imagine reading a Crystal book for the first time. I've read and got so many that it felt a bit like a re- hash of other material he's produced.
Still- really enjoyed bits where he tracks US dialects from UK immigration and additional informati... ...more
By Bob (Liverpool (yeah yeah, The Beatles), The United Kingdom) · ★☆☆☆☆ · August 05, 2014
Normally David Crystal is my spirit animal, but I think he's missed a trick in writing this. A lot of the information is obvious to someone like me (a smartarse, I suppose) or too in-depth for me to care. It could serve well to supplement study, or an essay, but not for bedtime reading. Sorry Dav... ...more