Posted by: crisdiaz24 | November 9, 2011

IS CONTROL OF ENGLISH SHIFTING AWAY FROM BRITISH AND AMERICAN NATIVE SPEAKERS?

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IS CONTROL OF ENGLISH SHIFTING AWAY FROM BRITISH AND AMERICAN NATIVE SPEAKERS?

  1. Complete the following statistics:
  • ___________ people speak English as a first language.
  • ___________ people speak English as a foreign language.
  • For every native speaker there are __________ non-native speakers.

2. In the long run, who is bound to influence the way English evolves?

3. What drives language change more than anything else?

4. “ACCOMMODATION”: Who does this process also apply to?

5. What features of language may infiltrate into the mother tongue English?

6. What examples of changes brought about by non-native speakers does David Crystal give?

7. What mistakes has he already made?

8. What word did speakers use in Dr Johnson’s time which is used differently by native speakers nowadays?

9. Where will we be able to see most of the changes English is undergoing?

10. Why?

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IS CONTROL OF ENGLISH SHIFTING AWAY FROM BRITISH AND AMERICAN NATIVE SPEAKERS?

  1. Complete the following statistics:
  • 400 MILLION people speak English as a first language.
  • 1,500 MILLION people speak English as a foreign language.
  • For every native speaker there are 3 OR 4 non-native speakers.

2. In the long run, who is bound to influence the way English evolves? (THE WEIGHT OF USAGE OF) NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS.

3. What drives language change more than anything else? CONTACT AND MUTUAL INFLUENCE.

4. “ACCOMMODATION”: Who does this process also apply to? TO GROUPS AND NATIONS.

5. What features of language may infiltrate into the mother tongue English? WHATEVER NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS LEARN BECAUSE OF THE PROCESS OF LEARNING ENGLISH.

6. What examples of changes brought about by non-native speakers does David Crystal give? NON-COUNTABLE NOUNS MADE COUNTABLE: INFORMATIONS, RESEARHES, FURNITURES.

7. What mistakes has he already made? INFORMATIONS.

8. What word did speakers use in Dr Johnson’s time which is used differently by native speakers nowadays? INFORMATION.

9. Where will we be able to see most of the changes English is undergoing? ON THE INTERNET.

10. Why? BECAUSE OF THE ANONYMITY OF THE PARTICIPANTS. (YOU DON’T KNOW WHETHER THEY ARE NATIVE OR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS; MIXING TOGETHER, THEIR STYLES ARE INFLUENCING EACH OTHER AND NATIVE SPEAKERS WILL PICK UP THE WORDS.

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