Friday, 28 March 2008

Op: The sound of global English, by Mercè Vilarrubias

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall and China's entrance into international economic markets, English has become a truly global language. Covering the five continents and cutting across social classes, English is now the lingua franca of the world. It is estimated that between 1.5 and two billion people in the world now speak English and that of those only about 450 million are native speakers. (Full story in printed edition).