The Dominance of English as a Language of Science

Synopsis

The book shows to what degree English is now the dominant language of science. Giving examples from countries on all continents, explanations are given and predictions of future developments are made. How does the dominance of English affect other languages and their speakers? Are other languages still being modernized under these conditions? Are their speakers trapped in a permanent disadvantage, or do the advantages of a world-wide lingua franca outweigh disadvantages for everyone?

The book provides important background information for language planning and language politics.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Robert B. Kaplan
  • Angéline Martel
  • Miguel Siguan
  • Abram De Swaan
  • Heather Murray
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2001