English as a world language (some details about the growth of English…
English as a world language
some details about the growth of English
first European settelments in America
common trade language
New Zealand became a British colony 1841, whalers, mild climate suitable for farming
Captain James Cook, Australian continent
British colonies of convicts were established
Africa, slaves were the "commodity" that first attracted British trades
British East India Company 1600s. trading valuable goods (tea, silk, cotton, spices)
from Anglo-Saxon to world language
There are two main historical reasons why English is now the most widely spoken language in the world.
The first reason is because of British colonization and discoveries of "new" lands.
The second reason has to do with the more recent position of the USA as a world power.
spelling (unchanged for hundereds of years)
easy grammar (word order than infectioal forms)
flexible language (incorporating elements of other languages)
More than one language
English as a means of communication