Top 10 Fun Facts About the English Language

With so many languages bouncing around the globe, you would be forgiven for thinking English is just one of many. The following 10 entries look at how a once small language spoken by an island people is now used as a global lingua franca. If Latin had the Roman Empire, then English has the world.

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Source/Further reading:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/08/english-universal-language-science-research/400919/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-32701311
https://journal.lib.uoguelph.ca/index.php/perj/article/view/826/1358
http://labs.theguardian.com/digital-language-divide/
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http://www.asasi.org/papers/2007/Communication_in_Aviation_Safety_Paul_Krivonos.pdf
http://asean.org/asean/about-asean/
https://research-repository.griffith.edu.au/bitstream/handle/10072/52188/85961_1.pdf?sequence=1
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http://www.economist.com/node/133436
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-the-editors-23032145
http://annacamburn.pbworks.com/f/Ideologies+of+English+in+Japan.pdf
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