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Title: “Language and Global Citizenship: The Place of English.” Language, Communication, and Human Capital Development in a Globalized World
Authors: TEILANYO, Dirikon Iniebio
Keywords: Language
the United Nations
English Global Citizenship
World language
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Ed. Mabel Osakwe. Ibadan: Kraft Books
Series/Report no.: 54-68.;
Abstract: Globalization has become not only a household concept in modern discourse but also a reality, with world being described and manifesting as a “global village” This is a result of the enhancement of communication among the citizens of the world through modern information and communications technology. This paper discusses the element of globalization and evaluates the place of language as an inalienable ingredient of global citizenship. It discusses the “world languages” from both historical and contemporary dimensions and accesses the prime place of English as language of global interaction today. Addressing the issues of population of speakers, geographical spread, vehicular load, importance of the native speaker societies and the “quality” of the language structure itself, the paper demonstrates that acquisition and use of some English, more than any other language, confers global citizenship on today’s man.
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