Saturday, July 3, 2010

American English Is the Most Popular

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In the video below, Professor David Chrystal makes a poignant point about the various types of English in the world today. And yes, English professors should make their students aware of the different pronunciations, vocabulary and structures.

While there are more non-native professor of English than native-speakers, and given the breadth and depth of English in global commuications, of course one cannot expect a monolithic language.

However, another point must also be made: there is a preference for American English among English learners.

This fact is particulary relevant given the "soft power" of the United States in global culture, a term popularized by Harvard Professor Joseph Nye.

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