And the Extent to Which This Has Led to the Extinction of Minority Languages?
Crystal, D., 2013. The language revolution. John Wiley & Sons.
This particular reference is a book that talks about various dynamics related to language as a whole. In his book, Crystaal elaborates and gives evidence to prove that there has been a significant revolution in languages of the world. He starts with a brief history of the development of language across the centuries and builds up to reveal how the revolution came about resulting in some languages being more dominant than others. The audience of this work is fellow language scholars seeking an in-depth into the language change and reasons as to why this is so. Crystals book that was published in 2013 is very relevant as it is one of the latest works on language. By giving a basis to explain the revolution in the language, it becomes easier to understand why or how the English language has risen to become a global language hence it helps in answering why English has become a global language.
Kramsch, C., 2014. Teaching foreign languages in an era of globalization: Introduction. The Modern Language Journal.
As the title suggests, the written work by Kramsch is an academic journal that gives an insightful discussion on the challenges that result from trying to teach other languages apart from English. In this case, the magnanimous usage of English makes other languages be considered as foreign. One of the foundations that form the basis of the author’s argument is globalization. Kramsch states that the current era has caused a net effect of increased usage of English and this has made it harder for some to know other languages apart from English. Even children of certain descent grow up speaking English and can only learn their native language by being taught in a classroom, something that takes laborious effort. This journal article forms an important understanding and helps answer the second part of title question (The extent to which this has led to the extinction of minority languages?) because from the discussion contained therein it becomes straightforward why minority language usage is diminishing by the day and leading to greater English usage.
Kuteeva, M., 2014. The parallel language use of Swedish and English: the question of ‘nativeness’ in university policies and practices. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development.
In his work, Kuteeva takes a different approach as far as the English language becoming a global force to reckon with is concerned. In this case, this academic journal, meant to add weight to how tough it is to use other languages and their being overtaken by English, the writer focuses solely on one minority language. While Swedish may have quite a number of users, the extent to which English usage has increased across the world, makes it seem like a minority language at this moment in time. The article is aimed at challenging learning institutions to encourage the use of not only the English language but also Swedish in classrooms. This source is particularly relevant as it gives a clear depiction of how some speakers of other languages undergo challenges due to the now gradually increasing acceptance of English as the acceptable common language in academic circles. Therefore, to cope in schools, students are forced to learn what is considered a foreign language to them as theirs loses significance due to its fewer speakers.