Language death is a process in which the level of a speech community's linguistic competence in their language variety decreases, eventually resulting in no native or fluent speakers of the variety language death can affect any language form, including dialects. Whether we consider english a killer language or not, whether we regard its spread as benign globalization or linguistic imperialism, the expansive reach of english is undeniable and, for the time being, unstoppable there are reasons to believe that the english language will eventually wane in influence. A killer language is a dominant language learned subtractively (at the cost of the mother tongues) rather than additively (in addition to mother tongues) being a killer language is not an intrinsic characteristic of a language but most major languages could be identified as killers. Another reason to question the idea of english as a killer language is the prevalence of bilingualism if someone starts speaking english it does not mean they stop speaking other languages if someone starts speaking english it does not mean they stop speaking other languages.
That is why english language is often named as “a killer language” that wipes out smaller languages and their cultures by exclusive use the phenomenon of the exclusive use of english is caused by the attitude of a person or a community toward english. Is english a ‘killer language’ the globalisation of a code tanja eckert, andrea johann, anna känzig, melanie küng, bianca müller, cornelia schwald, laura walder abstract: does english act as a killer-language or not the fact that english has gained the status of a world language goes back to british colonialism.
Portrayed as the “killer language” (price 1984 nettle & romaine 2000) par excellence which by its own actions putatively has driven, and is still driving, many languages to extinction. Salikoko s mufwene globalization and the myth of killer languages: what’s really going on introduction this paper is about some misgivings i ha rbor over some recent linguistics publications. A killer language is a dominant language in the world that encourages the disappearance of less popular regional languages - ie the french are increasingly worried about english taking over their language as the younger generation seem to use colloquial english words more and more.
France spends billions of francs annually to support french language and culture abroad the german government funds seventy-eight goethe institutes, scattered from beirut to jakarta, that promote german language and arts and singapore, a tiny country with four official languages, is in the nineteenth year of its national speak mandarin campaign. It is undeniable that english language is a powerful language it is spoken in most part of the world especially in developed countries for instance the united states, great britain, and canada this is an inescapable process of globalization, the process of extending social relations across world-space. 5 killer language learning strategies guaranteed to help you make time 1 apply the 80/20 rule to focus on what matters most the modern world is a buzzing chaotic mess of activity and it seems to get worse with each passing year.
Language death can affect any language form, including dialects language death should not be confused with language attrition (also called language loss), which describes the loss of proficiency in a first language of an individual.
Our editorial in english today issue 293 raised the subject of english as a ‘killer language’ we pointed to a speech given on 22 nd february 2013 in which the german president joachim gauck called for english to be seen as the common language of europe, and especially of the european union. A killer language it is undeniable that english language is a powerful language it is spoken in most part of the world especially in developed countries for instance the united states, great britain, and canada.
English as a killer language although initially the spread of english has been considered as an economic opportunity, it has been seen as a destructive language too, regarding the linguistic and cultural diversity.