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    Can you share your ideas with me? Thank you !!

    1. What gives a language global influence and makes it a "world language"?

    2. Will the demand for English in the world continue to rise at its present rate?

    3. Will English continue to be associated with leading-edge technology?

    4. Will economic modernisation continue to require English for technology and skills transfer?

    5. What impact will the Internet have on the global use of English?

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    1 This depends on many factors. In the case of English, Britain was a dominant power, then America continued. It was spread through the Empire, and this continued with capitalism.
    2 It depends where you are talking about. In the case of China, there is a boom, and no boom is sustainable over a long period. Do all 600 million learning English really need it? Probably not. However, this pattern is not seen all over the world; different countries have different needs. In India, for instance, the rise of outsourcing, especially over the phone, has led to a great need to deal with pronunciation andadapt to international patterns- English for call centres. Things will rise and fall, but the basic need for international communication will continue.
    3 Yes
    4 Yes
    5 English is the dominant language of the internet, so it wili in all probability reinforce the position. However, this will affect the language greatly- as it becomes more international, it will change and adapt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snow Lau
    Can you share your ideas with me? Thank you !!

    1. What gives a language global influence and makes it a "world language"?

    2. Will the demand for English in the world continue to rise at its present rate?

    3. Will English continue to be associated with leading-edge technology?

    4. Will economic modernisation continue to require English for technology and skills transfer?

    5. What impact will the Internet have on the global use of English?
    ANSWERS:
    1.Media/ economy.
    2.Possible. Unless another media/ economic power replaces English powers. Then the interest will shift to the other power.
    3/4. Depending if it continues seizing power.

    5.Maybe we'll come up with a new form of English!

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    5.Maybe we'll come up with a new form of English!

    I agree with you here- there's already clear evidence of the emergence of international forms of English where things are being dictated by non-native speakers.

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