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Is English a force for good? What have been the ramifications of this languageā€™s dominance in ex colonies and also throughout the world?
We debate how local languages have suffered as a result of the spread of English and investigate the consequences of its influence on indigenous communities. Language campaigner Neville Alexander provides a South African perspective on the negative aspects of a language when it begins to represent economic and political power and a panel of linguists debate some of the controversies caused by English and whether they believe it still has a future.


This material forms part of The Open University course U214 Worlds of English.

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Title: Transcript -- The position of English today

Transcript -- The position of English today

August 11th, 2011

Transcript -- A panel of Linguists discuss place of English in an increasingly globalized world. Go to Episode

The position of English today

August 11th, 2011

A panel of Linguists discuss place of English in an increasingly globalized world. Go to Episode

Transcript -- Why has the rise of English caused so much controversy?

August 11th, 2011

Transcript -- English is championed as an essential tool for participation yet is criticized for causing real social harm. Go to Episode

Why has the rise of English caused so much controversy?

August 11th, 2011

English is championed as an essential tool for participation yet is criticized for causing real social harm. Go to Episode