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The Effects of Making English More Widespread

What can you do with anthropology?

In his article “The Future of Language,” Samuel Victor discusses the implications of something called lingua franca English, a language resembling English that can help non-native speakers more easily communicate with native ones. On the one hand, there are a number of benefits to implementing something like this. Teaching a language like this more often is important because English is so widespread throughout the world, and an inability to understand or communicate with native English speakers puts one at a huge risk of being cut off from much of society.

At the same time, getting into the habit of making English a more widely spoken language puts the burden on people in non-English-speaking countries because they have to learn English in order to get decent jobs in English-speaking countries, and so those economies have to devote time to making sure their citizens can speak English when they could…

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