Considerations on English as a global lingua Franca
Title: Considerations on English as a global lingua Franca
Author: LACEY, Joseph
Citation: Political studies review, 2015, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 363- 372
ISSN: 1478-9302; 1478-9299
Central to Philippe Van Parijs' recent text, Linguistic Justice for Europe and for the World, are claims that the emergence of English as a global lingua franca is (1) inevitable, (2) necessary for transnational justice and (3) to be accelerated. After first outlining the reasoning behind these claims, this article then goes on to argue that there are good reasons to doubt that English will inevitably become a global lingua franca; the absence of a lingua franca is not an insurmountable obstacle to the achievement of transnational justice; and there is little justification for artificially accelerating the universalisation of English.
Published online: 26 February 2013
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