English Is The Dominant Global Language Since The Nineteenth Century

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English has been the dominant global language since the nineteenth century. As a result of British imperialism, the language was spread to every region of the world. Since the twentieth century the United States’ role as the global economic and cultural power, has helped to maintain the global influence of the English language. Various dialects of English reflect cultural, racial and socioeconomic aspects of these groups (“What Privilege”) Standard English has often been defined as the correct form of the English language. This is emphasized everywhere from public schools to mass media. In the United States it is viewed as the default dialect, providing a linguistic common ground for all speakers. Despite this Standard English is not grammatically or expressively superior to any other English dialect.
Today, many English-speaking countries view Standard English as the superior or preferred dialect. However this was not always the truth. In 1066 when the Normans invaded England, the lower class spoke English, while the upper class spoke French.(Blast From the Past) As a result of migration and war, new words and phrases changed the dialect. Historically the dominant societal group has dictated what dialect is accepted as standard. For example the Norman elite began to speak English in the 1400s to distinguish themselves from the French during the Hundred Years War (Freeman). Sociolinguistic rules were then established to maintain the class division in England. (Stroppy…

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