The Bilingual Global Village
The world is in a state of ongoing change toward becoming one global village. The digital revolution and the modern means of transportation make this change even faster. The speed-bullet train of globalization is taking many languages along its track into oblivion. Some languages are going to cease to be spoken. Others will survive within certain conditions. Languages that will be extinct, may never be revived, whereas those that will endeavor to survive must alongside another language; namely English- the language of the global village.
It is argued here that some languages of modern day world will be around as a second language where English will the world’s first global language. A distinction is made here between a “first” language and a “first global language”.
English is slowly but surely becoming the number one language that travelers, tourists, businesses and academes use worldwide. Yet many languages continue to be spoken in dichotomy with English.
What languages can bear the brunt of globalization? Which one can resist being swept away by the train of globalization? What properties must a given language maintain so as to withstand the impact of linguistic globalization and continue to be spoken in spite of the loudly audible dominance of English in the world today?