The Last Lingua Franca: English Until the Return of Babel

Category: Americas
Author: Nicholas Ostler
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by throw0101a   2020-01-26
> It is also one of the reasons why English is taking over ...

There are various reasons why a language may become a lingua franca (LF). If anyone wants to more about the history and process of this, I recommend The Last Lingua Franca: English Until the Return of Babel by Nicholas Ostle:

* https://www.amazon.com/Last-Lingua-Franca-English-Return/dp/...

* https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8366156-the-last-lingua-...

* https://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/dec/04/last-lingua-fr...

He goes over past LFs like Persian, Aramaic, Ancient/Koine Greek, and how they waxed and waned over the centuries, and what may happen to English in the future.

by 100k   2018-11-10
The author makes the argument that automatic translation could prevent the rise of a new lingua franca: https://www.amazon.com/Last-Lingua-Franca-English-Return/dp/...