Will we all be speaking Chinese in the future?
David Graddol considers this question in relation to
’s rise to becoming the world’s second largest economy and the expectation that it will become the world’s largest manufacturer within the next year. Will its economic rise mean that its language will reach equally global proportions? The rise in the number of users of a language is of course linked to economic and political developments. The rise of English can be seen within the historical context of the spread of the British Empire and, in more recent years, the global importance of the China economy as well as the impact of Microsoft in computer technology. US
This summary was written by Sue Fox