Language Contact and the Future of English  book cover
1st Edition

Language Contact and the Future of English

ISBN 9780367593629
Published August 14, 2020 by Routledge
198 Pages

FREE Standard Shipping
USD $48.95

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

This book reflects on the future of the English language as used by native speakers, speakers of nativized New Englishes, and users of English as a lingua franca (ELF). The volume begins by outlining the current position of English in the world and accounts for the differences among native and nativized varieties and ELF usages. It offers a historical perspective on the impact of language contact on English and discusses whether the lexicogrammatical features of New Englishes and ELF are shaped by imperfect learning or deliberate language change. The book also considers the consequences of writing in a second language and questions the extent to which non-native English-speaking academics and researchers should be required to conform to ‘Anglo’ patterns of text organization and ‘English Academic Discourse.’ The book then examines the converse effect of English on other languages through bilingualism and translation. This volume is essential reading for students and scholars in English language, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, and language policy.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: English Today   2 Imperfect Learning and Multicompetence   3 Purposeful Language Change   4 Will English as a Lingua Franca Impact on Native English?   5 ELF and the Alternatives   6 Academic English, Epistemicide, and Linguistic Relativity   7 Bilingualism, Translation, and Anglicization   8 Conclusion: Language Contact and the Future of English

View More



Ian MacKenzie formerly taught translation at the University of Geneva. He is the author of English as a Lingua Franca: Theorizing and Teaching English (2014), Paradigms of Reading: Relevance Theory and Deconstruction (2002), and a number of English language teaching coursebooks.


"In this illuminating book, MacKenzie has taken on the task of predicting the future but, as he also points out, this is not an easy task [...] The value of MacKenzie’s book is thus not in the actual prediction, but rather in that he provides the reader a broad perspective on the processes behind language change and the reasons for change to take place—or not."

- Niina Hynninen, University of Helsinki, TESOL Quarterly