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Global English and Arabic

Issues of Language, Culture, and Identity

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Edited By Ahmad Al-Issa and Laila S. Dahan

This volume contains selected chapters from researchers and scholars concerning global English in the Arab world. It brings a new perspective to the phenomenon of global English as today’s lingua franca by focusing on an area of the world that is troubled by the spread of English. The book goes to the heart of a linguistic dilemma: the impact of global English on the Arabic language, Arab culture, and identity. New empirical evidence and insights into this problem are presented by a variety of researchers. The majority raise concerns about the long-term viability of Modern Standard Arabic in the face of global English. In light of the ever-expanding growth of global English, this book gives voice to the worries of people in the Arab world about maintaining their language, culture, and identity.

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Ahmad Al-Issa and Laila S. Dahan 1 Global English and Endangered Arabic in the United Arab Emirates Abstract Global English in tandem with the phenomenon of globalization is marching across the globe. In many instances the new lingua franca makes life easier through allow- ing communication across borders and boundaries through one common language. However, despite the positive factors that come with English, there are concerns about its ef fect on the languages and cultures of nations around the world. This particular chapter looks at the spread of global English, globalization, and endangered Arabic in the UAE. With consistent incoming migrant populations, the UAE requires a lingua franca and English carries out that role. However, over time, English seems to be moving beyond a foreign language and into the place of a second language. This chapter looks at the concerns this has for the Arabic language in the UAE. Introduction In today’s world, which is driven by globalization, technology, and the rapid exchange of goods, services, and ideas, one language stands out: English. More precisely, it is often referred to as global English. English today is not just a language to be learned for furthering education or job prospects; it has gone beyond that to stand out as the sole lingua franca of our rapidly globalizing world. For better or for worse, it is English that has taken centre stage in the quest for a language that can unite the world’s multilingual people in order to meet the need for...

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