Issues of Language, Culture, and Identity
Edited By Ahmad Al-Issa and Laila S. Dahan
Ahmad Al-Issa and Laila S. Dahan - 1 Global English and Endangered Arabic in the United Arab Emirates -1
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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