Mary Jane Stoneburg, one of the Good Word's long-time editors, referred me to an article in The Guardian that the traders in the Agora might be interested in: "No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting?" by Jacob Mikanowski. It is rather long, 11,500+ words, but the latter half is romantic speculation that is less interesting. The first half is well-researched and factual, loaded with facts, facts about the extent of English dominance that I was unaware of.
The US dominates the world economically and militarily. If this article is correct, and I believe it is, we dominate the world linguistically as well, if not culturally. So, when our economy drops to second place in a few years, behind China's, and reasonable presidents who reign in our military come back in season, language will be the only justification for thinking this nation is somehow greater than others.
Read it and let me know what you think.
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