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Academic Paper

Title: The World Englishes in the American Tongue
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Author: Eric A. Anchimbe
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Institution: Universit├Ąt Bayreuth
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: This paper discusses the place and impact of America (its English and culture) in the spread and use of the English language in the present. World War II and its aftermath projected America to the limelight as a political, economic, commercial, and technological power. This era also saw the further transformation of English (after the colonial expansion of Britain) from a reserve of the British Isles and their Queen to a code of international linguistic transaction. Today, English is not just spreading across the world but is also adopting a predominantly American touch, given the prestige of the American lifestyle and pop culture. This paper therefore observes that in a foreseeable future the World Englishes will gradually subordinate their heterogeneous identities into the sweeping current of the American variety of English. The facts in the paper are supported by a questionnaire administered in Yaounde, Cameroon on the choice of English and the exposure to foreign influence through the multimedia audiovisual network. This survey, which covered youths, adults and people of all influential walks of life, was quite revealing of the linguistic tastes and preferences of present-day society. It showed that the presence of the American tongue and voice (VOA, CNN, MTV, Peace Corps, etc.) in many situations of daily life creates a cultural presence that is difficult to resist.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Philologie im Netz (PhiN), 32/2005
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