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Afanwi Niba

English as a world language is one of the problems many linguistics are confronted with today. I mean even the notion of a "standard english" is becoming an illusion. Everywhere we go, be it in a small village in spain or a metropolitan state somewhere in Japan, one is most likely going to be confronted with the language in one way or the other. Everybody takes the language and put his own pepper and salt to it, leaving a new variety behind. We certainly have to start asking ourselves to what extent the english language is to be considered a "lingua franca" when two people acknoledge to speaking the "same" language but cannot understand themselves. Maybe it is time we concentrate on preserving the linguistic varieties of our own languages rather than readily accepting the dominance of english and even going as far as altering our distinct phonetics or pronunciation in order to fit the "standard" .

Felix

The English language has an incontestable and a legitimate claim to its popularity as the most widely spoken and or taught language around the globe today. Being the lingua franca of global business, communication, diplomacy, etc the language has undoubtedly experienced an uncomfortable transformation. As the language is assimilating the world its standard version remains a remarkable achievement as linguists and phonologists are striving hard for a global proficiency, though with encouraging but slow results due to local dialects. considering the advantages English has over local dialects, especially as these dialects are not in any written form, it is absolutely necessary to focus attention on assimilating proficiently this language rather than preserving linguistic varieties of dialects which are not developed in any form. This language proficiency is only attainable when it is taught by instructors who are trained in all the aspects of the language . In most of our institutions of learning these language instructors either did not receive full pedagogic training or have deliberately ignored an important goal of teaching a language, that is communication. Phonetics is deplorably a neglected aspect in language teaching in most of our schools and this is the main reason why many speakers of English find it difficult to quickly understand native English speakers.
Felix

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