English Today

Original Article

Global English: gift or curse?

Ross Smith a1
a1 Manager in charge of the translation service at PricewaterhouseCoopers Spain, ross.smith@es.pwc.com

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The status of the English language as the lingua franca of the global information society is beyond dispute, but what is not so clear is whether it is capable of fulfilling that role efficiently. In the following article Ross Smith responds to the supporters of Global English by examining the qualities that an ideal international auxiliary language would possess and then discussing the extent to which those qualities are to be found in modern English.