The Celtic roots of English

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Re: The Celtic roots of English

Post by carrek » Sat Feb 19, 2011 1:13 pm

Tell that to poverty-stricken Indian or African people, or the majority of people in the majority of countries on the planet who don't speak English. How can English be a global language if billions of people don't speak it?

It is a common language of the western elite, and to a far lesser extent, the global elite, those in power politically and financially. It is a common language for the small section of the world's people that have access to modern education and are exposed to western media. It is far from being a global language.

The most spoken language in the world is Chinese. Within a couple of years the most spoken language on the Internet will be Chinese.

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Re: The Celtic roots of English

Post by t2 » Sat Feb 19, 2011 1:32 pm

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Re: The Celtic roots of English

Post by carrek » Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:08 pm

t2 wrote:I have been to the places you mention and many other places, I have always found English being spoken in most of these places,
Well of course if you never leave your hotel.
t2 wrote:however is Chinese(many dialects) spoken as much as English!
Mandarin has 850 million native speakers and hundreds of millions more Chinese people learn it as a second language, even when you include second/third language learners English still doesn't come close.
t2 wrote:Go to any airport and you'll find the English announcements and information in English to, it's not the 'cream of the west' it just makes sense.
Who are the English signs for? Not for the general population, but for the global business elite and tourists that can afford air travel.

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Re: The Celtic roots of English

Post by t2 » Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:18 pm

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Re: The Celtic roots of English

Post by Marhak » Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:49 pm

"Hydronym" doesn't appear in the Oxford Modern English dictionary (my copy of which is 1300 pp. long), but let's not be too serious about this. It was bit of banter between Ken and I.

Mandarin is spoken by the biggest number of people, but has little global spread beyond the boundaries ofChina (and a few restaurants). Spanish is more widely spoken in global terms, even than English.

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Re: The Celtic roots of English

Post by carrek » Sat Feb 19, 2011 4:20 pm

t2 wrote:carrek, It would be much better if we all just spoke Cornish.
Now you're talking sense! :P

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Re: The Celtic roots of English

Post by Cormorant » Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:56 pm

And it is indisputably the most useful language on the internet and I would say a round the world as well.

Of course it is.

English is a language spoken World-wide.

England is a small place from where English spread.

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Re: The Celtic roots of English

Post by GanO » Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:46 am

The technical word for the study of rivers in 'potamology' (from Greek 'potamos' river). So, I fancy the word for a river name would be potamonym, 'Hydronym' would just mean 'water name' (<Gk. 'hudor'. water).
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Re: The Celtic roots of English

Post by t2 » Sun Feb 20, 2011 2:06 am

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Re: The Celtic roots of English

Post by carrek » Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:26 pm

t2 wrote:carrek, which language is used the most on c24?
English.

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Re: The Celtic roots of English

Post by Marhak » Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:29 pm

Or a strange version of it, in some cases. 8-)

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