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Archive for April, 2010

Globish and the story of English

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Robert McCrum, writing for The Guardian, discusses the use of simplified English as a lingua franca. “Globish”, as suggested by Jean-Paul Nerrière (English site, French site), has a vocabulary of about 1500 words and tries to agree on a set of limitations to standard English so native and non-native speakers can meet in the middle.
Tisch has the print version as well as the PBS series version of McCrum’s Story of English. The video, amusingly, is on VHS. Fortunately our media center (upstairs on the third floor) has VCRs with monitors available for use by you and your students.