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The Consequences of Using English as an International Means of Communication: Its Impact on other Languages and its Inner Change

Stanislava Kostadinova (South-Western University of Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria)



This article regards the use of English as lingua franca, the motivation for the existence of a global international language and the choice of English to be the one.

The English language has been regarded as a reflection of the new world culture. The use of English as an international language has brought about some lexico-semantic, morphological and even syntactic interferences. The question is: will English be a better variant to national languages separating world cultures today?

This question is discussed from a Bulgarian perspective. In this context Bulgarian is seen as one of the languages influenced by the new world culture and its language - English. It is important to find out whether this would open doors for multicultural interaction of emancipated cultures or will put an end to original self-expression of smaller national traditions blending them in a unified global stream.

Innovationen und Reproduktionen in Kulturen und Gesellschaften (IRICS) Wien, 9. bis 11. Dezember 2005

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