The Prospects for an International Language

Andrew Large 1 ,
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1Mcgrill University, Montreal
Corresponding Author : Andrew Large, Director and Professor, Graduate School of Liberary & Information Studies McGrill University, Montreal, Canada, 3459 Mctavish, Quebec H3A IYI

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Published Online: Jan 01, 2017


Reviews the various arguments that have been advanced since the seventeenth century in favor of adopting one common language for international communication. Discusses the barriers that have prevented any constructed language from assuming this role. Considers the possibility of a natural language acting as a medium for international communication and in Particular evaluates the extent to which English now occupies this position.



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