Languages are integral parts of human lives, all the knowledge about anything on the planet, in the world is kept and passed from generation to generation only thanks to languages. Nowadays the process of globalization is inevitable and it certainly has serious impact upon humanity, upon any sphere of human lives. No wonder that globalization has its influence upon languages as well. Some experts are sure that globalization is one of the factors, which contribute to distinction of rare languages, as people, who speak those languages are to communicate with the rest of the world and thus distance from their native language. Jonathan Amos investigated these issues and in her article, devoted to the relation between globalization and language – Digital Tools “to save languages”. According to the author of the article the modern technologies, which are actually closely related to globalization, could at the same time contribute to preserving of the distinct languages, as they provide the chance to them to reveal their existence to the whole world, as there are ways of creating digital vocabularies and so on.
Gloria Gibbons in the article “Investigating ‘Globish’ discusses another important problem, which is related to the process of globalization. There is a trend to create and support the so-called Globish language, which is actually a kind of shortening of the vocabulary of English to the number of words, which could be used by greater number of people for the sake of successful international business relations. The first thing to worry about here is the fact that Globish could under no condition substitute any usual language, as this is just a set of simple words and phrases, which could never be enough to exist as a separate language. Secondly, international trade should not be limited to using only those patterns, which are used by each company, this would minimize all the advertising and promotion strategies and consequently have poor outcomes for the business in general.
Overall, the process of globalization is very complex and versatile; along with numerous positive results, it tends to bring not less controversies, including the global language issues. This means that only many-sided approach and thorough consideration of all aspects might guarantee at least to some extent that humans will be able to save their cultural and scientific knowledge and achievements and use only advantages of globalization in all life spheres.
Amos, J. (2012). Digital tools ‘to save languages’. BBC News, Vancouver
Gibbons, G. (2012). Investigating ‘Globish’ – a simplified form of English.