English as a World Language in Academic Writing

Gen�, Bilal; Bada, Erdogan
September 2010
Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal;Sep2010, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p142
Academic Journal
Language is a phenomenon which can hardly be viewed separate from its very inherent component, culture. This component does by all means play a significant role in enabling the language to gain a global status. No doubt, some prominent issues do contribute to this process: political, economic, and military supremacy, to name but a few. This study aims to shed light on the issue regarding the use of English as a first, second or foreign language around the worm with a specific reference to academic writing. We will first outline the present situation of English as an international language, and discuss the use of it across the worm by global organizations and various nations. We will then present a historical background of English as a 'lingua franca,' or as some scholars call it, 'English as an International Language' (ELL). We will proceed with a brief history of milestones paving the way for this language in gaining its international status as a worm language in academic writing. Despite the fact that this language is a truly recognized worm language in most scientific fields, the trend in most nations is more toward preserving their linguistic identity. This study concludes with the caveat that although the overwhelming hegemony of English causes pessimism in most nations, our observations reveal that these nations are well aware of the fact that scientific recognition in the international arena entails the use of English in academic writing.


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