GLOBAL ENGLISH. A term of the 1990s for English as the world's pre-eminent language: ‘The future of global English’ (title of the closing chapter of David Crystal, English as a Global Language, 1997); ‘Technology … lies at the heart of the globalisation process, affecting the worlds of education, work and culture; it has helped to ensure that global English has become firmly entrenched as the lingua franca within such activities’ (‘English and the Internet’, in GEN: Global English Newsletter, Monitoring the Changing Role of English in the World, 1, an electronic newsletter issued by BRITISH COUNCIL, November 1997). See GLOBAL LANGUAGE. Compare INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH, WORLD ENGLISH.
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