This book is an overview of the current state of, and a glimpse of future directions for, the English language in Europe, looking at the development of English from a Germanic tongue in northwest Europe to an international language that has spread across the world.
In the European context, the book examines:
• The role of English, especially in Germany, in major fields of work and study, such as science, education and the arts.
• How language contact, by translation and other means, has led to much borrowing of English vocabulary across the continent, with different effects on the languages of Europe.
• The way bilingualism being a feature in many European countries has affected English becoming accepted as the second language to learn, both in terms of individual preference and institutional direction.
• The predominance of the language within and outside the European Union language services.
English in the World and Europe
English as a lingua franca in Europe, especially Germanic regions.
English in the European Union
The donation of words to other languages
Societal and individual bilingualism with English