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Ulrich Ammon (ed.), The dominance of English as a language of science: Effects on other languages and language communities. Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 2001. Pp. xiii + 478. Hb. DM 256.00.

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 October 2002

Nina G. Kheimets
Affiliation:
Department of English, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, Nina_Kheimets@yahoo.com
Alek D. Epstein
Affiliation:
Department of Sociology and Political Science, Open University of Israel, alekdep@pob.huji.ac.il

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This statement is an opening point for the discussion on the effects of the dominance of English as a language of science on other languages and speech communities. The global search for a common auxiliary language that allows unprecedented possibilities for international cooperation, and the resulting prevalence and dominance of English in science, vary in kind and degree, as well as in effects, across language communities and countries. The volume under review is an outstanding one with respect to both thematic diversity and depth of analysis in most of its essays. Since Fishman et al. 1977 edited the first collection of essays on the spread of English, numerous valuable books on the status of English as a global language have been published (Flaitz 1988, Doyle 1989, Kachru 1992, Pennycook 1994, Hartmann 1996, Fishman et al. 1996, Crystal 1997, Ryan & Zuber-Skerritt 1999), but there is no doubt that Ulrich Ammon has edited an extremely innovative and insightful volume.

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Ulrich Ammon (ed.), The dominance of English as a language of science: Effects on other languages and language communities. Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 2001. Pp. xiii + 478. Hb. DM 256.00.
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