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Epilogue: Sixteen Hundred Years On

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 May 2023

Peter Trudgill
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Université de Fribourg, Switzerland
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The expansion of English has been a remarkable phenomenon, but there have been many losers. And, indeed, there is an important sense in which we are all the losers: the loss of linguistic diversity from the world as a result of the expansion of English has been what can only be described as a language-ecological disaster.1

Today, English is still spoken as a native language in the same areas of eastern England where it first came into being, and where I am writing this 1,600 years later. But, in the meantime, it has spread right across the world.

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The Long Journey of English
A Geographical History of the Language
, pp. 165
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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