Contemporary British Identity: English language, migrants, by Dr Christina Julios

By Dr Christina Julios

Opposed to the history of an more and more multicultural British society, this publication strains the evolution of British identification within the twentieth century.Debates round British multi-culturalism and multi-ethnic id are deconstructed via a linguistic lens, which explores the position performed by way of the English language in those debates. exam of the expansionism of the nineteenth century British Empire and the increase of the USA to the placement of the world's superpower in the course of the twentieth century is provided.The booklet increases questions about the collective skill and willingness to redress the imbalance among the bulk white inhabitants and the country's marginalised minority ethnic groups. those questions offer enlightening clues to the most likely path that the existing public discourse on British identification will take up the twenty first century.

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IX, 825. 2 Collins Concise English Dictionary (1995), 3rd edn, (Glasgow: Harper Collins Publishers), 848. 3 Note: the broad distinction between native and immigrant minority seems somewhat arbitrary, with instances such as the Gypsy community being difficult to classify. uk/focuson/ethnicity> (accessed 14 April 2006). 40 Contemporary British Identity striking aspect of Britain’s multiculturalism is the existence of an array of different religions, faiths and belief systems among its populace. 5 Once a nation of mostly white citizens of European stock, mass migration during the second half of the twentieth century has seen Britain transformed into a veritable melting pot of peoples from different ethnic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Demographic Dimension Migration is an inherent part of any given ESL policy, for it is population movements that create the need for English language provision in the first place. Second language-based initiatives are entirely aimed at linguistic ethnic groups, whether the Bangladeshi community in London, the Hispanic collective in New York City or the Jewish cohort in Montreal. Britain’s school system, in particular, comprises an amalgamation of children from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds, income levels as well as cultural and linguistic origins.

This page intentionally left blank Chapter 2 English Language Colonisation, DeColonisation and Globalisation The English Language During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558–1603), the number of English speakers in the world is thought to have been between five and seven million. At the beginning of Queen Elizabeth II’s tenure, over three centuries later, this amount had increased almost fifty-fold. By 1952, 250 million people were estimated to speak English as a mother tongue and a further 100 million or so had learned it as a foreign language (Graddol et al.

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