Task2 - Ethics >> Globalization & Language

"Globalization & Language "

Does globalization have a positive or negative impact on world languages?

The process of globalization is occurring in most of nations over the world. This phenomenon makes the Earth smaller and the relationships between countries more concrete. While some people believe that the loss of minority languages does not impact on global communication, others argue that the development of globalization, and the consequent extinction of exotic languages, has adverse effects on society.

It is a striking fact that several less-common languages are disappearing in some countries year by year. It leads to these state's residents tending to learn and use other tongues such as English and Japanese. Consequently, there are more and more people who speak the same languages. In other words, global communication becomes easier as well as more effective. For example, Ireland is a country where the vast majority of people speak in English. Today, a mere two percent of Irish inhabitants use Gaelic which is indicative of a lost vernacular. However, it does mean that more Irish companies and individuals can easily communicate with other English speakers in all four corners of the world. Thus, facilitating better business outcomes.

Further to this, some people argue that the elimination of language for a better worldwide society is actually necessary. Perhaps the best example of the practical application of the lingua franca is in education. In fact, education has been enhanced in many nations. As a consequence, people can access education, particularly by learning a second language, more easily than ever before. In several states, people are aware of the importance of second tongues which are essential as well as practical for their countries. Therefore, there are a lot of people who can speak fluently in many distinct tongues. In Singapore, for instance, inhabitants use five official tongues for general communication which are English, Malay, Mandarin, Chinese and Tamil.

In conclusion, my belief is that mutual language is essential to ameliorate the communication barrier between people in the world which means people should use well-known languages. Although it is also important to remember that world languages should exist in parallel with some less common local dialects.

Comment from ITP

This is a good essay that highlights the key facilitator of globalization. A universal language is essential for globalization to operate effectively, however, this lingual imperialism often comes at the expense of local dialects such as Gaelic. Some good synonyms for language: "dialect", "lingual", "vernacular", "tongues".