Updated: Sep 1, 2020
Will English remain the same? The answer is obvious!
New “interlanguages” are emerging, in which features of English are mingled with those of other native tongues and their pronunciations.
🤷♀️Despite the Singaporean government’s attempts to promote the use of Standard British English through the Speak Good English Movement, the mixed language known as “Singlish” remains the variety spoken on the street and in the home.
Spanglish, a mixture of English and Spanish, is the native tongue of millions of speakers in the United States, suggesting that this variety is emerging as a language in its own right.
🧞♂️So the future for English is one of multiple Englishes.
Looking back to the early 20th century, it was the Standard English used in England, spoken with the accent known as “Received Pronunciation”, that carried prestige.
But today the largest concentration of native speakers is in the US, and the influence of US English can be heard throughout the world: can I get a cookie, I’m good, did you eat, the movies,_ pronunciation of the word schedule “skedule”_ rather than “shedule”. In the future, to speak English will be to speak US English.
US spellings such as disk and program are already preferred to British equivalents disc and programme in computing. The dominance of US usage in the digital world will lead to the wider acceptance of further American preferences, such as favorite, donut, dialog, center.