English is the world's lingua franca-the most widely spoken
language in human history. And yet, as historian and linguist
Nicholas Ostler persuasively argues, English will not only be
displaced as the world's language in the not-distant future, it
will be the last lingua franca, not replaced by another.
Empire, commerce, and religion have been the primary raisons
d'etre for lingua francas--Greek, Latin, Arabic have all held the... more...