Would There Be One Standard English as the Global Language?

As we know that English has been widely used in the world in almost all fields and this fact has encouraged people to learn English more and more in order to be able to communicate with all people in the world. However, there are a lot of different kinds of people in the world; some of them have English as their first language, second language or foreign language. The ones who learn English as their second and foreign language have their own first language and culture as well as various conditions which may influence them in learning English.

Theoretically, if they are able to communicate in English, there should be no misunderstanding among the speakers and the hearers. However due to the backgrounds mentioned above, there might still be some possibilities to have misunderstanding and miscommunication. Here is one example of the misunderstanding taken from Gorlach (1998:53) about Australian English in Britain: The Australian who arrives in Britain and has to go to hospital for immediate treatment. His first words to the doctor were understood as “I came here to die.”

From the example, it is clearly seen that the misunderstanding is caused by the different linguistic features as the Australian pronunciation of the word ‘today’ is the same as the British pronounces as ‘to die’ If between two varieties there is misunderstanding, it is hard to imagine the misunderstanding and miscommunication that might happen among people speaking English using different varieties. In order to avoid such misunderstanding, this paper intends to find out whether there is a possibility that there is only one variety of English in the world and later on there will be only one culture as language and culture cannot be separated.

Name : Ienneke Indra Dewi

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