Talk on 14 Oct 2004: David Crystal, linguist and researcher of the English language.

The future of English depends to a large extent on how it develops in India, said David Crystal, linguist and researcher of the English language.

In 50 years, Crystal said, there would be twice as many people in countries where English is a second language than those in countries where it is the mother tongue.

Presently, 1.5 billion, or a quarter of the world population, speaks English. Crystal was delivering a lecture on ‘Future of language’, organised by the Association of British Scholars and the British Council at Spicer Memorial College, on Wednesday.

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