Since the Colonial period a handful of languages have risen to prominence throughout the world, but none more so than English. It has been the accepted language of global business for decades and is increasingly, inexorably, becoming the common tongue on social media. What does this mean for language in general, and more specifically for the regional dialects fading out beneath its lengthening shadow?
Our panel includes Minae Mizumura, author of ‘The Fall of Language in the Age of English’ and ‘A True Novel’, who is fluent in English but writes in Japanese. She’s joined by Javed Majeed, author of ‘Muhammad Iqbal: Islam, Aesthetics and Postcolonialism’ and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at King’s College London. Up for discussion is the influence of English and its effect on worldwide languages, both over time and in the ever evolving digital realm. Ralph Dartford chairs.