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Chapter 1. ONE INTERNET; MANY VOICES > NUMBERS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS

NUMBERS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS

According to Global Reach (www.glreach.com), the year 2000 saw the number of non-native English speakers outnumber the number of native English speakers on the Internet. Although the number of English speakers on the Internet continues to grow, the pace is slowing. Meanwhile, the number of non-English speakers continues to grown unabated.

English is hardly endangered; it is the lingua franca of international business and will remain so for years to come. But on the Internet, English is clearly not on the verge of becoming a universal language, at least not according to the analysts.


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