The Lingua-Cultura Experience
Thank you Avishta Seeras for sharing this awesome
information on Happy English Language Day!
Coalition for Language Rights
Saturday, April 23rd
Sharing from Avishta Seeras
“Language Days at the United Nations” was established
by the United Nations in 2010 “to celebrate multilingualism
and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of
all six of its official working languages throughout the organisation”.
April 23 was chosen to mark both the birthday and the death
anniversary of William Shakespeare, the most famous playwright
and poet of the English language. Shakespeare greatly influenced
the English language during the 16th and 17th centuries and
contributed hundreds of new words and phrases to the language.
About the English language and English-based creole languages
English is a West Germanic language of the Indo-European
language family which has been influenced by several other languages including Latin.
There are over 30 English dialects and several varieties of
the language in the world. There are over 1.4 billion English speakers
in the world
– L1 speakers: over 372 million
– L2 speakers: over 1 billion
More interestingly, there are over 76.5 million speakers of English
based creole languages in the world. Over 40 different English-based
creole languages are spoken in the world today.
Most were formed in British colonies centuries ago and are
predominantly found in the Americas, Africa and parts of Asia
Some of the most spoken English-based creole languages include
Jamaican English Creole or Patois, Trinidadian Creole, Gullah
(USA), Nigerian Pidgin, Ghanaian Pidgin, Hawaiian Pidgin,
Tok Pisin (Papua New Guinea) and Singlish (Singapore).