English is no more an Imperial Language

The English Language developed and expanded all around the world under the colonial pressure of the British Imperialism. Even after the departure of the British from the colonies, the colonized could not completely abandon the imperial language. English language which was initially thrust upon the colonized and was considered to be a sign of slavery later became a mediator language. It soon attained a status of the Lingua Franca for those who emigrated from the colonized country to the other. What was left by the British as a sign of imperialism and dominance ultimately became a tool in the hands of the colonized for ensuring global communication.
English today is like a shadow. It chases you. You can’t escape by making excuses. One has to adapt, welcome and foster the language for one’s own future prospects. Today no one is ignorant of the importance of this language. It has grown powerful and belligerent. Perhaps more powerful than it was in the colonial rule itself. But it has forced itself on other languages in such a manner that many native languages have lost their identity. This may be termed by some scholars as a loss of culture which is a sensitive issue. In the 13 th century Latin language the enjoyed the same status as is of the English language today. It has become an international standard to use English language for research and scholarship. Itisnolongeranimperiallanguage.

Blog by –
Prof. Jayesh Mehta
Assistant Professor of English
SKIPS, Ahmedabad.

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