On 10/03/2016 17:42, John Wood wrote:
>> As a benchmark, we have the Norman invasion of England from which we can
>> see that a ruling elite cannot force their language on an established
>> minority and the result is that we now speak "English" and not French.
> How do we explain that English is the common tongue in so many foreign
> countries today, many a result of colonialism, and where the original
> colonials were of a significant minority when compared the native
> Maybe the difference with the Norman Invasion was that it was the
> replacement of the ruling class which had little real interaction with
> the Saxon populace, or wish to change them.
If you've ever been to Denmark and tried to speak Danish, you'll know
that they all speak English (even five year olds).
That is not because of any invasion but because of technology and the
dominance of English language publishing, tv, & film. Before that
English was dominant because of the British empire and because it was
the language of international commerce and travel. The modern era is
unique in the way technology has changed the linguistic landscape of the