Native English speakers' authority in English

  title={Native English speakers' authority in English},
  author={Ying Wang},
  journal={English Today},
  pages={35 - 40}
  • Y. Wang
  • Published 2015
  • Sociology
  • English Today
Given the unprecedented spread of English, native English speakers (NESs) have been estimated to number 508 million by 2050 (Graddol, 1997: 27), while a bold estimation of speakers of English is 2 billion by 2050 (Crystal, 2008: 4–5). The international demographic profile of English presents a scenario whereby the development of English depends on how this language is used by non-native English speakers (NNESs), who are obviously in the majority for English use (e.g. Brumfit, 2001: 116; Crystal… Expand
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