Two thousand million?

@article{Crystal2008TwoTM,
  title={Two thousand million?},
  author={David Crystal},
  journal={English Today},
  year={2008},
  volume={24},
  pages={3 - 6}
}
  • D. Crystal
  • Published 22 February 2008
  • Art
  • English Today
ABSTRACT Updates on the statistics of English. Starting with excerpt from David Crystal, How many millions use English? (ET1, 1985). The author says: Reading this article again, that almost a quarter of a century on, the most noticeable change, it seems to me, has been in the amount and colour of the author's hair! That aside, I am struck by my final comment: ‘I shall stay with this figure for a while’ – a billion. It appears I stayed with it for a decade. In the first edition of my English as… 
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