In this context, English is presented as the global language or lingua franca necessary for global intercommunication. Colombia like many other countries, is identified as the passive recipient of English as a primary means for entry and subsequent stay in this global village. Although this is seen in some circles as a gate to competition is important to recognize that any language, linked to a national culture and recognized as the lingua franca of globalization generates linguistic imperialism, which establish linguistic ghettos where culture and knowledge are affected.
It can be argued that a lingua franca should by no means be considered as a homogenizing factor, which causes cultural differences to disappear. Is this true, that the ever-increasing use of a lingua franca throughout the world offers a medium to express and explain these differences. However the different languages around the world come together with a national culture, i.e. present cultural symbolic elements of different societies to which they belong. That means that accepting a language in a society produces linguistic imperialism where the language is not seen as a structured semiotic code but as a language that carry on economic, political and social components.
Furthermore, linguistic imperialism means the extinction of the linguistic diversity, because there are st...
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...ural cultures is inevitable that the languages don’t bring with them components that generate many disadvantages. On the other hand, although the idea of a lingua franca is probably a good opportunity for a global communication; the real problem is when this idea becomes an obstacle for many people. Now for instance the teaching English has become a massive international business, leaded from USA and UK. But nowadays with the technology and its great progress is inevitable that research and studies cannot build a project of truly effective simultaneous translator. Google Translate for example, has shown that it is possible to obtain a pretty close translation of the original message and this can be improved, meaning that the future generations will come to see English as something like calligraphy or Latin: prestigious and traditional, but increasingly dispensable.
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