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english—the lingua franca of science

english—the lingua franca of science

in this article, i take a very personal look at the role of english in today’s world of science. does the hegemony of english lead to a loss of cultural diversity? what are the advantages of a unifying language of science? are non-native-speakers of english at a disadvantage when it comes to publishing their research? in today’s globalized world, is multilingualism a drawback or an asset?


for further reading

  • english as a lingua franca: a threat to multilingualism? juliane house, journal of sociolinguistics 2003;7:556–78.


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