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English is a West German language that was first spoken in England and is now the most widely usedlanguage in the world. When the human population grew, their need for certain things grew also.Which made them create a means of communication and this has led to the language being formedand has been transmitted from generation to generation. This essay shall critically discuss the wayin which English as a world spoken language could be seen as a killer language in the context ofSouth Africa.There are theories which could explain when language first appeared. Firstly, language appearedthrough anthropological remains, and evidence could be deduced from abrupt technologicalchanges which was explored by Noam Chomsky (1986). Secondly the evolution of speech apparatus,gestural mode and the brain could be the second study. This study explored further by Corballis(2002). Everything people do when they come together, whether they play or fight, they talk. Welive in a world of language; however the English language has become a global language used toconnect the world on a global scale. Because English is so widely spoken, it has often been referredto as a "world language", the lingua Franca of the modern era (Graddol, 1997). Lingua Franca is anexisting common language used for communication between speakers of different languages, butspeaking one common language which is the case in South Africa. English is also one of the 11 officiallanguages that are given equal status in South Africa
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