rationale for current English spelling patterns. This influence of English has led to concerns about language death, and to claims of linguistic imperialism, and has provoked resistance to the spread of English; however the number of speakers continues to increase because many people around the. via ScienceDirect (Subscription may be required or content may be available in libraries.) Burridge, Kate (2010). For other uses, see, english (disambiguation). Modern English developed mainly from Mercian, but the Scots language developed from Northumbrian. But it is not mutually intelligible with any of those languages. Globish uses a relatively small subset of English vocabulary (about 1500 words with highest use in international business English) in combination with the standard English grammar. It is estimated that there are over 2 billion speakers of English. The Times of India. International Civil Aviation Organization (2011). A b Finkenstaedt, Thomas; Dieter Wolff (1973). The distinctions between English as a first language, as a second language, and as a foreign language are often debatable and may change in particular countries over time. It has also become by far the most norske eskortepiker kåt kvinne important language of international communication when people who share no native language meet anywhere in the world. Lenis consonants are partly voiced at the beginning and end of utterances, and fully voiced between vowels. The same applies in clauses requiring inversion, including most questionsinversion must involve the subject and an auxiliary verb, so it is not possible to say *Know you him?