#497. 5分で分かる英語の歴史と統計[link][statistics][reestablishment_of_english][dictionary][elf]


 こんな英語学習サイトを見つけた.English Language: All about the English language.この手のサイトは多数あるが,トップに英語史と英語の統計情報が簡単にまとまっているので目を引いた.

 ・ English language History
 ・ English language Statistics

 前者の英語史の解説文の "Middle English" の節で,中英語期の英語の復権 ( see reestablishment_of_english ) がノルマン・コンクェスト後の50年くらいで早々と始まっていたという記述があった.

Various contemporary sources suggest that within fifty years most of the Normans outside the royal court had switched to English, with French remaining the prestige language largely out of social inertia. For example, Orderic Vitalis, a historian born in 1075 and the son of a Norman knight, said that he only learned French as a second language.

 英語の統計については本ブログでも statistics の各記事で取り上げてきたが,以下のものは驚きこそしないが,私にとって初耳だった.

 ・ English is the language of navigation, aviation and of Christianity; it is the ecumenical language of the World Council of Churches
 ・ Five of the largest broadcasting companies in the world (CBS, NBC, ABC, BBC and CBC) transmit in English, reaching millions and millions of people all over the world
 ・ Of the 163 member nations of the U.N., more use English as their official language than any other. . . . After English, 26 nations in the U.N. cite French as their official tongue, 21 Spanish and 17 Arabic.
 ・ People who count English as their mother tongue make up less than 10% of the world's population, but possess over 30% of the world's economic power

 ただし,全体的に典拠は示されていない.また,2010年現在の国連加盟国は192カ国であり,上記の3点目の163カ国に基づく統計は1990年くらいの時点での数値かもしれない( see United Nations member States - Growth in United Nations membership, 1945-present ) .

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