While many around the world argue that globalization and the loss of language will diminish cultural diversity, others believe there are good reasons to think that globalization will foster multilingualism and diversity. Robert Alan Silverstein, an American writer and social activist, explains, “Globalization has helped to make the world a smaller place. But it has also contributed to the loss of many languages around the world.” There are those who agree with him. For example, Angela Carter stated, “Language is power, life, and the instrument of culture, the instrument of domination and liberation.” Others have a decidedly different view: Ludwig Wittgenstein stated, “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world” and Federico Fellini believed “a different language is a different vision of life.”
Watch the TEDtalk video, Patricia Ryan: Don’t insist on English! Then, read the article, “The Dynamics of Cultural Globalization. The Myths of Cultural Globalization.”
In this discussion, we will briefly debate the issue. Find your assigned debate group by first letter of last name below:
Globalization will foster multilingualism and diversity.
Globalization will foster multilingualism and diversity because it rewards individuals with educational and job opportunities and a potentially higher status in their own communties. It encourages tourism and diverity in food, music, religion, access to many other opportunities. Globalization emerges global culture which organizes cultural diversity worldwide. “Global structures organize diversity. While different cultures continue to be quite distinct and varied, they are becoming different in very uniform ways. Most of the global categories and standards circulating today originate in the West, but spread because people everyw