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What is the 'language instinct'?

In the early 1960s the linguist and cognitive scientist Noam Chomsky developed a theory which became known as universal grammar. The posited that we are born with the innate capacity to master a language.

What is Globish?

Globish  in British( Ɡləʊbɪʃ) noun
simplifiedversion of English used by non-nativespeakers, consisting of the most common words and phrases only Collins English Dictionary Globish is a term invented by a French business man, Jean-Paul Nerriere, to describe the subset of English used in communication between non-native speakers.

How many French words in English?

Though English is an Anglo-Saxon language, more than 29% of all English words come directly or indirectly from French. 

Thanks to the Norman Conquest, English speakers who have never studied French should recognise at least 10,000 French words. Read MoreDownload French Words in English Worksheet
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Crossword of French words in English

What is kabuki theatre? How is this term used in politics?

Kabuki theatre is classical Japanese dance-drama, with very stylised action, masks and heavy make-up. It dates back to the early 17th century and is sometimes translated as 'the art of singing and dancing'. 

Why did English become the 'global language'?

English is the world's leading lingua franca or second language (see L2 speakers in the table below). According to David Crystal, this has nothing to do with its inherent qualities. Other linguists disagree:
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