SOURCE: Global Language Monitor

April 30, 2008 20:30 ET

"A Million Words and Counting" How Global English Is Rewriting the World

The Million Word March Stands Just Short of the Million Word Mark

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - April 30, 2008) - Never before in the history of the world has a single language held as dominant a position as English does today. Over a billion people can now read this sentence -- think about that for a minute.

With a mind-boggling 25 percent of the world speaking English, that's a lot of sources for new words to be added to this global language, which brings us to another awesome statistic: according to author Paul J.J. Payack, the founding president of the Global Language Monitor (, English will adopt its millionth word in 2008.

"A MILLION WORDS AND COUNTING" is a joyful exploration of English as it spreads across the globe, as it is spoken today, and as it expands into the future. In each chapter of this entertaining linguistic survey, Payack examines the many sources of new English words, including the realms of politics and entertainment, business and technology, the Internet and youth culture, as well as the contributions of other nations and cultures. This book will delight readers by presenting the many threads that contribute to the global tapestry of English. It will also undoubtedly stir debate and hopefully enrich the larger discussion about the way we communicate around the world.

PAUL J. J. PAYACK is the founding president of both the Global Language Monitor and Together, these two language sites receive millions of page views a month and are used as resources by major universities and other institutions worldwide. As a word analyst, Payack provides analysis on the global media, on words and the impact of language on various aspects of culture. He has been interviewed by scores of electronic and print media on six continents.

The Million Word March currently stands just short of the million-word mark. The English Language has some 1.35 billion speakers as a first, second or auxiliary language.

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How Global English is Rewriting the World
By Paul J. J. Payack
Citadel Press, Hardcover, May 2008
ISBN-13: 978-0-8065-2857-1
$19.95/$25.95 (CAN)

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