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Post  captn_lee on Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:38 am

In the Early Modern English period, we see the beginning of the exportation of the English language beyond Britain. Where and how was the language exported?
It was not until 1660 that the monarchy was restored in the person of Charles II. During his reign England expanded its territorial holdings into Africa, and the English annexed the new Netherlands in America, where they renamed New Amsterdam as New York.
After Queen Anne succeeded William III in 1702 the Union of England and the Scotland as Great Britain was formed (1707). Following this, in the reign of George I, Ireland too, was declared inseparable from England, though the Act of Union of Great Britain and Ireland was not signed until 1801. Despite Scottish and Irish resistance, the English maintained their colonial grasp on these countries until the modern period. This had important consequences both for then English and for the indigenous languages of these countries.
During the revolution, countries which needed this new industrial knowledge could access it most directly via medium of English, and this again strengthened the position of the language internationally.(Fennel p.137)
The development of technology in the age of steam often quite literally went side by side with the spread of English, when rail tracks were laid, telegraph cables were laid along with them. Since English was the language which the telegraph system was developed, English became the international language of all telegraph operators. This early use in international communications clearly paved the way for the use of English in radio and telecommunications at a larger stage. (p.257)

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