The status of the English language has changed drastically since the time of Samuel John’s Dictionary (1755) to Macaulay’s and Ray’s call for English language education in India in the sense that the English language now is no longer just a language, but a ‘state of mind’. The English language at first was sloppy, but through time it became the language of the Western hemisphere and of development.
The English language plays a vital role in American and British identity. Although, the American accent sounds very different from a British accent, the colonists may have changed the English language to distinguish it from the British, but they also kept it as a reminder of something to strive for. The English language is what gave America a culture of democracy, freedom, and liberty that they had not had before.
In class (3/3/2017), we discussed a thesis about Johnson, Macaulay, and Ray and how it can be improvised. The example thesis stated that Johnson, Macaulay, and Ray considered the English language as an imperialist language which is a language that would rule other cultures. This not a bad idea, but there’s more to that. English has evolved so much that it is no longer just a language, but a ‘state of mind’. When the British colonists invaded other lands they didn’t just leave behind their language, but culture and ideas. They left their trademark, and this trademark brought forth ideas into developing nations. The English language also helped the British because now they had some common ground with the natives. For instance, India has elections and is far more democratic than its neighboring Arab nations that use Arab as the official language yet are far less democratic and less developed. Another example, is Canada and the U.S. are leaders of the free world, and both were territories of Britain whereas Mexico belonged to Spain. Spain took from Mexico yet never gave them nothing in return whereas Britain gave the U.S. ideas and enlightenment.