The globalisation of American English

There’s a piece in today’s Guardian here:

Do you want fries with that? Data shows Americanization of English is rising

on the use of Google Ngram Viewer to document the spread of American English. It includes a link to the original paper.



About adrianstenton

Adrian Stenton is a PhD candidate at Leiden University Centre for Linguistics and is currently investigating number concord in the species noun phrase. Adrian is part of the project Bridging the Unbridgeable: linguists, prescriptivists and the general public, which is supervised by Prof Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade.
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3 Responses to The globalisation of American English

  1. Morana Lukač says:

    I’ve just run a search for ‘fries’ in the new spoken British National Corpus 2014 — the word is mentioned twice as often as in the original BNC dating from 1994 :)

    • lynneguist says:

      There will also be many more instances of ‘burrito’ and ‘pulled pork’. This is evidence of import of foreign foods, not necessarily evidence of “Americanization” of the language.

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