Undoubtedly, English has gone on to acquire lingua franca status in international business, worldwide diplomacy, and science.
Nevertheless, the success of English – or indeed any language – as a “universal” language comes with a hefty price, in terms of vulnerability. Problems arise when English is a second language to either speakers, listeners, or both. No matter how proficient they are, their own understanding of English, and their first (or “native”) language can change what they believe is being said.
Read the whole study taken by Guillaume Thierry (professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Bangor University), click here.
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