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Numbers of English (as mother- and additional-tongue) speakers

I made this paper for discussions with learners of English as a newly encountered language. Who are learners most likely to use English with? native- or additional-language speakers? The dot figures are from a post on the blog, Little Malcom's Swimming Pool. The blogger got the figures from Michael Erard's 2008 article in the New Scientist.


The discussions are meant to help learners see the value of Ogden's Basic English world list system and I.A. Richards's English Through Pictures textbook series.


I used emacs org-mode, gnuplot, and inkscape to re-present the numbers and add some text and pictures.

Words and numbers by the red dots do not appear in the Media Goblin preview. The Country names and Speaker numbers do appear in the original file, and when downloaded.


3 years, 7 months ago

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