International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

Study on Colonialism of English and Spanish Language
Bangjie Chen

Language colonialism is a cultural phenomenon that the language of colonizers is imposed on people in the colonies and gradually becomes the dominant language. The essence of language colonialism is a deliberate attempt to eliminate the inferior culture. As the core of cultural colonialism, language colonialism has played a significant role in the activities of English and Spanish colonization from 16 century to 18 century. With the advancement of global economy and science and technology, language colonialism has helped the integration of different nations and cultures to some extent. However, in the process of language colonialism, many countries and nations were forced to abandon their own languages and cultures. This article explores the colonialism of English and Spanish language from the perspective of the background and motivation of language colonialism and the language policies in the America as well as the influence on the post-colonial people and culture.

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