Absolute English

Science once communicated in a polyglot of tongues, but now English rules alone. How did this happen – and at what cost?

"... contemporary science is monoglot: everyone uses English almost to the exclusion of other languages. A century ago, the majority of researchers in Western science knew at least some English, but they also read, wrote and spoke in French and German, and sometimes in other ‘minor’ languages, such as the newly emergent Russian or the rapidly fading Italian".

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