22nd October, 2016 (CSAT)


English is generally acknowledged to be the world’s most important language. It is perhaps worth trying to understand briefly the basis for such an evaluation. There are, after all, thousands of languages in the world and each seems to be uniquely important to those who speak it as their native language, the language they acquired at their mother’s knee. But there are some objective standards to judge the relative importance of languages.

One criterion is the number of speakers of the language. A second is the extent to which a language is geographically dispersed, in how many continents and countries is it used or is its knowledge necessary. A third is its functional load how extensive is the range of purposes for which it is used In particular, to what extent is it the medium for highly valued cultural manifestations such as science or literature? A fourth is the economic and political influence of the native speakers of the language.


1. Consider the following statements regarding the English Language

I. It is used in many countries.

II. It is the most useful language of the world.

III. It is studied as a second language in India.

IV. It is the language of the British.

Which of the above statements is the reason for the author wanting to evaluate its importance?

(a) Only II

(b) Only I

(c) I and II

(d) I, II and III


2. Consider the following statements regarding the speakers of a language

I. They do not like other languages.

II. They have learnt it from their childhood.

III. They consider their language as the most important.

IV. They all want to learn English.

Which of the above statements is/are borne out in the passage?

(a) II and III

(b) I, II and IV

(c) I, II and IV

(d) All of these

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