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Speaking of English: a BBC Interview with Anthony Burgess (around 1987)



Interviewer : " Anthony Burgess is noted as a brilliant user of language, indeed he recently said that Britain’s greatest contribution to civilization was the English language. I asked him what he meant. "


A.B. : " This language has spread all over the world, of course, not through any intrinsic merit, people have not said " What a great language, let us choose it. " It’s just an accident of history but it is a language worthy to spread all over the world, far more worthy, say, than the German language. "


Interviewer :  " Why ? "


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