International aviation and the English language

Date:         20 Jan 98 01:29:48 
From:         procida@cardiff.ac.uk (D.M. Procida)
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On a BBC radio programme this evening about the spread of English around
the world one of the subjects discussed was aviation. While English is
the _de facto_ language of international aviation, it cannot officially
be accepted as such. This is because certain countries are sensitive
about the status of their own language. As a result, the IATA rule-book
(at least, I believe they said IATA) says something like: "English
should be used pending the development of a more suitable mode of
expression for universal use."

I'd like to find out more about this. Does anyone have any information,
or is there somewhere I could look?

Thanks,

Daniele
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