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However, at this present moment, we are not in a position to address all the questions satisfactorily. Probably, time will tell what lies ahead of us. But one truth is already exposed: if we are to understand the natural languages in their finer details, know their entities and their nature and learn about their colourful existence and function, then we have no other alternative but to rely heavily on the evidence of their actual attested use, as manifested in various languages. To accomplish these missions, we have to develop corpora with samples of text obtained from a variety of sources of language use, analyse corpora from various angles and perspectives and discuss newly acquired data and information with new reasons.

We have to evaluate and judge its function from the perspective of its use. We have to decide how we can confer a powerful tool like language in the hands of common users so that they excel in its use, become enriched with its treasure and labour for its all-round growth through forthcoming generations. Due to easy availability of corpora and language processing tools of various kinds, we have observed quick birth and growth of a few new fields within the mainframe of linguistics, which were beyond our vision even a few decades ago.

The use of English in almost all fields of knowledge across the world, its status as the main or second language in many countries, and its use as the main language of communication among people over national borders have made it an automatic choice for scholars. Because of these reasons, English enjoys a high status of prestige and privilege, unlike other languages. Therefore, it is not surprising that we find English being used as the principle language in all linguistic research and application.

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