Originally Posted by surayahamdan
Well, not everyone apparently. I'm not sure where you're going with that.
Before I reply you let me quote an article from http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/lingua-franca.html
"Even if you expect the majority of your readers to understand your native language, you may be tempted to use English when writing e.g. about research work. Usually researchers all over the world know English and use it a lot, and often the relevant terminology is more stable and well-known in English than in your own language. Thus, to maximize the number of interested people that can understand your text, you often select English even if the great majority of your readers have the same native language as you."
^This is exactly what ReCom is doing right now.
Alright, now back to you. What I'm trying to say is a lingua franca will not cause us to completely ignore literatures of other languages. Lingua franca ≠ rendering other languages obsolete. On the contrary, it initiates cultural exchange because there's a common language!
Also, I believe more people will be interested in delving into the original form of the literature if they can first access the English translation. The easiest example would be Japanese anime/manga. If not for the English translations there wouldn't be an anime/manga boom all over the world followed by the surge of interest in Japanese culture.
Even if Mandarin becomes the next lingua franca the only things that'll be different are international relations will primarily use Mandarin and there will be far more materials written in or translated into Chinese due to, again, convenience and reaching a wider audience. So if that happens will you start saying Mandarin is causing us to ignore English literature? I doubt so. As long as other languages still have a strong number of users, the lingua franca can never entirely wipe them out. Never forget that one can be proficient in both the lingua franca and his native language... Anyway, since English is in fact the current global language it's highly encouraged to be proficient in it.