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one world lingua??? (was Re: Genders (was Re: Ladan and woman'sspeak_)

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 7, 2000, 4:32
Jonathan Chang wrote:
> IMHO I think an Afrikaans Pidgin > has a better chance of spreading in Africa than Swahili
Perhaps, but Swahili has been crowding out other languages thru-out Eastern Africa.
> But I think there will not be one single language > chosen/developed/evolved that will be a global lingua franca.
I'm talking very distant future, like 10-15 centuries from now. in the less-distant future, I could see the world containing a dozen or so languages, mostly languages spoken over large regions, like English, Arabic, Spanish [probably a Portuguese-influenced Spanish], etc., as well as languages with large numbers of speakers, e.g., Mandarin. At any rate, it's undeniable that there'll be fewer languages in the future than now, assuming that civilization doesn't collapse.
> BUT at the same time it is also one of the languages with the most > mutational varieties, i.e. ranging from BBC Standard English to Hindilish to > Tok Pisin).
Certainly there would continue to be regional dialects, but I suspect that, in an advanced world with easy communication and travel, with people from all over mingling, a single language with minimal variation would eventually win out. Whatever language is the lingua franca (by that point, English may very well lose that position) would probably be the winner. Of course, it would be greatly influenced by the other languages. -- "If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God!" - Ralph Waldo Emerson "Glassín wafilái pigasyúv táv pifyániivav nadusakyáavav sussyáiyatantu wawailáv ku suslawayástantu ku usfunufilpyasváditanva wafpatilikániv wafluwáiv suttakíi wakinakatáli tiDikáufli!" - nLáf mÁldu nÍmasun ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor