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World English (was: Fictional auxlangs as artlangs)

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Monday, December 22, 2008, 17:28
<deinx nxtxr> wrote:
> > Yes, English as a world standard will erode away even the bigger of the > local languages over time as the local languages become less useful. It's > just a matter of how long it will take.
Welsh is still going well enough after some one and half millennia of coexistence with English on this small island. If Welsh can manage it, I don't see why others cannot (If I thought you & I would live long enough I was hazard a sizable wager that there will still be Welsh speakers about at the end of the current millennium).
> I'm betting on Spanish to have the > longest staying power.
I see - altho there are far more speakers of Chinese and of Hindi than there are of Spanish? Do you really think these people with their long history will supinely give way to English? Also I find it very difficult to imagine that the Arabic speaking world will simply keep Arabic for reciting the Qur'an and use English among themselves as their daily language. No - I suspect the world will remain multilingual, tho the number of languages will probably decline. -- Ray ================================== ================================== CENEDL HEB IAITH, CENEDL HEB GALON. (A nation without a language is a nation without a heart) [Welsh proverb]


Chris Peters <beta_leonis@...>
Paul Kershaw <ptkershaw@...>
<deinx nxtxr> <deinx.nxtxr@...>