one world lingua??? (was Re: Genders (was Re: Ladan and woman's speak_)
|From:||Jonathan Chang <zhang2323@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, June 7, 2000, 4:17|
In a message dated 2000/06/07 03:32:22 AM, Nik wrote:
>I've been thinking lately about that. It does seem possible that at
>some point in the future, only one language will be spoken on Earth.
>English seems to be the most likely candidate, but Spanish has a good
>chance too, if Latin America becomes an economic superpower, or perhaps
>Swahili if Africa becomes a major economic power.
Don't rule out Bahasa Indonesia (& Malay). Bahasa Indonesia has close to
30 million mothertongue speakers & almost that many non-native speakers. It
seems to be growing in influence as Indonesia becomes more & more developed.
Malay has 160 million speakers (official language estimate).
[note in re: to Africa & Swahili : the Malay/Indonesian peoples are more
unified linguistically, culturally, etc. in comparasion with the
tribal/neo-tribal Africans. If anything, I hope the multi-racial/multi-tribal
South Africans eventually take over all of Africa, create an "United
Confederation of African States & Tribes". IMHO I think an Afrikaans Pidgin
has a better chance of spreading in Africa than Swahili (personal note: I
have relatives in South Africa & Zimbabwe & Egypt.)]
But I think there will not be one single language
chosen/developed/evolved that will be a global lingua franca. There may be an
_auxiliary_ language & it seems English -or several variations & mutations of
English - are already steadily taking this position. . . for better &/or
worse (I won't simplify the situation, but English is an imperialistic tongue
- once a colonialist language, now it invades other cultures via commerce &
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