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Tomasz Poznanski

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Will we eventually have one global language?

Lately, I found myself wondering whether we are slowly sailing towards one global language. If you take a closer look at the current linguistic processes around the world, you will quickly notice that there is a limited number of languages that substantially influence all other languages. Such media like the Internet only intensify this process.

If we assume that English shall continue to spread and make such a tremendous impact worldwide, is it prudent to say that our languages are gradually melting into one? Will they transform overtime to the extent that despite using different languages we will be able to understand each other?

Or are we evolving to bilingualism/multilingualism? Our mother tongue will be retained, but the "overlord" language will be required to fully participate in the global affairs.

Would it make our everyday existence easier, or - on the other hand - would losing other languages trigger a decline in culture-dependent thought diversity?
(see linguistic relativity or Sapir-Whorf hypothesis for details)

Please share your thoughts.

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  • Nov 12 2013: See i doubt other countries will adopt the English language even though many of them have already. other countries like China and Japan are usually traditional with language and such. Look at china and their rules already they are very strict about traditions and keeping them. So even though many countries are converting to English I do not think every country will eventually speak the same language.
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      Nov 14 2013: Well, it does not necessarily have to be English. It would be exceedingly difficult to predict now what language it might be, but in general, do you think it is an inevitable direction to blend all verbal communication systems into one? Or at least they will be densely packed.

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