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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: I had this thought some weeks ago but I imagined what Russia would be like if it converted it's common language
    to American English. I tried to understand what the impact would be on how we see the Russians. What would change. Would we automatically include their industries and business into new trading partnerships etc. Good Question.
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      Nov 14 2013: Russia is a nice example here, but I would be more curious for North Korea or other secluded and unaccessible regions. Well, with such scattering the idea of global language seems moot, but provided that one day we live in one super megalopolis and other lands or uninhabitable, it suddenly becomes real.

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