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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: Yep, and it's God's worst nightmare too.
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      Nov 14 2013: Right Gerald ,
      Look at the grief He had to give us the last time.

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        Nov 14 2013: - The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

        How do Christians defend that bit? I've always wondered.
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          Nov 18 2013: Don't understand the need to defend. Mankind was instructed to fill the earth. We decided to stay together; God twisted our arm a bit. It worked, now we fill the planet.
          Where do you think the languages came from?

          :-)
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        Nov 18 2013: I'm tempted to reply languages evolved, but doubt that you're a big fan of the E word. You believe languages were God given, all languages different as are every animal species, with no common ancestry?
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          Nov 19 2013: You saying they evolved is just like me saying god did it. Lol. Doesn't really get us anywhere. The origins of language is a bit of a mystery; leaving aside biblical faith; there are many theories, but nothing concrete.
          To the question. The trend is certainly for less languages, but my perspective is that we won't be around long enough, as a species, to reduce it to one language.
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        Nov 19 2013: " You saying they evolved is just like me saying god did it."

        Yes, although it implies that God does things exactly the way evolution would : blindfolded.
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          Nov 19 2013: Evolution would start from simple & defective & improve.
          Creation would start perfect & degenerate.
          If we are on a middle rung, how do you decide whether we're going up or down ?

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        Nov 19 2013: Evolution is not synonymous to improvement. And there is no such thing as a middle rung for things with no definite ending.
        However, species as much as languages have been witnessed to come into existence, and the process of how it's done is well understood.
        But never mind science, you've excited my curiosity : if perfect things degenerate over time, does God?
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          Nov 19 2013: Science says very loudly that everything degenerates over time.
          God is a spirit (as are you, but within a body); Mr. Einstien et al will tell you that time only affects items with mass. Therefore God is totally unaffected by time. In fact He created it.
          So, no, He will not degenerate, neither will you; only your material packaging.

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        Nov 19 2013: You raise ever more questions!

        1/ What's the difference between my spirit and God, then?

        2/ Are you saying God existed before the existence of time?
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          Nov 19 2013: 1) The bible describes you as being in God's image. You are also described as His child. What exactly that means I'm not sure, but the prospect sure has me animated.

          2) Yes, God made time along with the material universe. Material & time are co-dependant according to current scientific theory.

          God is eternal, He had no beginning, He will have no end. The material universe seems to have both.

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        Nov 19 2013: 1/ You seem to take the Bible's word for it. Yet there is no mention that "in God's image" refers to something non-physical such as a spirit, and the distinction of male and female is troubling in this regards. If you could comment on that.
        2/ Are other zero-mass objects eternal, since "time only affects items with mass" ?
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          Nov 19 2013: If we were created "in God's image" then I reckon that's how we remain (ie: spirit beings of consciousness). "I am as God created me"; it is impossible to be anything different.

          In which case the physical world of duality (eg: male/female, etc) is at a completely different "impossible" level and can only "exist" inasmuch as an illusion or a dream "exists" (ie: not at all, it's just an illusion, though at the illusion-level it is full of tragedies, heroic achievements and the whole story of human endeavour).

          And time is one of the greatest illusion-tricks ever.
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          Nov 20 2013: Gerald.
          Seems to me that as God is an eternal, omnipresent, spiritual being the our 'likeness' must refer to similarities in our spiritual makeup. Of course He came to earth in a human body to die for us, but that's another story.
          Male & female only relates to our material body, our spirits are, I think, asexual. It's like whether you drive an auto, or a manual box, car. It's a temporary thing of little relevance.
          You really need to check out relativity elsewhere, I only understand the basics necessary to understand my bible.
          You are right, that I trust the bible. It is demonstrably a message system from a supernatural source, awesome.
          We're getting off topic. If you want to continue go to...
          http://www.ted.com/themes/is_there_a_god.html

          :-)

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