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Henrik Martenzon

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Choosing the scientifically best language for international use?

This is not meant to be on a individual basis. I encourage everyone to explore their linguistic capabilities.

I have heard several people talking about the greatness of languages and the awe of human language capacity. I agree on language as a great phenomenon and it should be widely studied. However Im certain there are better languages than others (English is as a fact, better than Swedish). How do I know this? English has a more words, more descriptive language, and its spreading like a virus while the native swedish words are replaced progressively with better words such as "Cash, team, topic, share, community, etc.

I have tried to learn Polish and realize that Polish has one fierce enemy: vowels. The polish languages make little use of vowels and therefore it is much harder to learn how to pronounce words when the platform of vowels is to tell the reader which sound to put where. Clearly Polish is not the superior language in this sense.

Some languages such as Greek has been said to be the perfect start for learning all other languages. Mainly because its components matches those of a wide variety of sounds we humans can produce. Its a very rich, sounding, language Ive been told.

My question is, for the sake of uniting mankind, should we perhaps strive to narrow are languages to assert the best ones for international use? I mean English is dominating followed be Spanish. Perhaps we should learn Greek and then English? I am bit disturbed by the use of all nordic languages on warning sign and similar when traveling in northern region. Use english and no confusion will emerge.

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    Nov 22 2011: What about sign language?
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      Nov 22 2011: Are you referring to body language or signature language used by death people? I looked up the definition and got confused.
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        Nov 22 2011: Sign language used by deaf people.
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          Nov 22 2011: I haven't read anything scientific about it, but I can always speculate. My guess is that certain signs are more directly depicting innate associations in us humans. I do however believe this is too difficult to pursue research on in respect to the gain. Its to easy to create associations to signs as to figure out which gesture is the most easiest linked to the wanted association. Which is exactly what language is built on.
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        Nov 22 2011: Yeah I think you're right about the associations between signs and objects/actions. Definitely a point for sign language to becoming the international language.

        How do you feel about Esperanto? Do you think a construct like that is useful? I think it's not. I feel like language cannot be scientifically designated, but rather it develops organically. We're at a point where English has developed to be the most useful language internationally, and it works! English is (I think) very easy to learn, at least structurally.

        When learning a language what's important is not learning how to use the words, but rather who you are going to use it with. When learning a language, we also learn a vast amount of things unique to the culture the language is attributed to. So really what is important when learning a new language is how it is going to be used, and who it is going to be used for, as opposed to how easy it is to learn it. For example, if you are a French CEO trying to do business with Japan, learning their language (regardless of how hard it is) will help you connect to them culturally, and understand them better.

        Rather than trying to generalize as to what languages are best to learn, this is more of a personal choice, depending on context for each person. I am, however, biased because I am a language aficionado and am fascinated by learning new ones, making connections between them and how they relate to their culture.

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