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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: Henrik, May I revisit this? I was pondering the difference between your question as stated in the short version over your last paragraph. I think the scientifically best language will probably assert itself over time. The language of the dominant populace in the area becomes a de facto "lingua Franca" over time. English had asserted itself as the language of science since the late 40's, but our stubborn refusal to switch to metric and our sliding education system have allowed that to begin a strong slide as well. What language do YOU think is the current dominant language? I still think it is English but interesting trends have started peeking out as People from Asian nations are starting to insist that business be conducted in their language as a show of dominance.
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      Nov 22 2011: Im honored! And you understood my question. I was about to delete this post since I realize my failure to communicate in english what I actually was asking about (ironically).

      I haven't decided the master language yet, and Im even curious if we can make a superior language. English is clearly good, but as I mentioned Greek is supposedly a better armor for speech production.

      So I ask myself; what is the most rich language, with well understood, logical grammar, which is easy to learn? Grenglish? The new baby of Greek and English!!!

      Seriously I have no idea, I just thought this was interesting and I would love to speak to a linguistic researcher about exploring ideas. The real question is of course whether its needed. One might explorer it just for the fun of it and we might even get clues to speech production and comprehension through a language adventure!

      I think patriotism and egocentricity is an dominant enemy of such an idea. I understand learning chinese will benefit business and the connection between west and east, but I would not consider a language without "R" a superior language. Its certainly an interesting language.
      • Nov 23 2011: You seem to have forgotten Esperanto which was designed to be an easy to pronounce and use European SECOND language. It has simple standard plurals, regular verbs, regular numbers, takes the dominant forms or commonest word roots for its words and does not use letter combinations that are hard or confusing for those of particular mother tongues. It uses a trick to make learning the vocabulary simply, by using suffixes and affixes added to a root word to express related concepts.

        For example in English we have, kintergarten, primary school, college, university, teacher, pupil, master, student, undergraduate, lecturer, etc etc etc. In Esperanto the method would be like this, take a root like 'learn', then there would be, learnerplace, biglearnerplace, learner, advancedlearner, qualifiedlearner, learnerinstructor, littlelearner. Looks ugly transposed to English, but in Esperanto, where the affixes are short and apply to all other root words it looks and sounds fine. A few core root words and the standard set of add ons, gives a huge vocabulary for a small amount of memorising, When children learn Esperanto at school, it builds confidence in reading, learning other languages, and boosts intelligence, because all the randomness, speculation and uncertainty is removed because all vowel sounds are regular, all pronounciations and spellings are certain, and no plurals or tenses endings can be wrong. The fear of being wrong is removed. No more of the, 'one mouse two mice', 'one sheep two sheep', 'one cow two cows', nonsenses, or 'I am, you are, he is', 'you will be', complexities. Never was introduced for political reasons, but there is a dedicated band of about 6,000,000 speakers worldwide who carry on in hope.

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