Casey Pye

Orange Park, FL, United States

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Casey Pye
Posted almost 4 years ago
Mark Pagel asks: Can we really afford to have all these different languages in this modern globalized world?
Yes, we can afford to have different languages in our ‘modern’ world. I would venture to say that we can’t afford to lose the ones we currently possess. Each language is a specialized tool to express a cultures ambitions and desires. To lose a language is akin to losing a culture with all of its inherent strengths and weaknesses. In the U.S. we have the unfortunate tendency to be mono-lingual and expect others to share this value. Most other countries do not have the luxury (and I use that term lightly) of being so ethnocentric. Indeed, it may not be necessary to develop a common language, considering the development of emergent language technologies. For instance, services such as ‘google translate’ already are closing the gap between languages(and such technologies are only in their infancy!).
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Casey Pye
Posted almost 4 years ago
Is our destiny to be one world with one language?
I highly doubt we are headed towards a common language, mono-linguistic world. Language diversity has always been diverse and I imagine it will always be so. That said, it does not mean that there will not be a dominant language for such things as business and science, as seen currently with the English language. It would be interesting to see a language specifically developed for the purpose of being a universally understood while avoiding favoring only certain countries.