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Achmedino wrote:I think just about any language will get closer to english (or whatever the lingua franca will be in a couple of years), as globalization continues. I think more loan words will be used and the youth will use more english (since it's considered to be kinda cool over here.).
Levente.Maier wrote:I really doubt that everybody will speak the same language.
linguoboy wrote:Language serves many other purposes besides intercommunication. It's a major component of personal identity, and people will always feel a need to distinguish themselves from other groups of people. Moreover, as translation utilities become more and more sophisticated, the need for every person to be multilingual decreases.
morlader wrote:But will nationalism still exist in 1,000 years?
morlader wrote:There are other ways of expressing personal identity besides language. Look at English, we can still be British, American, Canadian, Australian, Irish and New Zealander and all speak the same language.
morlader wrote:Being an official language of a country is no guarantee that a language will see continuous use in that area. Look at the smaller European countries which are switching to English for university education. Look at the city councils which offer local government services in immigrant languages. Look at the monopoly of English in science.
Levente.Maier wrote:Talk about the future of that language that you're studying
and not about what will be the next lingua franca.
Yasna wrote:It will be fascinating to see what the linguistic implications will be once we colonize the rest of our solar system. What languages will be spoken in other parts of the system and how will those languages evolve and interact with Earth languages?
Luke wrote:I have been thinking on this a lot and I can't get to conclusions. I'm writing science fiction stories set in a colonized solar system (although most of humanity lives in the inner solar system anyway for energetic reasons), and I can't decide what languages are the character's mother tongues and what they're supposed to be speaking. And I don't want to go to the obvious with strong majority languages of today.
The only thing I decided is that there wasn't a strong defined lingua franca and that many small languages had been readopted and expanded. But I don't know what else to do. I've thought, that since in-universe people have an indefinite lifespan and has been like this for a while, language evolution would be really slow, but I'm not even sure about that. I think that if people live in small orbital worlds in the inner solar system, each one could have might develop its own linguistic community from a particular language, while others might be multilinguistic and mixed, specially in the outer solar system. But that's just my imagination.
Luke wrote:What would you say is the future of Persian?
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