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Surtalnar wrote:As a lingua franca I see no language be able to compete in the next centuries with English.
linguoboy wrote:Surtalnar wrote:As a lingua franca I see no language be able to compete in the next centuries with English.
That's just it: You often don't see these kinds of changes coming. How many people predicted the rise of English a century before it happened?
Russian: It's use as second language is massively falling in the last year and also the number of native speakers is about to shrink
Surtalnar wrote:Now I explain why the situation today is different. At first, there are no tendencies visible, that another language could replace English as lingua franca. At second, the world is globalised, many informations in the world and the internet are in English, all programming languages are in English. Even if the United States fall economically, there 55 (!!!) other countries, which have English as an official language, and among those, there are a lot of economically powerful countries, were English is spoken.
Surtalnar wrote:Spanish: All Spanish countries aren't economical powerhouses. Spain is massively struggling, and Catalan becomes stronger and stronger in Spain. If you look at municipality websites in Catalonia region of Spain, you see that many of those websites are now Catalan-only. Spanish is in the EU de facto irrelevant and Puerto Rico wants to teach their pupils in English only.
Surtalnar wrote:Chinese: Just spoken in one relevant country. To complex to learn for all people out of East Asia. You just can't expect that an English, German, French or Spanish native speaker learns Chinese.
French: Sadly struggling in many countries, even in Canada and France.
France now want's to allow English courses in their universities.
Luke wrote:What would you say is the future of Persian?
Luke wrote:That'd be cool.
I have this idea with making Persian some sort of important future language but I base it on nothing. It's just... it's not English or European, not from India, and not Chinese
Why? Nobody saw the Wall coming down. (Or a few people did, but nobody believed them.) I'm amazed North Korea has clung on as long as it has. If it weren't for its big brother right beside it, it would've collapsed decades ago.Karavinka wrote:I doubt Korean or Japanese will still continue their existence in 3013, esp. Korean. Even if it does exist in 3013, there will be at least two Koreanic languages. At least I don't envision Korean unification in this century.
I don't think Portuguese and Russian are going to disappear because of low population growth; they're too widespread. They'll develop into new languages, though, just like Old English and Old High German did.Considering the population growth patterns, I'm willing to bet 50 cents that most European languages, all the way from Portuguese to Russian, that are currently official now will disappear in this millenium, or undergo a dramatic change in their structures. Many of them will join the ranks of Etruscan, Hittite or Thracian.
Which was ... what? It went extinct? Well, maybe it will, but you won't be alive then, will you?Llawygath wrote:Welsh in a thousand years...I'd rather not think about it. I read a futuristic book once that claimed to have an answer to that, and it was a very sad answer.
Which won't last forever. At some point, China will become a fully developed country like America and Japan, with the same low growth rates.linguoboy wrote:China's economy may be about half the size of the USA's, but it's growing more than three times as fast.
Which ones? I bet at least a few will; say, North Frisian and Silesian, or Leonese. But I'm even more certain that small indigenous languages of Asia, Africa and South America will.Luke wrote:I don't think these small European languages are going to disappear at this point.
mōdgethanc wrote:At some point, China will become a fully developed country like America and Japan, with the same low growth rates.
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