The future of languages

To continue with my research, I made a list of things would be valuable to us in the future. Some of these are apparent now and some would drastically change with our behavior:

– Brushing teeth like we do now
– Tying shoe laces
– Locking/unlocking with a key
– Reading analog watches
– Reading maps
– Tickets from public transport
– Books
– Photo prints
– Sharpening pencils
– Combing hair
– Talking in more than one language
– Communication in writing and speaking
– Reading Maps
– Manual signature
– Collecting pennies

While our interaction to use tangible things seemed interesting, I became excited and restless at the same time about the future of languages. While the recognition of English as a global language with internet points out that language wouldn’t be a barrier for communication in future, I’m a little disturbed by the fact that so many languages will be lost. Research studies show that there are almost 7000 languages in the world. Half will die in the 21st century. One language dies every two weeks. I think, with extinction of every language, we’ll loose a big part of our cultural heritage. Every language reflects a unique view of values, philosophies, expression, tradition and cultural features.

There have been initiative by UNESCO, Goggle etc. to safeguard endangered languages. A language is endangered when its speakers cease to use it, use it in fewer domains, use fewer of its registers and speaking styles and/or stop passing it on to the next generation. There is no single factor determining whether a language is endangered. The reasons pointed out for dying languages at much faster rate now are:

– Natural disasters killing population, causing displacement
– Political reasons
– Globalization

For the purpose of the project 2, I want to explore scenarios of how languages would be used in future.

– What if we don’t need one speaking language to talk to each other (- Multilingual communication will expand in real life beyond internet)
– What if English becomes a global language but differs in dialects (Right now we just have English (British) and English (US), maybe there would be more versions?)

Endangered languages
The future of languages
How ready are we for languages of the future


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