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Thread: Languages are going extinct. Good, bad, or indifferent?

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    Re: Languages are going extinct. Good, bad, or indifferent?

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    Re: Languages are going extinct. Good, bad, or indifferent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
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    Re: Languages are going extinct. Good, bad, or indifferent?

    Quote Originally Posted by brothern View Post
    Both bad and good. You lose a lot of culture and history, as well as an unique perspective when a language dies. Anyone who can speak a second or third language can tell you that there are noticeable differences between even similar languages that have an influence on you and your thinking in odds ways. From sayings that are specific to one language, to word plays and puns that are language specific, to even how you approach problem solving when thinking in different languages. It's fascinating stuff.

    At the same time it's nice to be able to communicate with everyone regardless of their nationality.
    True, but you will always have a plurality of languages.

    The languages that are going extinct are you know, things like amazonian rainforest tribal language that is spoken by 300 people. A worthless language with no real alphabet, great works of literature, etc. In all things, those people would be better served by learning portugesse.

    Or some other such languages. So no language that has a decent population on the map isn't going extinct and won't go extinct. Just the languages that are... you know... pointless.
    Anyway, this isn't good or bad. It's neither. It's just the march of time.

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    Re: Languages are going extinct. Good, bad, or indifferent?

    So what?

    Languages are for communication...everything else is gravy.

    But, like so many things, humans become ridiculously attached to things they are used to and start fighting beyond reason to preserve them...like language.

    If we woke up tomorrow and everyone spoke only one language, the world would be, IMO, better off because everyone would understand everyone.

    Multiple languages separates humans; whereas language should bring people together.

    Having tons of useless languages doesn't feed anyone or cure any disease of offer anyone shelter...they are useless and divisive.

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    Re: Languages are going extinct. Good, bad, or indifferent?

    Languages die all the time and have throughout history. Anyone speak Etruscan these days?
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    Re: Languages are going extinct. Good, bad, or indifferent?

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    And that's what makes English marvelous--it's a melting-pot language. Because it's more fluid than other languages, it thrives.

    And I don't remember who posted this earlier, but
    Latin isn't quite dead.


    Quite a few Catholics do use Latin, eh?

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    Re: Languages are going extinct. Good, bad, or indifferent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
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    Re: Languages are going extinct. Good, bad, or indifferent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    True, but you will always have a plurality of languages.

    The languages that are going extinct are you know, things like amazonian rainforest tribal language that is spoken by 300 people. A worthless language with no real alphabet, great works of literature, etc. In all things, those people would be better served by learning portugesse.

    Or some other such languages. So no language that has a decent population on the map isn't going extinct and won't go extinct. Just the languages that are... you know... pointless.
    Anyway, this isn't good or bad. It's neither. It's just the march of time.


    No one can stop time and/or change.

    Not yet, anyhoo.

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    Re: Languages are going extinct. Good, bad, or indifferent?

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    And that's what makes English marvelous--it's a melting-pot language. Because it's more fluid than other languages, it thrives.

    And I don't remember who posted this earlier, but Latin isn't quite dead.
    My kids are all taking Latin in school. It isn't a conversational language but it's an awesome language. I studied Latin in HS and kicked ass on my verbal SATs because of it. To this day when I don't know what a word means I wonder if it's from the Latin, and find that it usually is, and then I can figure it out.

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