View Poll Results: What do you think of the fact that languages are dying out?

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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?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Except it isn't, it's become English-ized. Those are just English words derived from Latin.
    No, the English translation for "per diem" is "per day," which is easier to say, and yet the Latin is used. When you abbreviate "exempli gratia" or "id est," those are Latin abbreviations rather than Anglicized words. Sometimes, the Latin is easier to write--e.g. "differentia" rather than "differentiation." And then there are the phrases such as the one I used this morning in an e-mail--"ex cathedra" (referring to the occasional conversation I need to have with my kids).

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Except it isn't, it's become English-ized. Those are just English words derived from Latin.
    Yeesh.
    English is a Germanic language, not a Latin one. There's a bunch of Latin words because of the French influence but Latin has not been 'english-ized'(you might mean Anglicized). Latin is the root of Romance languages- Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese.
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    Re: Languages are going extinct. Good, bad, or indifferent?

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    Quite a few Catholics do use Latin, eh?
    I have aunts who think the church went the way of Satan when they stopped saying Mass in Latin.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    I haven't seen a thread on this and thought it was kind of interesting.

    There was a report recently that up to half of the world's currently spoken languages are in danger of dying out in the next century. Here's an article about it.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/18/wo...-language.html

    The article paints it as a bad thing, but I'm not so sure it is. Fewer languages being spoken around the world means communication with other people gets easier.

    What do you think?
    Great thing! I look forward to a more homogenous world and I earnestly look forward to the day when mankind is united by one language.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    Great thing! I look forward to a more homogenous world and I earnestly look forward to the day when mankind is united by one language.
    Me too.

    And that language should of course be Albanian.
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    Re: Languages are going extinct. Good, bad, or indifferent?

    I voted 'neither' because it's inevitable. It has been happening since time immemorial. Languages evolve, become more complex, then simplify, then some become lingua franca beyond mother-tongue speakers, and some become obsolete and disappear. I don't think it's something that can be changed through the actions of governments, but the popular will can change the trajectory of a language.
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    Re: Languages are going extinct. Good, bad, or indifferent?

    My only concern is all the untranslated data that gets discovered. Otherwise, I think it's great that people are throwing away their dumb language for something more sensible.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    I haven't seen a thread on this and thought it was kind of interesting.

    There was a report recently that up to half of the world's currently spoken languages are in danger of dying out in the next century. Here's an article about it.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/18/wo...-language.html

    The article paints it as a bad thing, but I'm not so sure it is. Fewer languages being spoken around the world means communication with other people gets easier.

    What do you think?
    I think it fits in right along with grammar. In the English language, good grammar is becoming obsolete.
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    Re: Languages are going extinct. Good, bad, or indifferent?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    I haven't seen a thread on this and thought it was kind of interesting.

    There was a report recently that up to half of the world's currently spoken languages are in danger of dying out in the next century. Here's an article about it.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/18/wo...-language.html

    The article paints it as a bad thing, but I'm not so sure it is. Fewer languages being spoken around the world means communication with other people gets easier.

    What do you think?
    Natural evolution. There's not been an infinitely stable language yet, everything changes, everything evolves.
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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.
    For sure. I'm learning it right now specifically to be able to read Cicero, Caesar and other Roman writers without the aid of a translation. My daughter is taking it in college.

    As to the original question. There are thousands of dead language. They evolve and die just like species. It's the way of the world.
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