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
    A lot of that has just been adopted into English. Latin isn't a conversational language today, it's just bits and pieces used in other languages.

    French, Italian and Spanish are all effectively Latin dialects.

    Something like 2/3rds of English vocabulary is rooted in Latin.
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    Re: Languages are going extinct. Good, bad, or indifferent?

    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    Sounds like a natural evolution to me.
    Natural delection. Survival of the fittest. If a language no longer serves a need why keep it ?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius46 View Post
    French, Italian and Spanish are all effectively Latin dialects.

    Something like 2/3rds of English vocabulary is rooted in Latin.
    Rooted in, not still Latin. English took Latin and other languages and did something with them, making them part of English. They don't remain Latin, they're now English.
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    Re: Languages are going extinct. Good, bad, or indifferent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Mal View Post
    Dying languages need to be preserved.
    Just like useless seeds need to be saved and some people should learn to forge weld, tie knots, and use an abacus and slide rule.
    I agree but there's a difference, IMO, between preservation and continued usage.

    And IMO, you cant 'force it.' People will use what they use and eventually even the schools will follow suit....it's not cost effective.
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    Re: Languages are going extinct. Good, bad, or indifferent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lursa View Post
    I agree but there's a difference, IMO, between preservation and continued usage.

    And IMO, you cant 'force it.' People will use what they use and eventually even the schools will follow suit....it's not cost effective.
    Yeah, nearly everyone will. Some, though, will save things just because they're interested and that's enough. If one seed of an ancient barley is viable we still have the genetics, if one person can still speak a language we can record it, if one person still has a lost skill he can teach another. It's no biggie, there's no urgency because there will always be people with obscure interests and we won't lose this stuff.
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    Re: Languages are going extinct. Good, bad, or indifferent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Mal View Post
    Yeah, nearly everyone will. Some, though, will save things just because they're interested and that's enough. If one seed of an ancient barley is viable we still have the genetics, if one person can still speak a language we can record it, if one person still has a lost skill he can teach another. It's no biggie, there's no urgency because there will always be people with obscure interests and we won't lose this stuff.
    Of course. I didnt mean that they should not preserve them, only that if they arent used, they will not BE uesd.

    But sure, preserve them, like heirloom vegetables and breeds of domesticated animals no longer used commercially.
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