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Should the world have a single language?

  1. Nov 27, 2003 #1


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    would a common language bring better understanding
    between various factions around the world?
    why did esperanto die out?
    why do we stick with crazy ways for spelling,
    like, knob,vacuum,phantom why not
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  3. Nov 27, 2003 #2


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    The Spanish had a great world empire. Then they rationalized their spelling at look what happened!
  4. Nov 27, 2003 #3
    why not nob, vakyem, fantem?
  5. Nov 28, 2003 #4
    Not one bit. It is not misunderstanding but well understood conflict of interests that causes problems.
  6. Nov 28, 2003 #5
    Ya. My mother and I misunderstand each other all the time.
  7. Nov 28, 2003 #6


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    Although it would not be enough in itself, I think a common language would certainly help. Not only from the communication aspect, but also the psychology of language.

    English is about as close to a universal language as we have at present, because it is entirely composed of bits and pieces of other languages. This also explains why some of the spellings seem so odd; that's the way the word was spelled before it was "appropriated" by English.
  8. Nov 28, 2003 #7
    I don't really see how it would help one bit based on how it didn't help one bit in the past. If you take English, the fact everyone involved spoke English did nothing to prevent the American Revolution. Likewise it did nothing to prevent the American Civil War.

    Iraq invaded Kuwait a few years back despite their both being Arabic speaking countries, and the first country Germany invaded under the Nazis was German speaking Austria.
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