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Post time 2009-1-13 17:19:06 |Display all floors
FUTURE OF LANGUAGES

Today's communication is monopolized by English.  And the discriminating nature of English has made most of us voiceless.  We need to reassess our basic approach to language toward an all-encompassing future.

First, let's look at what languages are for.  Paramount in their purpose is culture.  Then, the most practical use is in technology.  And finally, it should be a communication tool.  We need to reshuffle the current languages and trim them down to a manageable size for the objectives of culture, technology and communication, in this order of descending priorities.

For culture, each culture should have their own cultural language.  Cardinally, a cultural language is used in communicating the inner feelings of the indigenous people living by the specific culture.  They should convey expression of morality and other aspirations of the people.  In Asia, the Han characters represent a master piece of such a language displayed in splendid art forms.

For technology, we need a paradigm shift from incomprehensible computer languages to plain conversational language, sparingly sprinkled with heavy technical terms.  The structure of such a language should be alphabetical, or digital.  So, the Han characters are out of contention.  This implys a subset is needed to be appended to the main cultural language.  

English is currently the natural choice for its domination of the commercial market places.  But once a reduced and truncated set of English is standardized as the computer language, we could easily all shift to a more meritorious language.

Briefly, this technical language, or, in essence, a comprehensible computer language, should be created during the development of a natural-language programming language.  This programming language would allow us to communicate with the computer.  The uncompromising unambiguity required of computing would translate to error-free technological exchanges among the computer users.  This would eliminate the mental sparring among the computer geeks that has kept us ordinary folks out of the fun of computing.

Finally, we must, above everything else, relax the rigid grammatical, spelling and pronunciation requirements of English as the universal technical language.  In the future, languages would consist not only of written texts, but also pictures and videos.  So, what's the big deal about writing perfect English, when in our modern multimedia environment, a picture worth a thousand word and a video with voice and music are fast rendering written words obsolete?  Furthermore, we must awake to the conspiracy that fancy, eloquent writings and speeches are nothing but a vehicles of brainwashing and posturing for the lying politicians and other swindlers, many of whom are hogging the mass media right now.

Just remember languages serve us, not the other way around.  So, stop showing off and start talking straight, any which way!
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Post time 2009-1-14 05:42:23 |Display all floors
There is an issue here, Joeching. You're writing on the assumption that English is an international language and not an ethnic language. In spite of this common misassumption, English is in fact an ethnic language attempting to fulfil an international role. In this respect, none other than the ethnic group to which English belongs has any right to make amendments to English. And it would be highly offensive for the rest of the world to take it upon itself to revise the language.

If you want to do this to a truly international language that doesn't belong to any particular ethnic group, fine. Likewise if you should decide to create a new language for the purpose. But the world does not have the right to adopt a language and revise it without the consent of the ethnic group to which it belongs.
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Post time 2009-1-14 07:55:56 |Display all floors
Originally posted by tianyuanedu at 2009-1-13 01:42 PM
There is an issue here, Joeching. You're writing on the assumption that English is an international language and not an ethnic language. In spite of this common misassumption, English is in fact an ...


this is the major difference between liberal-art types and us techies.  we care about contents rather than the decoration around it.  and we are extremely allergic when reality is distorted by fancy words.  so, let it be a punishment to english and all native english speaking ethnic people, for all the lies that were told in english.  LET'S TRASH ENGLISH.

btw, the lies actually led to the trash of the chinese language(by propagandizing the greatest civilization ever existed as backward, so the language need to be modified.  some even wanted to make alphabetical).

my proposal actually only want to borrow english as a temporary computer language. at this point, i already see the potential of korean to replace english as such, once the commercial aspect of english is not so dominant.
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Post time 2009-1-14 12:13:54 |Display all floors

Reply #3 joeching's post

once upon a time, LATIN was the main language.

then FRENCH was important.....


hmmmm


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Post time 2009-1-14 12:33:42 |Display all floors
Originally posted by tianyuanedu at 2009-1-14 05:42
There is an issue here, Joeching. You're writing on the assumption that English is an international language and not an ethnic language. In spite of this common misassumption, English is in fact an ethnic language attempting to fulfil an international role. In this respect, none other than the ethnic group to which English belongs has any right to make amendments to English. And it would be highly offensive for the rest of the world to take it upon itself to revise the language.


Hogwash.
English is the world's international language.
And it is being both revised and enriched all over the world.
Witness Singlish for example.
English is no longer the province of the stiff upper lip elite.
It belongs to us all.
And the language is fluid, embracing  and ever-changing and this versatility maybe it's greatest strength.

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Post time 2009-1-14 12:34:53 |Display all floors
Originally posted by joeching at 2009-1-14 07:55
LET'S TRASH ENGLISH


Good luck with that!

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Post time 2009-1-14 13:16:08 |Display all floors
Originally posted by joeching at 2009-1-13 17:19
FUTURE OF LANGUAGES

Today's communication is monopolized by English.  And the discriminating nature of English has made most of us voiceless.  We need to reassess our basic approach to language  ...


so learn Esperanto, the international language

as for Korean becoming an international language you need to study it a bit more if you think it is going to spread across the globe like wildfire.

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