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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!