dialects and languages

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 27 03:47:22 UTC 2008

I've read there are about 6,900 languages in the world.  I've also read that these will decrease by half at the end of the century.  That means losing 3,450 languages in the next 1,102 months.  That's a loss of 3 per month - one every 10 days.

I would suspect in this age of global communication, only a few languages will survive in the far future.  If it comes down to one, English is a good bet.  Half the books in the world are written in English.  Ninety-five percent of the scientific journals are in English.  That's why I think it especially necessary to develop an English based phonetics.

Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL5+
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