[lg policy] What the World Will Speak in 2115

Slavomír Čéplö bulbulthegreat at gmail.com
Sat Jan 3 20:34:05 UTC 2015


Oh goodie: "... notoriously challenging languages such as Greek, Latin,
Aramaic ... have been embraced by vast numbers of people..." As if the
'notoriously challenging' bit wasn't clueless enough (as opposed to what?
from which vantage point?), the use of Aramaic is doubly ironic in a
paragraph which argues that the Chinese writing system is one of the major
obstacles in the adoption of Mandarin as a global lngua franca: the
simplicity of the Aramaic writing system as opposed to the dominant writing
system of the day (Akkadian cuneiform) was one of the reasons why the
Achaemenid dynasty adopted Aramaic.

El dissabte, 3 gener de 2015, Dave Sayers <dave.sayers at cantab.net> va
escriure:

> Sigh, here we go...
>
> http://www.wsj.com/articles/what-the-world-will-speak-in-2115-1420234648
>
>
> Dave
>
> --
> Dr. Dave Sayers
> Senior Lecturer, Dept Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
> Honorary Research Fellow, Arts & Humanities, Swansea University, UK
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