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Language is a sensitive political issue. As some languages are more "international" than others, the equality of the 11 languages has, in fact, always been a myth. The existing rights to translation are essential, because documents emanating from Brussels have the force of law in member states. But the right to an interpreter is often restricted, except for senior politicians and members of the European parliament. Working documents are seldom available in all 11 languages.
English is taking over Europe
...with interest in English around the world growing stronger, not weaker — stoked by American cultural influences and advertising, the increasing numbers of young people in developing countries and the spread of the Internet, among other factors — there are some linguists and others who say: why fight it? Instead, the argument goes, English, particularly the simpler form of the language used by most nonnative speakers, should be embraced.
So English is taking over the globe, so what?
Originally posted by h3akalee
English and this is my personal beleif is the true language known by all at one point in time we all spoke the same and english was it.
Originally posted by vox2442
For the foreseeable future, English will likely be the language of international business (my job depends heavily on that). But quite frankly, as languages go, it`s pretty stupid. Loan words all over the place, bizarre local grammar rules, pronunciations that make no sense at all, and you cant swing a dead cat without knocking befuddling idioms and colloquialisms all over hells half acre.
And furthermore, it`s ugly. Horrible to listen to, almost as bad as German. And visually, it`s dull as ditch water. It`s good for business, but if you want to write an epic poem, I suggest you look elsewhere.
Originally posted by quintar
Will we see other languages slowly die off as less emphasis is based on them due to people pretty much inhabiting every piece of land available, it's just a matter of time before every person on this planet speaks English.
is language a form of control?
cyberculture writer Neal Stephenson compares this new digital unity to the biblical symbol of human hubris the Tower of Babel. What made the construction of the Tower of Babel possible was that its builders spoke the same language. As God recognised, because people spoke a single language ‘nothing that they proposed to do would be impossible for them’.
Originally posted by Astyanax
language is not an instrument of control; it is an instrument of liberation.