posted on Feb, 13 2011 @ 11:58 PM
The thread title and OP are two different questions really, so I will answer both of them
Language to preserve knowledge of mankind:
As other posters have said, binary is great... but I would go as far to say a language based entirely on math would be most suitable- math is the
universal language! The equations used to describe the universe are the same no matter what language you speak; in fact, math is in, and a part of,
everything when you think about it...
Language for global communications:
I would say to use a language made up of English words- English is the most widely spoken language in the world, and I wouldn't be surprised if it
becomes almost universal within the next few centuries.
You would only really need a few simple words (subject and verb) to have an understandable conversation:
-Me, You, Them (subjects)
-You would need verbs, simple ones like "Do" and "Don't" are all you really need to get a point across
-Nouns would have to be picked sparingly... I'm not quite sure what would be the best ones, but ones relating to essential needs and emergencies
would probably be near the top of the list.
-Besides this, you would also need a way to designate the past, present and future, but this could simply be as simple as putting a symbol at the end
of a sentence to indicate tense.