reply to post by DISRAELI
Although I would agree that it is probable that language will change over time, it is improbable that no record of the way language is written and
spoken will be available to future human beings. For language to truely be forgotten, vast stretches of time must pass, with no access to, or interest
in them. Data is now bigger than the nation which produces it, information from one nation is near enough instantly distributed globally. Unless the
entire structure, upon which EVERY nation is founded, were to collapse, unless every single nation were to be virtually destroyed in the same instant,
the language we speak now will remain, in remnants spread throughout whatever is sure to remain, of the global data network. Also, there are books of
every language, on every street, in many homes, libraries, and educational facilities. Again, unless these too were to be totally destroyed, globally,
then something of them will survive.
The thing that allowed ancient languages to totally die, was that dialects and regional languages were only spoken by residents of those lands, those
who traded with them, and by scholars, interested in those regions. Data in pretty much all languages currently spoken, can be found in this day and
age, on every continent. The Chinese have access to vast amounts of data in English, and here in Britain, we have had great numbers of Chinese
dwelling here for centuries now, so much so that elements of Chinese language and culture can be seen on every shopping parade, herb stores and
bric-a-brac emporiums brimming with Chinese medicines, snacks, and ornamentation.
Also, because travel is much more common in these modern times, large cultures and languages are going to be next to impossible to extinguish. The
ancient times were such that only nobility, soldiers, traders and wise men traveled. These days, any old muppet can, if in reciept of enough income,
pay to jump on a plane and visit a far distant land, and many bring back a fascination for the land they visit.
The combination of near universal awareness of other cultures from around the world, and the internet which contains information from all over the
Earth, means that short of a global catastrophe, language DEATH is unlikely, and it also means that written records, being as common as they are these
days, of the various languages which exist now, are more likely to survive any comming catastrophe, just through sheer numbers. This is why I believe
that multi-culturalism makes our species stronger and protects its intellectual and linguistic property. There are people from all over the world, all
over the world. No one nation (aside from perhaps North Korea) exclusively contains only people from that nation.
For this reason, I believe it is unlikely that short of a cataclysm which ends all life, everywhere, it is unlikely that our languages as they are
spoken today, will ever really be wiped out and forgotten.