Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Oct 2009 12:51 UTC
Editorial A couple of years ago, a professor at my university had a very interesting thought exchange with the class I was in. We were a small group, and I knew most of them, they were my friends. Anyway, we had a talk about language purism - not an unimportant subject if you study English in The Netherlands.
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RE: Fallacy
by frajo on Sun 25th Oct 2009 19:24 UTC in reply to "Fallacy"
frajo
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In any case, the rise and fall of global languages is a very fascinating topic, to me.

Especially regarding the fall of the Latin language and the staying alive of the Greek language.

Basically the main point is that English has far and away secured its position as the global lingua franca.

For the foreseeable future. The same was said of Latin in times of the Imperium Romanum.

That the next best contender, in a distant second, is actually French.

French has had its time - two centuries ago. Nowadays the second western lingua franca is Spanish. And there are vast regions on this planet where western languages are utterly irrelevant.

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