Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Jun 2012 11:17 UTC
Google While I sometimes see Dutch as an endangered language, reality is that with nearly 30 million speakers worldwide, we're actually doing pretty well. Sadly, this can't be said for the 3000 truly endangered languages of the world - nearly half of the world's total number of languages is on the verge of extinction, and with it, large amounts of human culture are in danger of disappearing forever. In collaboration with several universities and language institutions, Google has launched the Endangered Languages Project to document these languages - textually, visually, and auditorially.
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RE: A great project...
by darknexus on Sun 24th Jun 2012 18:25 UTC in reply to "A great project..."
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but my deepenst believes are, that we need a main common language. One that is the "mother langugae" for all (even not the "second language"). I think it would help to make the world more peaceful. And it would make the communication easier.

I agree with this on one level, but on another, I think it's a pipe dream. First of all, the various languages of the world are far too different. The Asian languages bare little resemblance to those of indo-european or baltic descent, and there are several languages that don't even have a linguistic family to classify them. Consequently, you can't really invent a "mother language" and in fact that term is about as inaccurate as one can get. Even if you did create this theoretical language, how would you force it on others? Because, you know, that's exactly what you would have to do.
I think a better solution would be a constructed language that is extremely regular in both grammar and phonology, and which does not break its own rules even once. You could then have this language be learned as a second language by all. That way, no one need give up their native tongue and yet we might be able to communicate more easily. Creating something that would be relatively easy for all to learn, however, would be difficult in the extreme given the sheer variety of languages out there, many of which have uncommon phonemes not found in the more common languages of today (have a look at some of the languages spoken in Africa).
I wish europe would be more unified like USA.

I wonder if you have been to the USA? If there is one thing we are not, it is unified on languages. There are pockets of speakers of whichever language you can name all over. There are huge pockets of Spanish, particularly on the west coast where I live. Pennsylvania has a considerable German and Dutch population, while Maryland has a sizeable Korean demographic. California has just about everything, and Oregon has a lot of Spanish and Russian speakers along with a sizeable middle eastern demographic. The list can go on indefinitely. In fact, I'm lucky these days if a fast food drive-through worker or a cab driver can even understand me (American English being my first language, German being my second). I can usually understand them, but they seem to be better at speaking our version of English (even if all they can manage is a pidgin varient) than they are at comprehending it. We don't even have an official language for this country, did you know that? It's perfectly legal to demand a translated version of any government document into any language you choose, at no cost to you, and it is illegal not to hire someone based on a language barrier. It's even theorized by some that English will become a minority language here within the next century, although whether this country will even hold together that long is doubtful if you ask me. That you say we are unified about our language here suggests to me that you've never actually been to this country or, at the very least, have not seen much of it.
I really think at least europe should have a common language... may it be Esperanto , or english or spanish, but we need one. Esperanto has a great structure and could be learnt quite easy by a lot of people in europe.
It's already great to be able to travel in europe around without needing a passport, without needing to change your money into other currencies...but i wish this would be extended. Imagine you can go all around the world without password, and being able to communicate with everyone.

It doesn't work that way. Exactly how do you plan to force a common language on the whole of Europe? Remember, the EU only encompasses some of the European countries, not all of them, and you'd be surprised just how hard people will fight to maintain their native tongue in their native land.

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