Re: future language

From: Wade T.Smith (
Date: Tue Apr 30 2002 - 12:32:01 BST

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    On Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at 06:27 , Douglas P. Wilson wrote:

    > [from von Humbolt]- languages [are] cultural
    > content habitually and unconsciously inserted in an intermingled way

    > The true universal language, (and what phrase could be nuttier than
    > that?),
    > if it exists, is not something to be invented but something to be
    > discovered

    As the missionary says in 'At Play in the Fields of the Lord' "In a
    hundred years or so, we'll all be brown."

    As we co-mingle and co-habit and co-operate, if we don't co-opt it all
    first, it is, culturally cohesive, that we'll co-manage language to the
    pidgin of a commonly shared tongue.

    The experiment of esperanto has failed- a pocket of speakers exist, (it
    is the shakers of linguistics), but, as you say, it is not designed by
    the patterns and motives of culture.

    But it is not only pride that stands in the way.

    - Wade

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