Friday, March 16, 2012



This article originally appeared on my sina blog, earlier in the month.

Hollywood movies that guess the future often feature characters able to speak in a variety of tongues. Societies of tomorrow as portrayed in films all seem to have a mongrel language, usually a combination of Chinese, English, Spanish and Arabic.

Should a global language eventually emerge (as it will, in time) elements of Chinese and English, the two main languages of culture and commerce, must converge.

For many people, the process will evolve naturally. Without thought. Without effort. As it spreads, schools will instruct students in the new world language. Every kid will have a copy of Rosetta Stone.

Yes, there will be many dialects. Individual languages will not die. They will be augmented by what I assign the term "Chinglish" - and the process has already begun: in Sinagpore and other Southeast Asian nations with mixed languages.
"A world language should be embraced, not feared. Learned, not shunned." ~ Dave Lucas
Other evidence: movies made in India like Dhoom2 as well as Hong Kong movies which sprinkle native language with English buzzwords and catchphrases... as well as widely available language translation tools freely available across the internet.

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