According to researchers one language dies every two weeks, washed away like writing in the sand – a somewhat disturbing revelation. Now, as we are all aware (from our own back ground) a single language holds depth such as history and culture which helps us understand where we came from and consequently shapes our future. What could this mean for the future of languages and the population of the world?
With there being 7,000 languages that exist today and languages dying every two weeks it’s hard to determine which languages will conquer. Could languages face what evolution faced with a battle of survival of the fittest? If this is the case at present, the English language is leading the race, particularly in the world of business.
At present the English language is considered to be symbolic of modernity, work, higher education, business, economics and science and technology. Historically speaking, it has also always been a language that is the most successful as it is spoken on every continent around the world.
However this may not always be the case particularly due to the rapid loss of languages. It is easy to say that English as a language will not completely disappear, yet it may not be the predominant language of the future. Languages such as German could be in the running for the future language as Germany is a leading power for technology, medicine and science. Mandarin is also in the limelight as the Chinese are becoming a major economic power and growing more each and every day. Other possible contenders for language of the future include Spanish, Hindi-Urdu of India and Arabic could be among the most popular languages of the future.
Top 10 disappearing languages:
10. Chamicuro (Chamekolo, Chamicolo, Chamicura)
9. Dumi (Dumi Bo’o, Dumi Bro, Lsi Rai, Ro’do Bo’, Sotmali)
7. Liki (Moar)
6. Tanema (Tanima, Tetawo)
3. Lemerig (Pak, Bek, Sasar, Leon, Lem)
2. Kaixana (Caixana)
1. Taushiro (Pinche/Pinchi)
What do you think the language of the future could be and why?