Sunday, January 11, 2009

the future of english. funny, then seriously

These consonants will not be entirely forgotten; they will migrate to
Czechoslovakia, which will by that time have no use for vowels.

In 200 years, the English vocabulary will be the union of all other
vocabularies, but the spelling will be original.

Similarly, the Japanese alphabet will be the union of all other
alphabets in the world.

The Cyrillic alphabet will eventually be the same as the Latin alphabet,
only backwards. A mirror will suffice for translating Russian into

Finally, in 200 years, entire books in Germany will be one word. Plus a
verb at the end, of course.

Historical trends are a useful guide to the future. One common prediction is that Modern English is following the same path as classical Latin - a global language belonging to a powerful empire which evolved gradually, broke apart and was eventually buried by its progeny. According to language historians, as early as AD 300 the Latin of the masses had a vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar largely distinct from the elite's classical Latin. Over the next 500 years this "vulgar" Latin split into increasingly distinct regional dialects, and by AD 800 it had evolved into a family of mutually unintelligible languages - the forerunners of today's Italian, Spanish, French and other Romance languages.
red, white, blue > *read, *wed, *blu
Early American /rEd wait blu/
Middle American /'read wajd blu/
Classical American /'rEad wajd bly/
Late American /'rEad wEd bly/
Pronounced: ['rE@d wEd bly"], i.e. "REH-ud wed bl├╝"
D: 2100,2200, 3000 AD.

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