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ziq wrote (edited )

I think as long as people that share one land speak different languages, it will be used by hostile external forces to set them against each other. Divide and conquer has been every imperialist's MO.

Language is the biggest divider because we literally don't understand each other. You could force everyone to learn both languages, but that would only work in times of stability where everyone is affluent and educated. As soon as drought, hunger or invasion hits, everything is up in the air. With climate change hitting the region hard, things will get a lot harder to control.

The languages merging could take generations, but I think it's the best hope for lasting peace in the future.

Not that we have any control over it - wasn't suggesting it be a gov policy, just a natural evolution.

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md_ wrote (edited )

You could force everyone

Here you have it. That's why I don't consider going "back to the original language", or "establishing a common language".

That's why my proposal is to make the option available, and to be prepared to accommodate speakers of other languages, by translating stuff from one language to the other.

The languages merging

That's not something that happens to natural languages. The closest thing would be creolisation, but that's something that happens in those rare circumstances where there is no common language, and a dire need to communicate. That's not the case in most of the world, because multilingualism is the norm.

Generally, I think that people are attributing too much responsibility to language. Language politics are just an epiphenomenon. Look at former Yugoslavia for a clear cut example. It's not language that divided them. Nationalism did, and only as a consequence they came to think of Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, and Montenegrin as different languages.

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ziq wrote (edited )

Good points. I'm not sure about languages not merging though; our dialect is very different from mainland Greek and contains countless Turkish words and influences already. But I'm no linguist.

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md_ wrote

English is not French, and Japanese is not Chinese, despite heavy borrowing of vocabulary stock from those languages.

Simplifying greatly, a language is the vocabulary + the unconscious language-specific rules to put words into sentences + culturally-dependant nuances on top of the literal meaning.

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