Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
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The Power of Babel -


John McWhorter in The Power of Babel is concerned that we are losing diversity in language as quickly as we are losing it in flora and fauna.   Though there are 6000 languages, ninety-six percent of the world's population speak one or more of the top twenty languages.  They may also speak an indigenous one, but the dominant language, the one used for education and wider commerce throughout the world is the one most likely to survive.

I find it odd to consider that we came from one language and may now return to it.  The concern, of course, is lack of diversity and imagination and that is scary stuff, and yet, I realize he doesn't speak of computer languages and that is another way to speak.   Perhaps we are doing better than it seems.   Language is simplifying like plants, and we want variety.  We need all sorts of flowers to stalk, tickle, and entice our noses to sit up and wiggle. 

Here is to an array of scent, and a multitude of ways to describe what enters our brains.  




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