Poll: should earth speak one language?
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View poll results: should earth speak one language?
yes
61 35%
no
111 65%
Voters: 172.
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#1
on one hand it would be extremely easy to communicate with everyone else in the global market and really for everything
but on the other hand you would loose a sense of cultural idenity

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#3
No

Culture, literature, all that stuff is too important, plus it'll never happen
#4
Everyone should speak smurf.
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#6
it would be impossible.. to get every single nation to cooperate with one language and to learn it would take years.. plus all the african tribes and random islands with their own language that we couldn't understand.. we wouldn't be able to teach this universal language.
#7
I think everyone should speak like the Clangers did.
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#9
No. The idea of homogenising humanity frankly disgusts me, even if foreigners do speak funny.
#10
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it would be impossible.. to get every single nation to cooperate with one language and to learn it would take years.. plus all the african tribes and random islands with their own language that we couldn't understand.. we wouldn't be able to teach this universal language.


Wow, you're a whole bunch of lack of imagination....
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#13
diversity is what makes this place worth living. southpark had an episode bout the world looking the same and all the people talking one language, believe me you wouldn't want that
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#14
Isn't there a mythological story saying how humans once spoke the same language, but angels got jealous or something and conspired against us and split us up so we developed our own languages?
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#15
I think it would a good idea. Would things a whole lot easier. Well that's my opinion anyway .
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Isn't there a mythological story saying how humans once spoke the same language, but angels got jealous or something and conspired against us and split us up so we developed our own languages?

Indeed.
#17
^ The Tower of Babel

And you're kind of wrong on your story haha, read up on it a bit more. It's a biblical story, so it'd most definitely learned about it from some original text
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#18
Hell no!
The world is by far a better place for it's diversity and different cultures.
#21
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Isn't there a mythological story saying how humans once spoke the same language, but angels got jealous or something and conspired against us and split us up so we developed our own languages?

Isn't it a bible story? Tower of Babel or something?

edit: found it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_Babel
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Isn't it a bible story? Tower of Babel or something?


Yuh
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#23
It would be a lot easier, I couldnt give a f**k about cultural diversity, if the entire planet learnt one language I'de be up for it, even if it wasnt English

Since like English, french, spannish etc all stems from latin you wonder why the hell we all speak differnt languages any way.




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It would be a lot easier, I couldnt give a f**k about cultural diversity, if the entire planet learnt one language I'de be up for it, even if it wasnt English

Since like English, french, spannish etc all stems from latin you wonder why the hell we all speak differnt languages any way.

English doesn't stem from Latin. That's why it's so grammtically different from French, Spanish and Italian.
#25
I love hearing different languages so no.

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English doesn't stem from Latin. That's why it's so grammtically different from French, Spanish and Italian.


isnt if of germanic origin?

English is derived from England, one would think. But in fact the language name is found long before the country name. The latter first appears as Englaland around the year 1000, and means “the land of the Engle,” that is, the Angles. The Angles, Saxons, and Jutes were the three Germanic tribes who emigrated from what is now Denmark and northern Germany and settled in England beginning about the fourth century A.D. Early on, the Angles enjoyed a rise to power that must have made them seem more important than the other two tribes, for all three tribes are indiscriminately referred to in early documents as Angles. The speech of the three tribes was conflated in the same way: they all spoke what would have been called *Anglisc, or “Anglish,” as it were. By the earliest recorded Old English, this had changed to Englisc. In Middle English, the first vowel had already changed further to the familiar (ĭ of today, as reflected in the occasional spellings Ingland and Inglish. Thus the record shows that the Germanic residents of what Shakespeare called “this sceptered isle” knew that they were speaking English long before they were aware that they were living in England.


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#26
I'm too much of a linguist to vote yes. I love foreign languages.
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#27
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English doesn't stem from Latin. That's why it's so grammtically different from French, Spanish and Italian.

Many English words are derived from Latin. Yes, English is descended primarily from the Germanic languages, but it takes influence from many languages.
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#28
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English doesn't stem from Latin. That's why it's so grammtically different from French, Spanish and Italian.


Well, it uses the same alphabet, and quite alot of the words are of latin origin, but there are lots of other influences like Greek, German, whatever it was the vikings spoke, Celtic.

I don't think that the idea would work, people are very protective of their culture/language. Plus speaking different languages impresses people and makes you seem smart.
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#29
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Many English words are derived from Latin. Yes, English is descended primarily from the Germanic languages, but it takes influence from many languages.

Many English words are derived from Latin because that was the language books were published in for hundreds of years. Not because the language had roots in Latin.
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Well, it uses the same alphabet, and quite alot of the words are of latin origin, but there are lots of other influences like Greek, German, whatever it was the vikings spoke, Celtic.

I don't think that the idea would work, people are very protective of their culture/language. Plus speaking different languages impresses people and makes you seem smart.

That's because Celtic was at best rarely written down. 2000 years ago, EVERYONE in Britain who could read, read Latin. it's hardly surprising then, that the alphabet was used.
#30
I think maybe yes, but I have no idea what it would do to all the cultures. Maybe we should have one language that we can all use for basic communication but nothing really beyond that.
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#33
might be nice, but I'd hate to see anyone try.
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#34
Couldn't happen.

Even if we did "force", because thats what we'd have to do, everyone to learn the same language, eventually they'd develop their own dialects and accents. Soon, we'd be right back where we started
#35
No. It's already a shame that some languages are dying out (gaelic being a good example here...)
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#36
NO!.. we'd all have to learn CHINESE!! which is the most complex language EVAH!

why chinese? 'cause more people speak it than anything else.. (yay for China's huge population!)

Or worse, it'd be an english/chinese mix!! (ftw?) Two of the world's most complex languages shoved together? I don't think so..


... but if it leads to Firefly becoming reality, I'm all in for it.
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#37
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No. It's already a shame that some languages are dying out (gaelic being a good example here...)



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#38
^

If Serenity/Firefly were like real life, count me in
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#39
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NO!.. we'd all have to learn CHINESE!! which is the most complex language EVAH!

why chinese? 'cause more people speak it than anything else.. (yay for China's huge population!)

Or worse, it'd be an english/chinese mix!! (ftw?) Two of the world's most complex languages shoved together? I don't think so..


... but if it leads to Firefly becoming reality, I'm all in for it.

Since when is English complex?
#40
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No

Culture, literature, all that stuff is too important, plus it'll never happen

only as important as people make it.
What have we really gotten out of 2000 years of culture? The answer could be more bad than any good.
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