Ideal International Language?
December 29, 2006 9:32am CST
The UN currently has six official languages (English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese) which take a massive chunk of its translation budget. So if the Un were to decide tomorrow that it was goint to reduce the official language to one only, would you rather it choose an ethnic language other than your own, or a planned language? The reason I didn't allow you to choose your own ethnic language is because then your vote would be too predictable (i.e. Chinese would all vote for Chinese, Anglosaxons for English, etc.), would simply reflect ethnic representation in these forums yet would have no other value beyond that. By ethnic language, I mean a language which has developped in a relatively unplanned manner throuhout the history of a particular ethnic community. This would include most languages in the world, including English and Chinese. By planned language is meant a language designed specifically to be easy to learn. An example of such would be Esperanto. So if the UN were to choose a language other than your own ethnic one, would you rather another ethnic language or a planned one. Just curious.