Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Is bilinguism becoming the norm or are we just starting to notice it?

Just a quick thought for the day:

With only 212 countries in the world, but about 6000 languages.  It seems that bilingualism and multilingualism are actually the norm.  When I was growing up it seemed that everyone I knew only spoke one language but these days monolingualism seems to be the unusual state.
The number of languages is decreasing at a rate of one every 14 days but those that remain are becoming more and more spliced together through borrowing and exposure.  With English being the complex language that it is, is it really the best candidate for the one language?  Especially given that more people speak Mandarin?
Or will we see a slow process of fusing the languages together into one composite language? 

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