Do you think English will ever become a dead language?

You don't have to go far back in history to find Latin as the predominant language in the world. My mum was actually taught Latin in school, but she was one of the remnants of a dying language. When the Goths, Barbarians etc ransacked Rome, they didn't jut bring an Empire to it's knees, they also plunged Europe into the Dark Ages.

So little progress was made in Europe during the Dark Ages, religion ended up taking a choke-hold on the people. It is estimated that about 80% of all Roman knowledge was lost during that period. The little of Roman literature that survives was recovered from Byzantine libraries in the Arab world.

Do you think the English language and tradition will eventually fade into obscurity?

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  • Fred
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    English is the international language of business and things like airline pilots and computing are nearly all done in English.  Anyone who can't speak English cannot use the world wide internet. Nearly every country in the world teaches English in their schools, including China and India which nearly have half the world's population between them.  They know to be part of the modern world their people must be able to communicate in English so likely it will stay the international language.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Please don't feed the troll.                

  • Ludwig
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    I was also taught Latin in school. The Vatican radio broadcasts in Latin.   English like every other language is continually evolving.  Sometimes it splits into dialects, at other times it absorbs a dialect and changes accordingly.   Take a look at the changes since Saxon times,  compare Beowulf with the Canterbury Tales and so on.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Latin is not dead to me.  I mangled it in Italy and was understood well enough.  And in Latin asked for and got directions in Jerusalem from two monks.  Had 4 years of Latin, 7 of German.

    Like all languages English evolves.  Some of Shakespeare's 400 year old English is hard to follow, and Chaucer's 700 year old is incomprehensible without special education.  Likely the English of 2400 will be noticeably different than today's.

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Questions about the answerer are not allowed here.

    Will English become a dead language ?

    Not anytime soon. For that it has too many native speakers, books... and a lot of (online) info is not available in other languages.

    IF the world can reach the consensus that some other language (e.g. Esperanto) should be the undisputed world-language, it is possible that the English dialects eventually become independent languages in their own right - pretty much how Latin evolved into French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, or how the Germanic languages came to be.

    As to Dark Ages and Roman-Catholic choke-hold, I think you are confusing cause and effect. The darkness was caused by the Church monopolising science.

    The end of the dark ages was caused by Fractional Reserve Banking - creating money out of thin air so it can be invested in ships, crews and research

  • 1 month ago

    nope it will be the only language one day

  • 1 month ago

    if people are dumb enough to vote for socialist political parties it will 

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  • 1 month ago

    English will evolve in the same or similar way that Latin has. 

    Latin in it's pure form of 2000 years ago isn't as well known anymore, yet the English language is primarily based on Latin and Germanic.

    Hence I would suggest in its own way, Latin is a thriving language that has branched into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Italian and English.

    It's amazing how fast language adapts and evolves too. Just look at Middle and Old English. They are quite different from what we speak now. How quickly modern English will evolve is more difficult to determine, as our worldwide circumstances are significantly changed.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No, it's the number 1 universal language. 

  • 1 month ago

    How could I know? My crystal ball is in the shop for adjustments.

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