Are Local Languages Endangered of Being Displaced by A Global One?

Are Local Languages Endangered of Being Displaced by A Global One?

The key to global human interactions is language. About 20% of the world’s population speak the English language. Linguists believe that due to globalization local languages will eventually become extinct and displaced one global language, by the end of the century. But, is that opinion really a fact?
Firstly, illiterate nations still exist in many regions of the world. Most of them have never come in contact with modern civilization. By the end of the century, no one’s entirely sure those people will have learnt that language and pass it down to their descendants. For instance, lots of African tribes are still living the same way and speaking the same dialect they did before the white man took over.
Furthermore, patriotism will continue to be among fellow humans. This characteristic signifies the love of one’s country and culture. That kind of people will try to keep their mother tongue alive by speaking it at home and pass it down to those after them.
However, humankind tends to learn fast and gets influenced easily. Lots of languages have gone extinct or have been forgotten through the centuries, like Latin, Ancient Greek. But that happened because they were developed into new versions, influenced by other languages. Fortunately, most of them are still learned at schools, only not used and not appreciated by youngsters.
The future is not set in stone. The expert’s beliefs are just theories based on modern-day facts. To conclude, it is not certain that at some point in this century we will have one language that everyone will know and use. That is up to the circumstances of the world’s development.
P. I. Eleftheriou

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