Table of Contents
I.i Evolution of Man
I.ii Development of Language
II.i Patterns of Simplification
II.ii Cultural Importance
II.iii Globalization and its Impact on Language
III. Global Language Prototype
III.i Crytallization of International Tongues
TheLinguistic Society of America (LSA) is an organization that focuses on the scientific study of language and its development. The association works towards the understanding of the structures, cores and origins of worldwide means of communication.
Guy Deutscher, the scholar whose ideas will be the focus of this work, was born in Israel on 1979. After obtaining his undergraduate degree inMathematics at the University of Tel Aviv, he went on to pursue a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Cambridge. His mathematical background can be seen in many of his studies concerning language when discussing structures and comparing lingual traits as results of socio-cultural changes.
In this particular article, the LSA will use Deutscher’s ideas and findings on communication and the processthereof to explore the possible emergence of exclusive global languages. Globalization has opened the door for an abundance of socio-cultural changes far and wide, which includes the transmission and acclimatization of language. However exposed we are to the “others” of the world, many topics of discussion can often become lost in translation when confronted with a language barrier, rendering theminsignificant or plainly incomprehensible. When this rupture in the transmission occurs, the meaning is lost, which greatly impacts the discourse. To avoid this, our world has already installed English as the current language for international dialogue. To further improve this worldwide discussion and avoid miscommunication, a lingual prototype could be fabricated for such purposes. The currentinternational lingual trends and adaptations indicate the potential to create (a) tongue(s) that is used for institutional purposes and worldwide correspondence. This would allow for precise comprehension of matters across the globe, while for local purposes old languages could be upheld as dialects to ensure cultural stability and avoid the decay of human diversity. To prove that this is a viableprospect for the future, Deutscher’s analysis of the evolution of language and the LSA’s resources will be utilized. Although this concept is applicable to a handful of languages, this article will focus primarily on the socio-structural influence of the Proto-Indo-European derivatives, as these are also the focus of Deutscher’s work. The other tongues discussed in this article, Mandarin and Arabic,will be analyzed through lingual data and projections of the LSA.
I.i EVOLUTION OF MANKIND
Humanity’s development started in the heart of Africa around 7 million BC (Diamond 36). After the Homo Erectus started spreading eastward through Europe towards asia, even crossing the bering strait until his journey ended at the very tip of south america. The journey lasted millions of years, allowingfor proper adaptation to environmental diversity that mankind faced during his diffusion. For many centuries, man used only simple tools made out of easily malleable materials and lived nomadically to satisfy his basic animalistic needs such as food and shelter. Around 10,000 AC, a revolution swept the globe changing the stability of humankind's future: agriculture. With the ability to besedentary and harvest crops on an almost consistent basis, socio-cultural progress finally could occupy more on man’s time (Diamond 43).
However, these advancements were more easily accessible in certain regions of the globe than others. For example, the Aztecs in Mexico were able to develop a sophisticated society and culture by contemporary standards, while many tribes in the taiga and tundra of...