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Monday, Nov 2, 2009
by PopMatters Staff
by John McWhorter
World Affairs Journal (Fall 2009)

“As we assess our linguistic future as a species, a basic question remains. Would it be inherently evil if there were not 6,000 spoken languages but one? We must consider the question in its pure, logical essence, apart from particular associations with English and its history. Notice, for example, how the discomfort with the prospect in itself eases when you imagine the world’s language being, say, Eyak.”


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