Universal Language

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Should there be a universal language? (citations are in the bottom of every page for the websites used) Abstract Should there be a universal language and if so, what would it be like? How would this affect the existing cultures and languages? This issue is going to be looked at from a personal, national and global perspective to optimise analysis. Introduction ( should be the thesis statement- your answer) The world is diverse, with an estimated total of 7000 different languages. Yet, in this world of globalization and with the advance in transport technologies, people travel often to other parts of the world for different reasons, such as work, leisure or simply seeking for an adventure. To make communication in travel easier, should…show more content…
It began to spread during the 16th century with British empire and was strongly reinforced in the 20th century by USA world domination in economic, political and military aspects and by the huge influence of American movies. Esperanto No one neutral, universal language is yet spoken by the majority of the world. Esperanto has been much more successful than all other planned universal languages combined. It was first created in 1887 by a Polish professor, L L Zamenhof and his goal was to create an easy-to-learn, politically neutral language that would transcend nationality and foster peace and international understanding between people with different languages. Between 100,000 and 2,000,000 people worldwide fluently or actively speak Esperanto, including perhaps 1,000 native speakers who learned Esperanto from birth. Esperanto has a notable presence in more than a hundred countries. Its usage is highest in Europe, East Asia, and South America. The phonology, grammar, vocabulary, and semantics are based on the Indo-European languages spoken in…show more content…
However, the impact of English language on global commerce and trade is undeniably clear. It is used as a bridge language to make communication possible between people who have different mother tongues. It is commonly used for commerce, diplomatic and adminstrative reasons. It is much more effective to have such a standard language, dispensing the need of translation and preventing misunderstandings. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingua_franca) Linguists from the University of Lyon in France looked at seven widely spoken languages to see how they rank in terms of efficiency. Which mother tongue works best at imparting information? The highest ranked language is English, and Chinese coming second. Even though English only has about 500 million native speakers, there are already almost 2 billion people in the world that communicate in English on a regular basis. (Source:

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