Can we abolish all language in the world and only use one?

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There was a time in China where a word can have 14 different ways of writing it and various pronunciation. And a young emperor set out to conquer all the lands he can reach and abolish all but one set of writing system and spoken language. This unification marks the birth of China as a unified country. This also allows great integration and efficiency within the country.

Putting it on the scale of the modern world, do you think we should abolish all different languages, accents, dialects and only allow one language/accent/dialect to be spoken and used in the world?

This would give the world many intangible advantages, more integration between countries (esp the hostile ones), efficiency in knowledge transfer, greater understanding between people of different background, no need for translator (which is a hefty cost), less burden for students to learn foreign languages....etc

And if you would pick Yes, what language do you think should the world use?
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Most of us already do for international affairs (Latin was also used as an International Language before English remember so not exactly a new idea). I think it's futile and a step in the wrong direction to abolish the diversity of human affairs, how bored would we be without the delicate wonders of choice?
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And if you would pick Yes, what language do you think should the world use?
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There was a time in China where a word can have 14 different ways of writing it and various pronunciation. And a young emperor set out to conquer all the lands he can reach and abolish all but one set of writing system and spoken language. This unification marks the birth of China as a unified country. This also allows great integration and efficiency within the country.
Well China didn't really work well if you think about it, there is still Mandarin, Cantonese and various other spoken dialects
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Tower of Babel
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We should all learn and speak Xhosa. Best language ever.
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No. There'd be thousands of jobs lost and parts of cultures ruined.
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and as it would be horribly biased if we picked the language of a particular country. Everyone should learn Klingon.
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If we did the language should obviously be English
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yeah man it's all about esperanto
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If we did the language should obviously be English

Your white privilege is oppressing me.
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There was a time in China where a word can have 14 different ways of writing it and various pronunciation. And a young emperor set out to conquer all the lands he can reach and abolish all but one set of writing system and spoken language. This unification marks the birth of China as a unified country. This also allows great integration and efficiency within the country.

Putting it on the scale of the modern world, do you think we should abolish all different languages, accents, dialects and only allow one language/accent/dialect to be spoken and used in the world?

This would give the world many intangible advantages, more integration between countries (esp the hostile ones), efficiency in knowledge transfer, greater understanding between people of different background, no need for translator (which is a hefty cost), less burden for students to learn foreign languages....etc

And if you would pick Yes, what language do you think should the world use?
No. Absoloutely not. The arrogance of the British abroad, that expect everyone to speak their language, is already enough.
Untranslatable idioms, poetry and literature in different languages, as well as the varying sonority and charm of various languages are all aspects of wonderfully enriching cultures that would be lost.
Besides, it would be pragmatically impossible to force everyone in the world to speak the same language and many would struggle to learn it, leading those people to become marginalised. Language is an intrinsic part of who people are. Plus you cannot abolish language and erase it from the writings of history. Even Latin and Ancient Greek that are no longer spoken are perpetuated in their literature, history and civilisation.
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Your white privilege is oppressing me.
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I wish.

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We could try, but we'll fail for multiple reasons... :fyi:
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There is so much culture in language that it would be a real shame to lose it. For example, there are some languages that have words that just don't exist in other languages because they relate to the culture. I do think there should be an international language, but there shouldn't just be one language.
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All written communication should be in emoji.

Only emoji.
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If we did the language should obviously be English
...and why should it be English?
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...and why should it be English?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English...lobal_language

Because English is so widely spoken, it has often been referred to as a "world language", the lingua franca of the modern era, and while it is not an official language in most countries, it is currently the language most often taught as a foreign language. It is, by international treaty, the official language for aeronautical and maritime communications. English is one of the official languages of the United Nations and many other international organisations, including the International Olympic Committee.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...of_speakers.29

English is the primary language of the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and various Caribbean and Pacific island nations; it is also an official language of Pakistan, India, the Philippines, Singapore and many sub-Saharan African countries. It is the most widely spoken language in the world, and the most widely taught foreign language.
The best movies, music, books etc. are in English. If you go to Spain, even though Spanish is a massive language as well, they mostly watch English/American movies with subtitles.
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What an ugly idea.
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