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The only people who speak Esperanto are aficionados, and that's the way it's always going to be...sorry. Only languages backed by an actual culture have any real chance of capturing the hearts and minds of a majority of real people. For all intents and purposes, English is already the world language. In the 18th and 19th centuries, French was dominant, in competition with English, which eventually won out (as did the associated empire and its heirs, such as the USA). When Russia was at the peak of its power in the 20th century, Russian was considered a strong contender for a world language competitor. Japanese had a bit of a run in the 1970s and 1980s. Now, the talk is all about Mandarin Chinese. I'll wager anything, however, that English, and especially the American variety, will continue to be the world language of business and culture for at least the next century or two to come...and probably for millenia after that in some form or another, assuming globalization continues. Yes, they'll definitely be speaking English in Starfleet....

Posted by JackOfAllTrades on 12/02/2009 at 11:13 AM

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