Interesting article. The arguments presented by Nielsen also explain why we oppose English as the official language of space settlements. As we want to establish a new society, a new culture, a new civilization, we need to have a new language. Though we will not go for Esperanto, Ido is more of our liking, as that language as already some reputation.
When I was younger I didn’t like languages. In school, I hated Irish and thought it was a complete waste of time. Why bother learning it when everyone spoke English? In fact what’s the use of any other language when it’s obvious that English is the international language? This view is very common among English native speakers and to a certain extent it’s true. English is one of the most spoken languages in the world and is by far the most common second language in the world. No matter where you travel in the world, you have a decent chance of finding an English speaker. International conferencesalmost always are held in English and over 90% of academic articles are published in English. So it seems like case closed, English is the global language, everyone speaks it and I should be thankful that I happen to be a native speaker.
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