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throw0101a · 2020-01-23 · Original thread
> It is also one of the reasons why English is taking over ...

There are various reasons why a language may become a lingua franca (LF). If anyone wants to more about the history and process of this, I recommend The Last Lingua Franca: English Until the Return of Babel by Nicholas Ostle:




He goes over past LFs like Persian, Aramaic, Ancient/Koine Greek, and how they waxed and waned over the centuries, and what may happen to English in the future.

pjmlp · 2019-11-27 · Original thread
Yet Google, Apple, Microsoft are driving C's replacement for better alternatives, go figure.

English only became the lingua Franca after the two big wars, and even then, good luck trying to make use of English in some world regions.

I recommend reading a bit about the history of lingua francas since the beginning of mankind.

"The Last Lingua Franca: English Until the Return of Babel"

100k · 2018-04-06 · Original thread
The author makes the argument that automatic translation could prevent the rise of a new lingua franca:

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