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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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