July 29, 2010
A comment at Gene Expression has introduced me to a new term: “Globish“.
UPDATE: A relevant Language Log post.
Reminds me of Simlish.
I’ve heard that more people speak Klingon than Navajo. How many more people ‘speak’ (or at least can improvise convincingly) Simlish?
It would have been nice if the Wikipedia article actually included a passage or two in Globish.
Globish reminds me of another failed project called “Basic English” which failed, because native English speakers could not remember which words not to use :)
So it’s time to move forward and adopt a neutral non-national language, taught universally in schools worldwide,in all nations. As a native English speaker, I would prefer Esperanto
Your readers may be interested in the following video at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=_YHALnLV9XU Professor Piron was a translator with the United Nations in Geneva.
A glimpse of Esperanto can be seen at http://www.lernu.net
A list of words is here. A video of the creator speaking in and about Globish is here. Mark Liberman of Language Log doesn’t care for it.
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