Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Buzzard: Evolution English Into Not Understand

image Justin Buzzard points to a fascinating article in Wired magazine on how English is Evolving Into a Language We May Not Even Understand.  It points out that today most conversations in English are between people for whom English is not their native tongue.  It is the new lingua franca.  By 2020 only 20% of those speaking English will be native speakers. 

The upshot?  More and more "acceptable" English will begin to sound like Chinese.  How and if this will affect American preaching in MY lifetime is problematic, but it certainly could affect preaching around the world and preaching in America in the next generation or two. 

Fascinating article.  Find it here.

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