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A short history of the language

In order to understand what digital newspeak is, first we have to defining what language is and what is it impact to our life. Then try to identify the relationship that connects people with the virtual world. Based on this, we can determined what a digital newspeak is. So why do we need language and where did it come from? Scientists agree that our ancestors certainly used the language of 100,000. years ago and stress that this social skill had a significant impact on the development of civilization. The answer to the question of where the need for language emerges seems to be simple, a person was looking for a method of effective communication. Confusing this argument may be the creation of almost 7000 languages, which certainly reduces the effectiveness of communication, which would be if only one language is used around the world. Contrary to appearances, new languages were not born mainly due to the migration of tribes and because the distance forced the formation of other words. It was the societies living close together that created separate languages. This was due to the group’s ties and attempts to distinguish it from others and also from the xenophobic nature of man. We cannot point to the original language from which others evolved. We know, however, language families, which is depicted in the figure below.

Human Language Families

Source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b4/Human_Language_Families_%28wikicolors%29.png

Everything suggests that by the year 2100 almost half of the currently used languages will disappear. This is part of the process that we can observe based on standardizing the language while removing old ones. It is worth knowing which language is the most popular (the largest number of people who recognize a given language as their native language). Here, the Chinese (Mandarin) is ranked first with 1.39 billion people. The next place is occupied by the Hindi-Urdu language, which 588 million people consider their mother tongue. English took only the third place is with a score of 527 million people. However, in order to show well the popularity of languages and their future, it is worth referring to one more statement, namely the ranking of languages most often chosen for learning. Here the undisputed leader is English, which is taught to about 1.5 billion people around the world. Next in order is French, which is only taught (compared to English) about 82 million people. The podium closes the Chinese language with the result of 30 million people. The evolution of language in the Internet age is a fast and easy process to observe. There is no need to convince anyone that the Internet has already become a part of our lives and is a part of both personal and professional life. It is also a great example of the special language behaviour on the web, which is discussed in the next chapter.

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