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Found on Slashdot: world languages in 21st century

from the Spanglesi-spoken-here dept.
James Murdoch (crown prince of father Rupert Murdoch's enormous News Corp. media empire, which includes Fox TV and movies, the Times of London, the worldwide Sky TV satellite service, and tabloid newspapers everywhere) offers his take on the future of language in big media and on the Internet over the next decades. Rather than an English-dominated mediasphere, he sees four major languages dominating: Mandarin (835 million native speakers), English (470M native, fewer than 800M as a second language), Spanish (330 MNS), and Hindi (300 MNS). He points to the influence of global media on standardization of language (broadcast Spanish from Chilean television is replacing native Rapanui on Easter Island, for example).

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