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Is English the modern equivalent of Latin?
I mean Latin was once the language of learning throughout Europe and spoken in all countries by the educated. Is this analagous to the position of English in the world today?
asked in language, English, Latin



P-Kasso answers:

A universal language followa the most powerful nation of the time.

Romans ruled, Latin became big.

The Spanish ruled and South America still uses Spanish as their Lingua Franca.

French was for a time the main legal language when the French were ruling the roost.

Then came our turn with English.

Now American is taking over.

Next may be Chinese or Arabic.


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Poindexter answers:

Arguably yes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingua_franca


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