I read a news feature about how Internet shorthand is getting increasingly frequent use in general conversation. Such as: “She told me a joke and, OMG, it made me LOL.”
I read a news feature about how Internet shorthand is getting increasingly frequent use in general conversation.
Such as: “She told me a joke and, OMG, it made me LOL.”
We’ve grown accustomed to seeing those things online and in texting, but hearing it in everyday speech is apparently a trend.
It’s a longstanding law of linguistics: Language evolves because stuff happens.
Speaking of language:?It seems most movies set in the future put a lot of emphasis on technology and clothing style, yet language gets only lip service.
Unless someone is a robot or a Vulcan, everybody in the future seems to talk exactly how we talk in the present.
Why is it we can make leaps in logic for technology and fashion, but nobody bothers much with the speech details??You’d think that would be important, with the dialog and all.
I realize this is based on a small sample of future-based movies I have actually seen, so perhaps my analysis is off. But I specify more generally.
This ignorance of tomorrow’s language makes me wonder about time travel. If someone went 200 years into tomorrow, would it be possible to blend in, based on the way people talked?
Would speaking like someone from the past be a red flag that would stand out like a sore thumb?
What if language has changed so much that you barely understand it??Could you communicate?
The opposite problem happens if you go back in time. You’re likely to slip up and say something 21st centuryesque like, “OMG, there sure are a lot of saloons around these here parts, LOL — can I borrow your horse?”
None of this is a problem, though, if you can avoid being the first-time traveler. Whoever gets that honor is a guinea pig, jumping ahead in time to gather information about language in the future, then returning to now.
Problem: Any audio technology brought back is likely inaccessible using today’s devices.
I know what you’re wondering. “Why are you worried about language barriers associated with time travel, when time travel isn’t a realistic scientific possibility at this point?”
Well, you never know when that time will come. And when it does, I want to be prepared, so I can speak properly.
At least I already know how I’ll be dressed.
Dennis Volkert is features editor at the Sturgis, Mich., Journal. Contact him at email@example.com.