Is English far more superior than any other language? If so why? If not what do you believe to be the superior language?
The English language has the most most high quality prose and verse out of any language. Even more than Russian and French.
Does English actually have an especially large vocabulary or is that just a myth? And I'm not talking about nitpicking about compound words and prefixes, do we have more synonyms for a word on average?
It's probably a myth. I mean, in Dutch we often can express ourselves in a Dutch, German or French way. More often than in English.
Like car (latin), automobile (french), wagon (Dutch/Germanic).
Plus we can invent new words by connecting words together. So words like towelhead come into existence somewhat spontaneously. We call hate them hatebeards.
>largess of the vocabulary
>"The correct answer is that the question is meaningless in its general formulation (as above), in the strict sense that it contains words that are too vague in this context (“language” and “vocabulary” and “largest” and “have”). Therefore, although the grammatical form is that of a question, no question is really posed."
Technically, German has a larger vocabulary and Finnish has a theoretically infinite vocabulary, so...
and probably others I don't know are better than English
English prose is so dull. Turkish prose is shit but still even it is more vivid than English. That is why English prose works tend to be "striking" -in ideas-, to make up for the lack of pure beauty of prose.
Couple new words in 2015
Earthquakeroom (a room from which earth quakes are monitored)
Jihadgala (an event where a radical imam speeches)
Fakefaction (a faction in parliament that doesn't represent the people)
Selfiedead (someone who dies making a selfie)
Gatejumper (someone who jumps over the gates in train stations)
Welcomeshop (a shop where you hand out stuff to new refugees)
Yeah. One for the government and schools (together with Belgium and Suriname and so on). And an unofficial one for the media and journalists, who disagree with the spelling rules.
You're a philistine and irrefutably incorrect. Furthermore, I was referring to bodies of work, not the composition of the language itself.
The English language has the most high qualities authors of any language in the history of the world.
I meant Dutch is spoken on three continents as well. But of course on a much smaller scale than Spanish, so it's much easier to steer.
It used to be spoken on 5 continents, but we overstayed our welcome in Indonesia. And South Africa and Namibia decided Afrikaans isn't a Dutch dialect anymore.
>using two letter for one sound (K, C)
>using two letters for one sound (ts)
>using two sounds for one letter (curry, cicero)
>sick, cuck, tuck, etc.
That feel when no Esperanto education in the United States.
Nah, it's because Tito spoke Esperanto and a lot of the best literature comes from Yugoslavia.
Southern Slavs affected the development of Esperanto culture in the early and mid 20th century.
I consider all Indo-European languages to be inferior
Has anyone here actually studied a language besides english? I'm mostly asking the anglos here. It's comical when monolinguals try to say that obviously their language is superior because of reasons, when they actually have no clue about any other language.
I've studied mandarin, yupik, navajo, lakhota, arabic, spanish, quechua, turkish, and finnish. Not to learn them, but studied them. I have concluded that Lakhota is objectively the best language.
it's not superior, it has so many horrible things I don't even know(see why the fuck I should write "k" here??) where to start, BUT it's fucking flexible as fuck and basics are so easy to grasp that even non-humans or sub-humans can learn the basics very easily
No, I am an Algonquin which is a Plains Cree from central Canada. To be honest I can agree that I have mongol blood cause its hard to argue how first nations people came to the Americans. You and me could share some similar DNA, whiteman of Asia.
Heer iz wat English wood look laik if yoo wer too spell it az it iz ritten. Ah(b)viusly, it nau looks lyke a moor Jermaanik langwedge az wel az ideeotik. Ayd laik too þank ðee French fur giving us ðeir stoopid spelling sistem.
Romanian is an ugly version of Romanian.
Gender is a social construct. Smash the patriarchy.
>Only reason English could be considered superior is its insanely huge vocabulary, which isn't really "superior" in anything other than writing dense scientific and academic articles.
Arabic has much bigger
>most of India and Pakistan speak English
>French, German, Spanish
>plenty of Germans already speak solid English
>French hold out from pride
>most hispanohablante countries dont only because of lack of education and poverty
>the only reason Russian is important is because of aggression
>the important parts of the world that speak arabic already speak english
>listing all of the nuclear powers, leaving out china
You've made a terrible list.
>arabic has much bigger
Yea, what kind? Levantine? Iraqi or Egyptian?
>being this wrong
No language on Earth has as large of a vocabulary as English. Not only does it borrow whatever vocabulary from whatever language as necessary, it also has invents new words constantly and adds the most words annually to its dictionaries.
To answer the OP, the only reason the world could adopt English is because so many people already speak it. Only Mandarin outnumbers it for total speakers, including native speakers and multilingual persons. There is nothing intrinsically superior about the English language compared to other languages. The only superior idea is the attitude held by many English speakers about how to communicate using English, which is that rules aren't necessarily important as long as meaning is conveyed and that the language should change and adapt. This makes it the most flexible in application.
Source: I'm a professional linguist and certified multilingual translator.
I think the superior language would be something easy to learn, clean sounding and where the written language has direct correspondence to the spoken one. I don't think there is a language that fits all three.
+ not a lot of syntaxbound morphology and syntactic trickery
+ pronunciation difficulties are mostly vowels and stress
- pronunciation not that easy
- necessary vocabulary beyond basic is potentially very big
- derivative morphology