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The Future of Language

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Science  27 Feb 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5662, pp. 1329-1331
DOI: 10.1126/science.1096546

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The world's language system is undergoing rapid change because of demographic trends, new technology, and international communication. These changes will affect both written and spoken communication. English may not be the dominant language of the future, and the need to be multilingual will be enhanced. Although many languages are going extinct, new ones are emerging in cities and extended social groups.

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