2 thoughts on “The Evolution of Languages

  1. albarashi says:

    Nice work Omar.

    I wonder if the alphabets or orthography would affect the survivability of a language. Would it be advantageous for a language to be converted to a latin base alphabet? or something close, like in the case of Indonesian language, or Turkish language which evolved relatively recently to the way it is now.

  2. Omar Albeshr Omar Albeshr says:

    Thank you very much for your comment and support.

    I actually was thinking of writing about languages that changed their orthographies, I'm glad you you brought it up. The decision of doing so, specially in Turkey was for two main reasons: The first one is that the Turkish language had more vowels than Arabic and the Latin letters allowed more room for accents to show these vowels. The second reason, is a political one, as Ataturk wanted Turkey to seem more Eurepean and as it eventually did. As for Indonesian language it was more of going with the tides, when the Muslims/Arabs ruled it, their letters were Arabic, and when the Euorpeans invaded it, it changed.

    Will this help the survivability of the language, maybe, but it certainly helps people who can pronounce Latin letters a bit in sounding out the words.

    Hope this helps.

    Thanks again.

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