opinions on very long term storage and references from Google search

From: der Mouse <mouse_at_Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
Date: Sun May 16 00:05:47 2004

> In a hundred years the world will be speaking and writing Hindu or
> whatever dialect is popular in China and India

There's actually an excellent chance, I'd say, that that dialect will
be far more similar to today's English than to Maharati or Cantonese or
any of the other native Indian or Chinese languages. English is
already a lingua franca in parts of the world where you wouldn't expect
it - for example, my mother (who spent some years in India) tells that
at some pan-Indian event in the middle of last century, everyone spoke
English because there was no other interchange language available
between the Hindustani-derived speakers from the north and the
Devanagri-derived speakers from the south.

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