A popular comparison between a natural and a machine language
English has evolved over time to the point where if you were to travel back in time to just a few hundred years, you may not recognize it as English. Words may have different meanings, the structure may vary or the pronunciation may be a hurdle. The further you go back the more pronounced the difference (pun intended). As part of the English language’s evolution, it has also borrowed words from other languages. Some popular words which we use in computing, are borrowed from Sanskrit; avatar and java to name a couple of apt examples.
Language is something that binds us as much as it is something that separates us from one another. English is a language which many people around the world can use to communicate, it may not be their native tongue but it can be a compromise between speakers. It allows the facilitation of information across international barriers. English is a great tool but a consequence is that it can impact native languages, they may become endangered as English takes precedence.
Each language you learn gives perspective and, insight into the culture that crafted and cultivated it.
Finally, if you don’t know English – congratulations on making it through this article, it must have been a real challenge!
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