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International Auxialliary Language

International Auxialliary Language

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Argument for the necessity for and requirements of an international language
Argument for the necessity for and requirements of an international language

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Published by: Gregory H. Halverson on Jan 27, 2013
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Gregory H. HalversonEnglish 1016-4-2003
International Auxiliary Language
 As civilization is moving away from war and toward unity, internationalstandards of communication are a pressing issue. At present, the world’s culturesare alienated by their languages, but in the past few centuries, there has been asocial movement to implement an international auxiliary language (IAL), that is,a language that will act as a common method of communication between allcultures. I propose that human civilization construct an efficient human languagethat will act as the common language of Earth.To define the nature of the IAL, the hypothetical language discussed here will be designed from scratch. It will include a spoken and written system as wellas a sign language, Braille system, and digital encoding scheme. It will alsoinclude a universal calendar and monetary unit. The IAL will be culturally andpolitically neutral. It will be made as efficient as possible to facilitate clear andunambiguous communication. The IAL will be made flexible to allow for aneffective range of expression. It will be mutable, to permit reasonable evolution,as long as the language remains uniform and does not branch into otherlanguages. And it will be made as learnable as possible to fit in with peoples’ lives.The language will be instituted by making it required curriculum in every schooland making flexible classes available to adults.The IAL will be used for a variety of applications. All internationalcommunication will use the IAL. It will be the language of television, computers,and the Internet. It will be used for all technical and non-cultural applications. It
International Auxiliary Language
 will be the language of the entertainment industry. It will be used for all politicaldiscussions and treaties. It will be the language of commerce. And it will be thelanguage of academia. Latin was the language of the medieval renaissance, andthe IAL will be the language of the 21
century renaissance. A logical problem that the IAL will solve is that many modern languageshave deep flaws because they have not been consciously designed. English inparticular has many deficiencies as is discussed by George Orwell in Politics andthe English Language, “Most people who bother at all would admit that theEnglish language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it” (626). These flaws include homonyms,irregular verbs, ambiguity, and inconsistencies in the writing system. Many natural languages are very ambiguous and difficult to program with. Thisimpedes the progress of technology.The IAL will solve these problems with a systematic and consistent design.Things such as homonyms and irregular verbs will be kept out of the design. The written language will have a one to one correspondence to the spoken language.This will facilitate reading, writing, dictation, speech synthesis, and translation,and will accelerate the progress of technology. This will allow the IAL to be thelanguage of the computer. Ambiguity would be kept out of the design, but forflexibility, it will still allow for the expression of ambiguity. At the
level, the lack of a common language makes it difficultfor individuals to communicate across the world. The invention of air travel hascaused a mass amount of immigration and intermarriage between geographically and therefore linguistically diverse cultures. Many people have family members
International Auxiliary Language
that live in another country than they do, and an extended family that speaks adifferent language. For example, my uncle and his family lives in Japan andspeak Japanese. I live in Los Angeles and grew up speaking only English andlimited Spanish, and I don’t have time to learn Japanese. My uncle speaksEnglish, but my cousins cannot speak English effectively. This causes a linguisticdivision between me and my family. Modern information technology such as thetelephone and the Internet give us the physical facility to communicate, but thehole in this ability is that we have no common language to communicate with.The IAL will fill this void and allow every family to have a feeling of unity. At the
level, the separation of language alienates different cultures.For example, in downtown Los Angeles, California, people from every culture inthe world live adjacently. People of a cornucopia of race, heritage and religioninteract with each other on a daily basis. Pico Iyer comments on this in his essay, Where Worlds Collide:Places like LAX—places like L.A.—perpetuate the sense that everyone is astranger in our new floating world. I spent one afternoon in the airport with a Californian Blonde, and I saw her complimented on her English by a sweet Korean woman and asked by an Iranian if she was Indian. (279)In such a culturally diverse area as this, people should be able to respect eachothers’ cultures. But the dilemma in this situation is that the various cultures stillretain their original languages. As people come to Los Angeles, they tend toassociate themselves with people who speak the same language as them.Consequently, linguistic groups develop geographically. People who speak a certain language go to live and work in an area of the city where they know they can get by using their native tongue. This causes a division in the population. The

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