Date: Wed, 19 Oct 1994 18:32:03 -0500
From: Daniel S Goodman dsg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAROON.TC.UMN.EDU
Subject: Future American English
In 1938, ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION (now ANALOG) published "Language for
Time Travellers" -- an article by L. Sprague De Camp. By this time, they
might be ready to publish another article on the same topic. If not, one
of their competitors might be. Or any of several publications for people
writing (or trying to write) science fiction.
Has anything useful been written on the future of American English? I'm
attempting to write a novel set mostly in 2156 America (Upper Midwest).
I _think_ it's safe to assume that 1) American English will still be
intelligible to someone of our time -- though with some difficulty; 2)
There will still be dialects -- not necessarily the same ones that exist
today; 3) there will be new immigrant dialects.
Dan Goodman dsg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]maroon.tc.umn.edu