Date: Sun, 6 Oct 1996 20:25:30 -0500
From: Dan Goodman dsgood[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]VISI.COM
Subject: English 100 years from now
What the English language as a whole will be like a century from now
depends partly on the relative prestige of English-speaking countries;
whether there's a civil war in Mexico which sends refugees north, or
the Mexican economy improves enough that it's not worthwhile going to
the US for work; and a few other things which are difficult to
I will predict this: Most major American metropolitan areas which
have distinctive local dialects now will still have them -- but
they'll be different. The New York Metropolitan dialect, for example,
will probably include a fair number of Somali words and at least a few
less Yiddish words.
Newer metropolitan areas which don't now have distinctive local
dialects will develop them. I don't know how differently Salt Lake
City people speak than people from the nearest parts of rural Utah --
but there will be a detectable difference a century from now.
The dialect used in country music will be increasingly different from
any spoken dialect.
The Hudson Valley dialect will either have succumbed completely to the
New York Metropolitan dialect and Upstate New York dialect, or will
survive only in small, remote areas.
The Canadian border will be increasingly less of a border between
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