Sarah Griffiths writes at The Daily Mail:
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Sci-fi visions of the future may focus on soaring skylines and flying cars, but the world in 100 years may not only look different, but sound different too.
While there are more than 6,000 languages spoken globally at present, less than 600 are likely to endure in 2115, and they could be simplified versions of what we recognise today, one linguist has claimed.
He told MailOnline that the advent of technologically-advanced translating tools will not be enough to save the diversity of Earth’s languages either.
Writing in a piece for The Wall Street Journal, Dr John McWhorter said that in a century from now there will be ‘vastly fewer languages,’ which will be less complicated than they are today – especially in the way they are spoken.
The American studies, philosophy and music expert at Columbia University, predicts that 90 per cent of languages will die out to leave around 600.