Originally Posted by zunx
Get real. There are more than 30,000 languages in the world. Should we keep them all alive or devote resources to other goals and have a single language to communicate? Get real.
Dunno who you were replying to, but if me, in the language you use, you should get the diff between "archive" and "keep alive."
facebook "archives" more status posts, vids and snapshots filling more storage than it would take to store the vocabulary, rules, audio and visual samples and in most cases the entire literature of most obscure languages every minute. And most languages are already preserved and documented. On the world scale of things, the effort required is trivial.
Your other proposal - to magically mandate a single language for humanity is the one that needs to "get real." Ain't gonna happen. People whose languages have been suppressed have shown repeatedly they will fight - often to the death, often for generations - to keep their tongue alive. Viz., the Basques.
Hebrew's had an amazing Renaissance since the founding of Israel and much of the world's research, not to mention much art and literature is being done/created in this ancient, once almost wiped out tongue. And in Europe, which has expended huge resources in uniting its peoples into a "European identity," even though most urbanites are at least partly multi-lingual, no one has seriously suggested that they all speak one language - because implementing one (even choosing one) could only be done by force. The use of which can be found all over the history of the failed Soviet Union.
Most (or at least a plurality) of people in India did and do speak English, but as soon as Independence was won from England after a long occupation, one of the first actions of the Indian government was to make Hindi the official language - but in a country of hundreds of language variants, it's never been mandated.
And our experience (and the Australians' comparable experience) in trying to force a single language and culture on native American and aboriginal peoples has worked out so well for those folk.
Life's also complicated by the existence of more than one computer programming language. Let's wipe out those problems too by mandating a single coding tool. Sure.
Get real? I have. You haven't.