Friday, July 10, 2020

Uptalk

Language changes over time. Sometimes on short term. During the last four decades English speakers tend to end statements with rising intonation. A phenomenon called 'Uptalk'. Researchers foresee linguistic issues during space travelling...


“If you're on a space vessel for 10 generations, new concepts will emerge, new social issues will come up, and people will create ways of talking about them,” says Andrew McKenzie (*), “and these will become the vocabulary particular to the ship. People on Earth might never know about these words, unless there's a reason to tell them. And the further away you get, the less you're going to talk to people back home. Generations pass, and there's no one really back home to talk to. And there's not much you want to tell them, because they'll only find out years later, and then you'll hear back from them years after that."

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(*) Andrew McKenzie, associate professor of linguistics at Kansas University and Jeffrey Punske, assistant professor of linguistics at Southern Illinois University,: “Language Development During Interstellar Travel” - Acta Futura, journal of the European Space Agency’s Advanced Concepts Team, April, 2020.