Do you think 20,000 years humans will be speaking a new language that would sound so foreign to us right now, or do you think it would ...?

... still sound like our present day English?

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  • Tom
    Lv 7
    1 week ago

    You can't understand 1000 Year old "English"----Look at Geofery Chaucer  of Canterbury tales.    Not even THAT old.------Much less 20,000 years from now.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

     Highly doubt Human’s will still exist in 20k year’s zxjqf

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  • 1 month ago

    Teenagers have a language all their own right now. 

  • 2 months ago

    This earth wont be here, and no life in 20,000 years

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  • 2 months ago

    Assuming there are any humans left by then, which is very unlikely because of the Doomsday Argument, it would be informative to look back into the past.  We would be able to understand spoken English from about five hundred years ago and written English for a couple of centuries longer.  The difference is that we now have recorded sound.  Even so, there are significant differences in grammar and pronunciation even still and in some ways widespread literacy and the ability to hear people distant in place and time have accelerated language change rather than slowed it down.  It's certain we would not be able to understand language in twenty millennia, and arguably we wouldn't be able to understand it by 2500.  If we heard it now it would probably sound like New Guinea pidgin pronounced in an exaggerated New Zealander accent.

  • 2 months ago

    The way current American teenagers talk now sounds like a foreign language. 

  • 2 months ago

    I bet we will have made ourselves extinct long before then

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Questions about the answerer are not allowed.

    There are almost 7000 languages now, and some will already sound "alien" to you. Many are threatened with extinction. Of the remaining ones, some will change a lot, while others stay pretty much the same

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Olde English it was "Englisc".   

    Middle English it was "English".   

    Modern English it is "English". 

    In Ebonics it is "Yo! Englahsh".   

    Future weird radioactive English it might be "Ynspannese".

    A logical progression ?   

  • 2 months ago

    It's changed in a relatively short time, I only have to look at 100 year old graves here in England, lots of "thou" and "thee" which are not used any more. Not just words, figures of speech, no modern grave talks like them, "two last breadths [sic] closed" and such.

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