ryan (rmg7) wrote in linguaphiles,
ryan
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answer a person's common question

I have had a good amount of people who are not language-savvy, linguistically interested people converse with me before, and ask me this simple question: "Why doesn't/hasn't everyone in the world just speak the same language?"

Now I know there are a multitude of responses I could reply with, but most of the time I'm too caught up with all the possible answers to properly, and concisely answer this question to the point and supply enough of an answer to satisfy the person. Most people who ask it just add to it with "...It would make things so much easier...", "...everyone could communicate easier..."
Me being someone who appreciates language and its diversity wants to convey the linguistic approach to this question and answer it properly...

So I'm asking you, in a linguaphile's mind, what is a concise, but informative way to answer that question to a person unexposed to linguistics or of a substantial language studying background? I'd also like to just hear others sayings on this question.


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