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Could we break the language barrier?

Languages are just too different.
Esperanto? A good try but it’s very Eurocentric and forcing everyone to learn it would be pretty blatantly racist.

So idea:
We created multiple languages based off linguistic families and regions.

The one based off the European languages? Esperanto.

One based off of the Sino-Tibetan languages?

One based of the Semitic languages?

One based off the Indic? The Austronesian? The Niger-Congo languages?

If we have those we have most the verbal language speakers on the planet.

So assuming that the one your native language falls into take about the same time as Esperanto to learn (150 hours), and the others take about twice as long (300 hours) it would take about 1750 hours to learn how to speak to most the people on the planet.

It takes more time to learn Mandarin (2200 hours).

Of course, everyone wouldn’t even have to learn all of them. If we all learned half of them we could still probably speak with most the people in the world anyway, and learn it all by the time we graduate high school.

What do y'all think?

I’ve been super inspired by the language moodboards I’ve seen around, and I thought I’d give it a shot with the language I learned during my two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in central Uganda - Luganda. Besides I haven’t seen too many African languages represented!

For those who aren’t familiar, from Wikipedia, The Ganda language, Luganda is one of the major languages in Uganda, spoken by five million Baganda and other people principally in Southern Uganda, including the capital Kampala. It belongs to the Bantu branch of the Niger–Congo language family. Typologically, it is a highly agglutinating language with subject–verb–object word order and nominative–accusative morphosyntactic alignment. With about four million first-language-speakers in the Buganda region and a million others who are fluent, it is the most widely spoken Ugandan language. As second language it follows English and precedes Swahili. The language is used in some primary schools in Buganda as pupils begin to learn English, the primary official language of Uganda. Until the 1960s, Luganda was also the official language of instruction in primary schools in Eastern Uganda.

5.1.1 - Gender categories 

Note: 1 - the languages in the Americas refer to the pre-colonization distribution of families. 2 - Gender categories refer here to the assignement of a gender to a noun which may be marked morphologically in several ways. It has nothing to do with expressing natural gender.

Masculine, feminin and neuter are characteristic of Indo-European languages. Many of them have lost the neuter like romance languages (except romanian and asturian), celtic languages, baltic languages, and most Indo-Aryan languages. Some, like dutch, danish and swedish have merged the masculin and the feminin into a common gender, making thus a distinction more similar to animate and inanimate.

Genderless languages are the most common: Turkic, Tungunsic, Sino-Tibetan, Mongolic, Koreanic, Japonic, Kartvelian, Pontic, Uralic, Austronesian, Austroasiatic, Dravidic (except Tamil), Tai-Kadai, Pama-Nyungan and most australian languages, Tupi-Gê-Carib, Arawan, Arawak, Na-Dene, Eskimo-Aleut, and many others in Papua and the Americas. English and Afrikaans lost all gender marking except in pronouns (he, she, it, for example).

Several classes occur in most Niger-Congo languages, Caspian languages, Khoisan languages and some aboriginal australian languages. They may contain animal genders, vegetal genders, genders for rocks and many other categories.

Animate and inanimate gender is common in some Amerindian families such as Algic, Uto-Aztecan, Quechuan, Aymara, Mapudungun, Iroquoian, Siouan.

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5.1.3 - Morphological typology

Tonal languages are normally analytical, but some aren’t (english, for example). Creoles are normally analytic too. Most Amerindian languages are polysynthetic. Outside the Americas one can find polysynthesis also in the Caucasian languages, Munda languages in India and some in Papua and Australia. Typically agglutinative languages are Niger-Congo (Bantu), Turkic, Uralic, Mongolic, Tungusic, Korean, Japonic, Dravidic, some Austronesian, Pama-Nyungan and many other in Australia and Papua. Persian, Ossetian, Armenian and Kurdish are some Indo-European languages that are unusually agglutinative.

4.1.1 - Tonal and pitch accent languages

Characteristic tonal languages include most Niger-Congo languages in Africa and east Asian languages (Sino-Tibetan, Tai-Kadai, Vietnamese). Also highly tonal languages are found in Mexico (Otomanguean languages).

Pitch accent languages have simple tone systems, often associated with stress location in the word. This languages inlcude many Na-Dene languages, swedish ,norwegian, lithuanian, latvian, limburgish, serbo-croatian, slovenian, punjabi, tibetan, korean, shangainese, japanese, somali, bambara, hausa, kimbundu, umbundu, zulu, yacatec maya, some papuan languages and some new caledonian languages.

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