2011-11-3 9:21:17 版主
MATTHEW: Chris, why is it that there are so many different languages , and
that in Europe certainly if you travel more than a hundred miles ,
you’re likely to find people speaking a completely different language
to your own?
CHRIS: Well, it’s true to say that there are er ... hundreds and hundreds
of different languages. It’s perhaps um . . . however , more
interesting and more informative to say that there are several
different groups of languages er . .. Most European languages,with
the exception of I think Finnish and er .. . Basque and . . .
Hungarian I believe,belong to the Indo-European group of languages,
I’m not very sure myself of the . . . the actual details of the
history of these languages, but you can be very sure that er ... most
of these languages , say Latin and Greek nd our own language a and
er . . . German and er ... French and ... all the others, are
connected. The reason why you can travel from one Willage to another
in Switzerland and er . . . from one area to another in England
and find different dialects, if not different languages spoken,
is that um ... several hundred years ago communication was by word
of mouth. Word of mouth meant that people had to move ; if people
were to move they needed roads and there were no roads.
MATTHEW: Do you see any chance for a universal language like Esperanto?
CHRIS: Not for an artificial er ... language, no ... I suppose the Roman
Catholic Church used Latin. but Latin had a ... a particular
religious basis and this is probably why it was therefore chosen.
I don’t see very much chance for Esperanto; I think it’s an awfully
good idea but I don’t believe that language works like that.I think
people will probably er .. . work towards the most convenient
language to use.They will not set out to learn a new language. It
seems to me that er ... either English,. Russian or Chinese, perhaps