The Future of Language (Last Daily Post)

Just a quick entry for today, and after today I’ll only be updating this on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Occasionally there might be exceptions, but that’ll be the usual.
    Anyway, one thing that I noticed recently is the rather strange way that language is treated in works of science-fiction. Now, as I’m sure you already know, the language of the past was a lot more formal than the language of today (especially the 18th/19th centuries), but in most pieces of science-fiction, when the future is shown, the language seems to be shown as the same as language from the past. I think what this mainly shows is the difficulty of imagining the ways in which our language will change and so the writer’s thought process is something like this “I wonder how people of the future will talk? Well, if I move backwards through time by a hundred years they talk formally, so if I move forward by a hundred years they probably do the same!” but really I think it’s quite wrong to assume the language will become much more formal, I think it’ll be the reverse of true (not that I think Text Language or l33t 2p3@k will come the norm) but I just think it’ll become more informal in ways we don’t really imagine at the moment. Personally, I think that the way we write will become more and more like the way that we speak, but definitely not more formal!
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